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Ernest

BROOKLYN, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The City of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Martin
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    "Can I interest you in saving America?” That’s the text message Peter Fallon receives from a Wall Street bigwig. It’s not a challenge he can turn down, especially since the country is in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The stock market is wobbling. The Chinese have stopped buying our T-Bills. If we don’t get control of our deficit, our economic future looks grim. But all may not be lost….

    Ernest says: "Another Great Book....."
    "Another Great Book....."
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    Ever since I stumbled across the Lost Constitution last year, I've been a big fan of William Martin. Since then, I've read all of his Peter Fallon books and enjoyed them tremendously. Martin masterfully weaves together fact and fiction to create page-turner after page-turner. Although I tend to not enjoy the way Martin ends his tales, I find myself so caught up in the story that I don't care about the disappointment I've come to expect from his novels' anti-climatic endings. If you are a fan of Steve Berry, Dan Brown or even powerhouses such as Ken Follett and Edward Rutherfurd, I believe that you will enjoy this book as well as Martin's many others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7820)
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    (7055)
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    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Great book!!"
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    One of the best most evenhanded historical fiction's about slavery I would recommend this book for any classroom or just enjoyable reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Matthew D. Lieberman
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
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    (95)
    Story
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    In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience, revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world-other people and our relation to them.

    Douglas says: ""Bowling Alone" For Your Brain..."
    "Great learning experience"
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    If you have the patience it is worth it. The book reads like a thesis but you will learn a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tavis Smiley, David Ritz
    • Narrated By Tavis Smiley
    Overall
    (69)
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    (61)
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    New York Times best-selling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations - denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

    Doug says: "Sad but compelling...."
    "An amazing tribute to the King Legacy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death of a King the most enjoyable?

    The real story of King's final year will send chills down your spine, the betrayal by friends and the media, the depression, the imperfections of MLK and eventually the regicide give readers/listeners a tragic look into the life of one of Americas most heroic leaders.


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

    This was his first performance


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

    The book made me aware and put me at peace with the real legacy of MLK


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5513)
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    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "One of Gladwell's Best!!"
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    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    I would. David and Goliath was extremely informative and as usual with Gladwell's books creates a different way to think of the world that has practical applications with everyday life.


    What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

    Outliers


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    I loved the story about why going to an Ivy League school may be bad for you or your child.


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

    Yes. I could not put it down


    Any additional comments?

    It is a book that will deliver.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (737)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Captivating and Informative"
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    Would you listen to The Passage of Power again? Why?

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. It is a lesson in why Clinton would have been a better option than Obama and why JFK was probably all style and little substance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage of Power?

    How clever Johnson was in passing the the civil rights act of 1964


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The assassination of JFK and how even then people knew that something was wrong with the lone gunman theory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
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    (691)
    Story
    (703)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Simone says: "I wish there were more books like this."
    "Exactly As Advertised"
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    One of the great novels of any genre, but if you love the civil war you are in for a ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13946)
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    (12736)
    Story
    (12804)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Amazing Simply Amazing"
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    It started a little slow, but while sitting on the train Something was said and I could not stop listening. You won't be able to stop listening, the characters are tragic but inspirational. You Wont Be Able To Stop Listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jodi Kantor
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife, Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions, and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even listeners who thought they knew the President and First Lady.

    Anthony says: "Great insight"
    "Great insight into a complicated presidency"
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    I was once a huge fan, then he became in my opinion a great disappointment. This book renewed my faith in Obama although named "The Obamas" it is really about Michelle. You find out that he still holds the values that sent him to the white house, but as always things are more complicated than they seem.

    If you are a fan or once was this book will sit with you and you will respect him again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (853)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "One of the most amazing books I have ever read!"
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    My mom was one of the southern African Americans who made the trip to Boston all those years ago. She never talked about her trip and her reasons for leaving. I never asked. This books brings incredible insight into her story and ultimately my history. I would recommend it to all, but in particular those who wonder what struggles your parents who migrated from the south all those years ago may have been like.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6160)
    Performance
    (4050)
    Story
    (4064)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Your Dog Will Mean More To You"
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    A great book! Rarely am I so moved and captivated by a book that I can not get a book out of my mind. A dog lover myself, I now look at my dog and wonder what he understands

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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