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  • On the Other Side of Freedom

  • The Case for Hope
  • By: DeRay Mckesson
  • Narrated by: DeRay Mckesson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 108

In August of 2014, 29-year-old activist DeRay Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out the intellectual, pragmatic political framework for a new liberation movement. Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and more....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Mercedes McLemore on 09-10-18

Sharp mind and great memoirs

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Mckesson offers insight into the thoughts behind many modern protests. Additionally he explains his 'why' and epiphanies he's had along the way.

I heard him in an interview and was impressed by his reasoning and argument skills as well as his humility in not accepting founder-status in Ferguson, but instead rightfully giving credit to the 1000s on the ground.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,633

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I'm a fan of the series and genre. Found myself looking for the moment when Strike knows whodunnit. It's a formula in the series. Kind of like Columbo announcing he has a another question. However "Galbraith" twists that formula a little which is a nice touch.

This book is more Robin centered which is also a nice touch.

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

Essentially another simple philosophy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Great advice. Seems like it would take some rewiring for many. Like Stoicism (although it seems like Essentialism is a bare bones "version of Stoicism) Essentialism is a cure for the anxiety and hustle and bustle of today's pace.

  • Friend of a Friend...

  • Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
  • By: David Burkus
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

What if the best way to grow your network isn't by introducing yourself to strangers at cocktail parties, handing out business cards, or signing up for the latest online tool, but by developing a better understanding of the existing network that's already around you? We know that it's essential to reach out and build your network. But did you know that it's actually your weaker or former contacts who will be the most helpful to you? Or that many of our best efforts at meeting new people simply serve up the same old opportunities we already have?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Timothy P. Coleman on 06-27-18

Insightful and practical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This book is filled with solid research. While it's likely all examples are cherry-picked to fit perfectly with points he made, the suggestions for practical application (face-to-face and online through social media) appear legitimate. I'm in a space where I'm growing my company's influence and this book is part of my game plan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Belles

  • By: Dhonielle Clayton
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite - the Belle chosen by the queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful! A book that all young girls should read

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 02-12-18

Wasn't expecting a series BUT

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Had the privilege of meeting Dhonielle Clayton. School librarian organized an author visit. She led a discussion on concepts of beauty with my students who were very enhanced.

Listened to this story with my kids on our commutes. We loved it and Rosie Jones does an amazing job with the characters. Looking forward to the next one.

  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

  • By: Peter Boghossian
  • Narrated by: Peter Boghossian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first atheist missionary

  • By Paul on 03-18-14

So that's what you believe, huh?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Read the Kindle version a few times. Decided to get the audible one for background noise at work. As a teacher I'm a fan of the Socratic Method. As one who lives among the faithful, I'm often shocked by claims. This manual will assist me in helping to show loved ones that some of their thinking can improve.

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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior non-fiction

  • By Lila on 05-20-11

Brought me to tears

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-18

This book is the story of my people. My grandmother came to DC in the 30s and I've always watched her generation of my aunts and uncles behave in ways similar to my friends whose parents are African- and Caribbean-born.

The implications of my family's struggles in the South were obvious, gleaned from hushed conversations at kitchen tables I passed after family gatherings. Reminiscing events and passing information on those who stayed in Carolina as well as those were having problems "up here." I related to all three protagonists and am thankful for having read this book.

When I finished, I called my grandmother to say thank you for being brave enough to leave the South and make a way for her lineage.

I appreciated the mix of narrative and research.

  • Uncle Tom or New Negro?: African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and 'Up from Slavery' 100 Years Later

  • By: Rebecca Carroll
  • Narrated by: Rodney Gardiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

On the 90th anniversary of Booker T. Washington's death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery. Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established the Tuskegee Institute. Befriended by a U.S. president and corporate titans, beloved and reviled by the black community, Washington was one of the most influential voices on the postslavery scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely advice with valuable commentary

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-22-17

Timely advice with valuable commentary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I've been a fan of Professor Washington for some time without ever truly read his works. His story of building up himself and Tuskegee is impressive. I had a few friends who are Tuskegee alumni and they are impressive professionally.

I'm also aware of his negative reputation and how he is often juxtaposed with Dr. DuBois. It's this false dichotomy that has been the reason we don't know enough about Washington's efforts and advice. This book attempts to offer both sides and a middle to the discussion.

I suggest starting with Up from Slavery then coming back for the commentaries. The narrator does a wonderful job as well.

  • A Guide to the Good Life

  • The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • By: William B. Irvine
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Sam A. Havens on 04-27-15

Practical application

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Second book I've read on the philosophy in a week. The first was good and offered mostly philosophy/theory and it referenced this one. This book is a great practical guide to Stoicism as a philosophy for living. The author also worry about "deviating" from the ancients to make the way modern.

  • How to Be a Stoic

  • Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
  • By: Massimo Pigliucci
  • Narrated by: Peter Coleman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to act depending on what is within our control and separate things worth getting upset about from those that are not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to the way

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-17

A great start to the way

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

The author admits that people who make stoicism a part of their personal philosophies study the writings of ancient and modern Stoics. I left this book wanting to fully explore it, but also needing a little more than I got from this book. Perhaps that was his point. I would like to find writings by non philosophers (some he suggests in the book and pdf notes that come with the audio book) because sometimes things got a little sophist... Again, which may have been his point.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful