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Santiago

Teaneck, NJ, USA

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  • The Boys of Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roger Kahn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    This is a story about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a story by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is the story about what happened to the team when their glory days were behind them.

    Santiago says: "A Baseball Fan's diamond"
    "A Baseball Fan's diamond"
    Overall

    This is an excellent bopok for those that love baseball and especially for those that loved those Brooklyn Dodgers! This is a grand slam!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Time of the Butterflies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.

    Ginger says: "Beautiful"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This is a well written book, which provides a historical perspective to Trujillo's iron fist rule of the Dominican Republic. The author does a great job improvising for the "unknown" in the life of the Mirabal sisters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus' encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.

    Dawn says: "Narrator makes it"
    "Always a classic!"
    Overall

    This is a timeless classic. Wonderful to listen to the story again. I had not read it since College.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (773)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Good read"
    Overall

    This is an interesting book on how the brain works. The author uses real life examples and provides insight on how humans learn. As an educator, I loved the connections and implications to teaching at all grade levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dexter Filkins
    • Narrated By Dexter Filkins
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable audiobook that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prize-winning New York Times correspondent, we witness the remarkable chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    A User says: "JL"
    "Good war story"
    Overall

    It reads like fiction! Wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters to a Young Teacher

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kozol
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In these affectionate letters to Francesca, a first-grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca's likably irreverent questioning, also revealing his own most personal stories of the years that he has spent in public schools.

    Santiago says: "A must read for new teachers"
    "A must read for new teachers"
    Overall

    This book has a lot of "real" new teacher issues. It is great for any new teacher of an urban classroom. Don't get caught up in the author's soap box.....otherwise it does provide some good suggestions for a new teacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kozol
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Jonathan Kozol's books have become touchstones of the American conscience. Unlike his previous books, however, Ordinary Resurrections is almost entirely narrative and takes us into the fascinating details of daily life as he has lived it with young children who befriended him over the course of several years. Like Amazing Grace, this book describes the children of New York's South Bronx, but it is a markedly different book in mood and vantage point.

    Santiago says: "Feel good book"
    "Feel good book"
    Overall

    When reading other works by this author, I don't like the negative perspective Kozol has of "all" of our schools. Ordinary Resurrections is different. Although it still gives you a good idea of what it is like in some of our schools, it also gives you the good in our children and in some of our schools.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (838)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Great read! A "page" turner"
    Overall

    I found myself listening to The Scarecrow every possible minute. It was hard to turn it off. I finished it in less than a week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (5960)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1577)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "A lot better than the movie"
    Overall

    This is a thriller! I remember going to the movies to see it in the big screen, but the movie version falls way short than the book. I recommend it to those that love a great mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kozol
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Over the past several years, Jonathan Kozol has visited nearly 60 public schools. Virtually everywhere, he finds that conditions have grown worse for inner-city children in the 15 years since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. First, a state of nearly absolute apartheid now prevails in thousands of our schools. The segregation of black children has reverted to a level that the nation has not seen since 1968.

    Sierra says: "Thank You"
    "Enough bad mouthing our school systems"
    Overall

    I think Jonathan Kozol should spend more time providing suggestions and recommendations instead of just ripping the educators who work so hard to get their students the best education possible.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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