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United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas A. Blackmon
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

    Roy says: "Will Take Your Breath Away"
    "History everyone should know"
    Would you listen to Slavery by Another Name again? Why?

    No. It's not entertaining. The stories are seared into one's memory.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Suntrust revealing to its employees that the Bank's starting equity was largely the result of massive profits from slave labor well into the 1900s.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as book

    Any additional comments?

    Shocking. Powerful. Insightful. Must Listen American History

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right.

    Douglas says: "This is NOT Racism!..."
    "An interesting hypothesis sure...."
    What did you like best about A Troublesome Inheritance? What did you like least?

    An interesting hypothesis that warrants a discussion - perhaps not a full book? The least part was I liked was the first few chapters - almost returned it, but stuck it out. Enjoyed parts of the second half. A recall on Belayev's foxes experiment in this context is interesting

    If you’ve listened to books by Nicholas Wade before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I learned that they burned dozens of cats alive at the public square in Medieval times - in front of the King. (Spoiler alert) . Perhaps we have developed a larger sense of empathy since then -- ok perhaps.

    Could you see A Troublesome Inheritance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh, No

    Any additional comments?

    A professor might say "An interesting hypothesis....let me know if anyone finds any evidence to support it." A long way to go to get to that conclusion.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "Terrifying true story is an understatement"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hot Zone the most enjoyable?

    I was shitting my pants the entire story

    What other book might you compare The Hot Zone to and why?

    None that I've read were ever THIS scary

    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Huge fan of Davidson. I was yelling at the characters , NO!!, don't go in there, don't do that! He really makes you feel like you're there and then some.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That some strange zombie-like millions of years old virus existing in a state in between life and death is just waiting for you to come along to activate so it can melt your tissues. That's one helluva tidbit to pick up

    Any additional comments?

    Imagine having the job of killing 200 zombie monkeys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Sadly another fraud"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys manipulation

    What could Eben Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give 100 percent of the proceeds to charity

    What didn’t you like about Eben Alexander’s performance?

    Make no mistake about it. It's a masterful performance. It just wasn't the truth

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Proof of Heaven?

    None. The book is a cash cow as is.

    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself from contributing to this fraud. It's a very, very convincing story. However, the author has been revealed as a fraud and a liar in court and in his medical career. Sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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