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Gene

SANDY HOOK, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "save your money - see the movie"
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    This book is a waste of time - nothing like the movie which is infinatly better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (790)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "An excellent look at Gun Control in the US"
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    I found this essay very well constructed. I live in Sandy Hook so this issue is quite close to my heart. In my opinion Mr. King presents an excellent narrative of how all sides approach this issue and then outlines a "realistic" view of how and why compromises and changes to the law should occur.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kenny Rogers
    • Narrated By Taber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    A remarkable story of a boy who couldn't stop singing, and a man who knew how to hold 'em. For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers has been recording some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around the world. In that time, he has become a living legend by combining everything from R&B to country and gospel to folk in his unique voice to create a sound that's both wholly original and instantly recognizable.

    loix says: "Lovely"
    "If you like Kenny Rogers you will like this book"
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    Interesting Listen - The performance was very good and the story was OK. Nothing earth shattering here but overall it was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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