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  • The Souls of Black Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    W. E. B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk, his most influential work, is a collection of 14 beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historical, and autobiographical. Here, Du Bois records the cruelties of racism, celebrates the strength and pride of black America, and explores the paradoxical "double-consciousness" of African American life.

    Cedric says: "Great insights into post-civil war America"
    "History of African Americans after Emancipation"
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    Where does The Souls of Black Folk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is certainly in the top 5. I love "literature" and this surely classifies. It is definitely not a "beach read", because it requires concentration and thought.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Allen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but could not because it is chock full of information and the vocabulary is extensive. It requires one to listen and stop in order to take it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I slept through history class, but this makes up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (8414)
    Performance
    (7594)
    Story
    (7590)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Outstanding and historical"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    As with all Grisham books, it is so well researched and many truths are intertwined in the storyline. I generally do not like to rehash or review the life of slaves, but this was an excellent story based upon fact. It allows Americans to remember or learn how life used to be for Blacks. But, it is not a black history book. It is simply a story well told. I couldn't put it down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As with most books written in America, I knew it would have a good ending, but Grishom really worked to make a surprise ending.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Scorpion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nancy Farmer
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    When El Patrón dies at the age of 146,14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.

    Allison says: "Don't let the back dissuade you!"
    "Incredibly imaginative"
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    If you could sum up The House of the Scorpion in three words, what would they be?

    Creative Futuristic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the boys were thrown into the bone pit was so well described that I felt I was there with them. I was holding my breath during the entire scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't put the book down. Unlike most books, there was no way of knowing where the story was going next. From the very beginning, the reader is being pulled along wondering what is going on and where is it leading.


    Any additional comments?

    Nancy Farmer has an incredible imagination, and I look forward to reading more of her books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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