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  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,698

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Could Be a Disservice to Some Readers

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

It is admirable that Lewis found a therapist for guidance as it pertains to her sex addiction. That notwithstanding, this book can be a disservice to some readers because she ought to have focused on recovery, as in the 12-step model. Had she done that she would not have neglected the injury she brought to others, perhaps mainly men in her life.

She could have acknowledged how she damaged other relationships, other women. 12-step programs recognize that a real recovery does not dismiss victims, and Lewis actually celebrates her sexual conquests and one-night stands.

  • Stamped from the Beginning

  • The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • By: Ibram X. Kendi
  • Narrated by: Christopher Dontrell Piper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 340

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read for Anyone Seeking to Understand American History

  • By Abram Guerra on 04-19-17

One Important Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I am a scholar/student of history and teach at university level, and see this as a breakthrough volume for all who want to understand race.The narrator threatens to reduce the seriousness of the book, however. I agree with a previous reviewer that the performance is "cringe-worthy" with his mispronunciations and sometimes erratic rhythm.

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some parts good, but be careful

  • By Brian A. Shenk on 12-05-16

Rich

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This is a worthy read, informative and attention-keeping. Sometimes the narrator seems to rush, and I have to go back to make out the words. It is a keeper, though, and I have shared it with several people.

  • The Third Reconstruction

  • How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
  • By: Rev Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II led more than a 100,000 people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. These protests - the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in American history - came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tried to get through it

  • By PeacefulSeeker on 01-18-17

I tried to get through it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This book is too important to have the narration butchered. The affected Southern accent that disappears midway is bad, but the severe mispronunciations are worse and frequent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

Couldn't stop

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

This izs the best one yet. Kept me listening most or the night. Great characters!

  • Against Calvinism

  • Rescuing God's Reputation from Radical Reformed Theology
  • By: Roger E. Olson
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries. But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies. In Against Calvinism, readers will find scholarly arguments explaining why Calvinist theology is incorrect and how it affects God's reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great articulation

  • By Stephen on 04-10-16

Jargon

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

While I am a theologian and understand the language of the debate, as will many laypersons, this is for insiders, perhaps Calvinists mostly.

I was looking for something with fresh language and perspective that even explores geopolitical influence across the centuries.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

  • By: Manning Marable
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • invites further reading on Malcolm X

  • By connie on 05-14-11

Compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Good story with clumsy narration. How you tell it can make an enormous difference. I would love a redo.

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,179

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunningly important book

  • By Being on 12-29-15

Great advice.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-16

I started eating this way in 2016. Other lifestyle factors were already in place (exercise, not smoking, sleep, etc.) and I am convinced it is the way to go already.

Narration is sometimes hard to understand because of weak enunciation, his enthusiasm notwithstanding.

  • Race Rules

  • Navigating the Color Line
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

America's leading young black intellectual reveals the hidden rules of race that dominate politics, society, and cultural life. The author discusses the state of Black leadership; the Black Church and sex; Black youth, pop culture, and the politics of nostalgia; why in a color-blind society race will continue to rule; and other important issues. Michael Eric Dyson, former welfare father, and now an ordained Baptist Minster and Princeton Ph.D., is professor of Communications Studies at the University of North Carolina.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does

  • By drwjbrown on 03-19-06

Not surprised much

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-15

Dyson takes on the gulf between black and white by sampling sensitively the letter of a disgruntled white American.

It's impressive and needed knowledge. He narrated as though it was someone else's work, however. I never hear him speak like this on TV... so not him, so dispassionate and choppy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So You Thought You Knew

  • Letting Go of Religion
  • By: Joshua Tongol
  • Narrated by: Joshua Tongol
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Tired of religion? What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong? Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover - with fresh eyes - a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality? So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It's about thinking outside the "institutional walls" of Christianity and asking the hard questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Scope

  • By PeacefulSeeker on 04-18-15

Surprising Scope

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-15

I really appreciate Tongol's book recommendations after each chapter, showing how he has been helped and influence by others. This is not to discount his own path, because it is clear throughout that he has continued to discover, and it seems that he himself is surprised by the persistence of revelation making its way into his life. He is simply secure enough to not take all the credit, a confidence that is in itself appealing. I'm pretty impressed that someone in his 30s could traverse so much ground, from quasi-fundamentalism to religious freedom, and not be a prisoner of bitterness while chronicling it so superbly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful