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Pete

Pete

Hendersonville, NC | Member Since 2006

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  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Frederick Douglass
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (57)

    Douglass spent his first 20 years in slavery, before escaping to the North. As a slave, he experienced both the kindness of his master's wife, who taught him to read, as well as the cruelty of sadistic overseers. This powerful story helped recruit many to the abolitionist cause.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "Perhaps it's better than nothing..."
    "Excellent and Timely"
    Overall

    I was very moved by this autobiography of an American Hero. This book is not a novel not a piece of clever or cruel fiction but a real life account of a time in American history that marks just how far we have come today. I have talked about this book and recommended it to everyone I know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    To Mrs. Amy Chua I say Thank you for writing and for narrating your story of love and passion for excellence in your self, you family and your children. Do not appologize and do not retreat from your values and those you have indpired and instilled in your children. I worked for many years with "emotionally disturbed" , "youth at risk" and i felt that our "theraputic programs" and psychological labels were doing more harm than good. Your "Chinese Mother" values are the American values of yester year and much of what America needs today. I think that this book is something that everyone should read and learn from. First understand that this mother LOVES and REPECTS her children deeply and it is within that context that her demands for excellence are made. These intimate stories reveal a most dedicated parent willing to spendi so much quality time with her children and working with them through every challenge. Amy Chua is NOT Mommy Dearest and is not Abusive, although there were exchanges that were volcanic, I actually laughed knowing what a battle ground parenting can be. Amy Chua shows us the genius is in fact 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration but it is done with 100% Dedication and Love.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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