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John

Granger, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    "Starts with a conclusion and tries to support it."
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    The war on drugs is a plot to incarcerate a generation of black men? This is as incredible (or unbelieveable) a conspiracy theory as those who think President Obama isn't a U.S. citizen. As a professional in the criminal justice system, I find this book to be offensive. I have never taken part in a racially motivated prosecution nor have I ever observed one happening, and would have expressed my opposition if I had. I recognize that the war on drugs is a failure and has incarcerated a huge number of black men. However, that was not the intended outcome. The intended outcome was to eradicate drugs of abuse, which were having a devastating effect on the black community. Unfortunately, black men are incarcerated more often because they are, again unfortunately, involved in crime more often, proportionally, than whites. That is the incovenient truth, as Al Gore would say. But there are societal reasons for this that are going unaddressed. I personally believe a large part of the problem is the breakdown of the family in the black community, leaving so many young black men with no positive male roll models in their lives, so they turn to other negative roll models. However, the criminal justice system is not to blame for incarcerating those who break the laws. But nothing is being done to correct the social ills that lead young black men to do so: non-existent families, awful education systems in urban neighborhoods, and no job opportunites. Blaming the criminal justice system blames a symptom of the problem, not a cause of the problem. Its a convenient target, but is like blaming a law mower for causing the lawn to grow.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (854)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Benoibe says: "Best book of the year!"
    "Fabulous story, writing, and performance."
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    Although I am a recreational rower, I had never heard of this team, and their role in the 1936 Olympics. Myself and my 20 yo son listened to this on a long car trip and didn't want to get out of the car. Fabulously written. It reminded me of both Seabiscuit and Unbreakable in the quality of the writing. Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (919)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Great listen, despite some poor narration."
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    I loved this book!! My 20 yo son and I listened to it on a camping trip, and he loved it as well. What an amazing and frightening look at a totally disfunctional society. The only downside is that two of the narrators were poor. One, who was doing the chapters involving the North Korean news announcements, sounded like a person with a Brooklyn accent trying to do a Korean accent and doing a poor job. The other doing the interrogator character sounded like a female, but the character was male. Regardless, this was only distracting to a minor degree. I wish they had simply had the main narrator do the entire book. In any event, aside from that, I highly recommend it and so does my son!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (674)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "What's all the fuss about?"
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    I missed this book somehow in high school and college and thought I would finally get around to reading it (I always read and listen alternatingly). Anyway, I suppose that when I was younger I might have been more taken by the philosophical aspects of the book. As a middle aged professional, I frequently found it rather tiresome. When one speaker or another goes off on a lecture, I sped it up to 3X normal speed just to get through the lecture and back to the story. Overall, I don't see why so many think this is such a great novel. Perhaps I'm not deep enough to understand the greatness, but I'd not repeat the experience. At least I now know who is John Galt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard D. White
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Outrageous demagogue or charismatic visionary? In this powerful new biography, Richard D. White, Jr., brings Huey Long to life in all his blazing, controversial glory. From the moment he took office as governor in 1928 to the day an assassin's bullet cut him down in1935, Huey Long wielded all but dictatorial control over the state of Louisiana.

    Linda Lou says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellenf follow up to All the King's Men!"
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    I listened to this book after All the King's Men by RPW. I wanted to know something about the real model for Willie Stark. I found that truth was stranger than fiction! What an amazing (and dangerous) character. Excellent writing and performance I thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1450)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Really a tough slog."
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    I listened to this book while alternating with reading it. For a non-medical person I found the detail to be overwhelming. The names seemed to all get jumbled up after a while. I found it very difficult to follow. I believe this was written for those who already have some knowledge of the history of cancer research because otherwise it is just too much to swallow. I found my mind wandering frequently and it was an effort and a relief to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Kathryn Yarman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave in an "humane" Southern family, the Shelbys. But, when the Shelbys are beset by financial difficulties, Tom is sold to a heartless slave trader. Hailed by Tolstoy as "one of the greatest productions of the human mind," this story describes Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Brenda says: "Very Enlightening and Enjoyable"
    "Wonderful book, awful quality of sound."
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    I somehow missed reading Uncle Tom's Cabin in my education. I now think it should be required reading for all high school students. This recording is well read by the narrator, but the quality of the sound is awful. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the recording. Shortly into the recording I forgot about the bad sound and couldn't wait to pick it up again where I left off. As someone else mentioned, in today's light, the book is patronizing of blacks, but as a portrait of the times, admittedly from and abolitionist point of view, it was wonderful. I now know how despicable Simon Legree was, and what a powerful person Uncle Tom was. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

    W.Denis says: "Hang in"
    "Confusing at first, but persevere."
    Overall

    The first couple hours are very difficult to get through due to the first narrator's viewpoint. I recommend consulting an online summary of the book before you start listening, otherwise you could be lost, like I was. As the book shifts to the perspective of the other three narrators it gets better, and enjoyable, even though I found Jason's narration despicable because of his pettiness and meanness. The reader did an excellent job with the dialects and accents.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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