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Gary

Easton, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Submission: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Waldman
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Claire Harwell hasn't settled into grief; events haven't let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the 9/11 widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack.

    Barbara says: "Some books were meant to be read..."
    "Stimulating read"
    Overall
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    I found this to be one of the most interesting and challenging books I have read or listened to. Waldman poses a question that is quite relevant today in the light of the Ground Zero Muslim Center controversy. How tolerant are we willing or able to be? I found her characters to be complex and challenging. Few of them were unequivocally moral or likeable but the listener could easily relate to the dilemmas they faced. This is a story that will stick with most readers, I believe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "Important read"
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    I read some negative comments about the narration and editing but other than a few strange pronunciations and one or two bad slices, I thought the audio version was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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