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  • Speaking of Faith, Joe Carter and the African-American Spiritual

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Krista Tippett
    • Narrated By Krista Tippett

    The African-American spiritual was born in slavery and yet it has claimed a place at the heart of American musical and religious life. This week, join Krista Tippett for music and conversation with performer and educator Joe Carter. They explore the beauty, lament, and hope of this singular musical tradition.

    Chandra says: "The Spiritual - Music and More"
    "The Spiritual - Music and More"

    This interview offers an introduction to the African-American spiritual as a musical form. The dialogue between the host and Joe Carter is sprinkled with historical notes that provide the audience with information about the genesis of the music and its various uses.

    An important value added to this Audible selection was the accompanying music woven within the conversation. Mr. Carter's voice is melodic, robust and clear. The work was very easy to listen to as a result.

    The only enhancement I would like to suggest is that other voices are used along with Mr. Carter's to better capture the manner in which these songs are usually sung. For example, the call and response features of the music would be enriched if others voices came in. Under most situations, even when there is a soloist, the listeners will add their musical responses or oral punctuation. This is part of the form's specialness.

    Great for individuals interested in music history, sacred music and/or African-American music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Soul to Sole to Sold"

    What an unexpected journey! It was one of the most uplifting, educational and enjoyable presentations I have listened to in years ... business book or otherwise. Passionate work, company culture and happiness are shared ingredients leading to this business success.

    This audio book, particularly as a non-fiction work, listened like a conversation amongst friends. Tony wove the actual voices of people involved with Zappos into the narration. You could feel the emotion in their voices between the spoken words. This was effective in many ways; one it made the listener feel as if he/she was one with the storytelling. Additionally, the team-as-family nature of the company revealed itself readily in this format.

    What a rich experience. I am sure this book will be on many awards lists. Love it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Queen Latifah
    • Narrated By Queen Latifah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like.

    Chandra says: "Young Ladies Need Motivation Too"
    "Young Ladies Need Motivation Too"

    Her voice is familiar and loved by many young people. She gives handy bits of advice that teens and young women can certainly understand and use.
    Simple advice about true beauty, money and overcoming adversity are shared without brow beating.

    I think it is a good mother-daughter or mentor-mentee share. I listened to the whole book to see if it would be appropriate for my tween daughter. I certainly think it is. I am also recommending it to my friends.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth Edwards met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in Resilience, she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life's biggest challenges.

    Jill says: "Intense and emotional"
    "Honest, Human & Inspiring"

    This work is an incredible gift to those of us who fret over the mundane. Elizabeth's extraordinary courage in the face of her son's death, cancer, and infidelity is stirring. Her narration in this audio production connects the listener, as if one were sitting by her side as she unravels the events that markedly changed the direction of her life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother, I'm Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning, best-selling author Edwidge Danticat taps her exceptional storytelling gifts for this memoir of the two men who raised her. When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with the love and devotion of a father, despite facing many hardships in politically turbulent Haiti.

    Chandra says: "A Superb Reflection"
    "A Superb Reflection"

    This author tells a universal story from a Haitian-American point of view - love in the context of life and death. The books reads as if she is telling the story in your living space. Yet, her account of aspects the Haitian-American experience renders thought provoking exchange on what does it mean to be a hyphenated American.

    I have read all of Danticat's works with great satisfaction. This tops the list to date!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Peace and Other Poems

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou

    "Amazing Peace" is a beautiful and deeply moving poem from Maya Angelou. Here she inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. "Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward," she writes, "and speak the word aloud. Peace." "Amazing Peace" is Maya Angelou's radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and is a touching celebration of the "Glad Season" that will resonate with people of all faiths.

    Chandra says: "Spoken Beauty"
    "Spoken Beauty"

    For years I have read and heard several renditions of Dr. Angelou's poem and autobiographical works. Her writing has an incredible way of inhabiting the souls of reader, audience and artist alike. Her work is distinctly cultural and at the same time universally embracing.

    This Audible selection is an example of how content delivered in digitized sound can actually give an authentic voice to the artist and the voice that takes up residence in the artist. When I played this entire selection I felt as if I had a private audience with Dr. Angelou. The sung robustness of her musical references in "Pulse of the Morning", the girly glee in her 7 women poem and her sensitive, yet unapologetic, teasing directed at male listeners easily revealed the range of her artistry and wisdom. What a treat!

    I intend to include this work as part of a professional series for adults working in children in out-of-school time settings. It is lush with musical, literary, dramatic and cultural gems that can enrich creativity in young people and those who work with them.

    Simply beautiful. I can't wait to play it again! C. Travis

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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