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Vicki

CAMERON, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Salman Khan
    • Narrated By Salman Khan
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    Overall
    (132)
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    (114)
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    (116)

    A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results....

    Vicki says: "Inspiring and Revolutionary"
    "Inspiring and Revolutionary"
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    Simply stated The One World School House is AWESOME. Khan details how the Khan Academy started, the history of the lecture style educational style, the shortcomings of current educational system, and the vision on how technology can be used to revolutionize education for everyone in the modern time! LISTEN to this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bryan Christy
    • Narrated By Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula. But perhaps more dangerous was coming face to face with Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida.

    Kim says: "Snakes on a plane!!!"
    "Here lizard, lizard, lizard..."
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    An amazing tale of drugs, reptiles, smuggling, bad guys, and good guys. What else could you ask for. Awesome book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Knoedelseder
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

    Jeremy McGough says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "This Buds For You!"
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    I loved this book. The author did a wonderful job telling the story of the rise, the wild ride, and the sad decline of an American family brewery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (531)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Conspiracy theories running wild!"
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    This is the second book I've listened to by Jon Ronson. He is an awesome narrator! This book had a lot of interesting insights into crazy conspiracy theories and hate groups around the globe. At times I thought the book jumped around a little and was a little difficult to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Carney
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
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    (37)

    Investigative journalist Scott Carney has spent five years on the ground tracing the lucrative and deeply secretive trade in human bodies and body parts - a vast hidden economy known as the "red market".By turns tragic, voyeuristic, and thought-provoking, The Red Market is an eye-opening, surreal look at a little-known global industry and its implications for all our lives.

    J. Potocki says: "Intriguing Listen!"
    "Body Parts For Sale!"
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    Wow! "It was the best of times, the worst of times, and the bloodiest of times!" Red Market refers to various activities where the human body can be used to generate profit. Carney describes the organ transplant market, baby selling/stealing, blood farming, surrogate motherhood, and other disturbing mechanisms for making money. The book is written as a work of investigative journalism. The tale takes the reader on a journey throughout India, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, and the US. The buyers of the red-market goods are usually well-to-do Westerners, while the sellers tend to come from developing countries. Red Market conjures up thoughts of morality, coercion, and exploitation. Interesting thought provoking listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1112)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Decent story, narrator gawd awful."
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    The story line was decent enough. However, the narrator's nasally English accent nearly drove me batty. It was all I could do to make it to the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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