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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Todd on 03-13-09

One of the best books ever written

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This is not the story I expected. All my life I've heard blacks who didn't vote or think like the majority accused of betraying their race and thus labeled an "Uncle Tom". It's unfortunate that someone so misunderstood this book that they identified Uncle Tom as a trader and the distortion continues.

In reality Uncle Tom is a Christ figure. He wants nothing more than to do right by God and his fellow man. He endures servitude; he does not embrace it. His desire is to save the souls of everyone he meets and ultimately, like Christ, he gives his life for the salvation of others.

It would be so much more accurate for people wishing to label someone a collaborator or traitor by calling them a Sambo. The characters of Sambo and Kimbo are hideous cruel traitors to their race. Motivated by self-preservation, they help their cruel master torture and kill other slaves, sometimes without cause.

The story is packed with characters who range the gamut from adorable to Satan-like. At times hilarious, touching, heart-breaking, depressing, educational, and enraging, it is always riveting. (The language can be difficult to hear for the modern American, especially if you are of European decent.)

The attitudes and harshness of the characters will probably anger you at times, however this is good. Written in 1850 this book was a reaction to the Fugitive Slave Act and was an instrumental tool in changing Northern attitudes towards slavery. I would say it hastened the end of that evil institution. Especially as most of the story characters and sketches are composites or derived from actual people and events.

What made this audiobook even more enjoyable was the reading of Richard Allen. His voice is amazing, his accents, character voices, and cadence are phenomenal. I could listen to him read everyday and not tire. Even better is his singing voice. He can really sing. Aside from singing Amazing Grace to the wrong tune, his singing was perfect.

If you are interested in this Era, Uncle Tom's Cabin puts you directly into the worst of Southern culture, giving you a bitter taste of both the best and worst slave experience. I think if you had relatives during these times who were either slave or master you should read this. It will enlighten your sense of the true evils of that peculiar institution.

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,766

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do I Dare to give less than 5 🌟🌟?

  • By GIJaneB4 on 09-30-17

TMI

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Milo makes a lot of sense as he addresses so many issues, however I can't get through this book.

Milo is homosexual. Ok, once established and maybe added for the sake of a point, not a problem. However, he isn't satisfied just telling us. He repeatedly has to cram it down our throats, no pun intended. If I defended my love of women by continually making reference to having sex with them and oral sex brags, the reader should rightly be offended. Furthermore, my love of oral sex with women does not prove I respect them, it just process I am straight. Milo seems to think telling us he loves having sex with black men somehow proves, he respects them. I have no reason to doubt he does, but he doesn't make his point, in bragging about all the d***s he's sucked.

Well, I listened to half this book before I just couldn't tolerate the blowjob jokes and sex references. If that's your "bag" and you're very conservative, you'll love this book.

His message, for me, was drown out in vulgarity.

  • Time's Eye

  • A Time Odyssey, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 511

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A nice road to nowhere

  • By Tim on 10-17-09

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The idea of Khan vs Alexander is one that is both intriguing and silly. However the time travel genre has always captivated me. Time's Eye is a unique spin in this type of story and I enjoyed it as such.

Is this one of Clarke's better books? I don't think so. It pales in comparison to Rama or 2001. There was one sticking spot for me, however. I have a very hard time accepting the character of Bisesa Dutt. She is a Lieutenant in the British Army stationed in Afghanistan, yet she is fully versed in physics and an expert in String Theory. Someone with her intelligence and qualifications would not be in a military helicopter on the front lines of a war zone.

The writing, I suspect, was all Baxter with Clarke producing and modelling the plot line. There were holes in the plot and loose ends and I am interested to know if these will be explored in the sequels, which I will read next.

I didn't love this book, but I enjoyed it. As for the performance of John Lee, I think he's a great reader, but some of his voices grate on me personally. Especially his American accents. In particular, Josh, who's voice is more efeminant than Bisesa's. At times I momentarily thought Sable was speaking when in fact it was Josh.

Overall he has wonderful pacing and inflection. Lee also exceeds my pronunciation expectations. His pronunciations are consistent and outstanding. Many British readers are terribly inconsistent with words ending in the letter "a". I realize it is an accent, but hearing a reader say "Montanter" rather than "Montana" or "Florider" rather than "Florida" followed a sentence or 2 later with the correct pronunciation, bothers me. Lee doesn't do this, at least I didn't catch him doing it.

As the time travel/alternate history genre goes Time's Eye is a middling book that still manages to hold the readers interest. Perhaps this is due to the name recognition of both the authors or maybe the unique premise.

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,436

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be ARMOUR

  • By bhagat on 04-30-17

Great Scifi, riveting

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This story is a parade of scifi influences. You'll find tech from nearly every major player in the genre, from Six Million Dollar Man, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Alien, Independende Day, as well as the works of Issac Asimov and Frederick Poole. But I couldn't escape seeing the unmistakable parallels to Battlestar Galactica. So does this detract? No just makes the universe a bit more familiar.

I don't want to spoil the story line. This is a great read, er listen. Book 1 centers on the intrigues of Mark Ibarra, a man who toys with the lives of billions, killing millions to save humanity. It culminates in an epic battle.

Book 2 is a bit more diffuse, concentrating on an arc that follows a handful of marines and an exciting encounter with a never-before-seen species that is intent on killing them, while simultaneously being attacked by the Zaros.

We encounter strange aliens with interesting but mysterious traits among the way. Toward the end of Book 2, the main character clearly becomes Captain Valdar. And his character is developed a bit more, adding backstory and an emotional touch to his motivations.

The character Stacy, is never really developed. She's rather 2 dimensional and a misfit. Unfortunately, this character could have been very interesting, but she really stands out as an ill-prepared goofball, whose famous grandfather, Mark Ibarra, really does her no favors. I found her to be my least favorite character and I blame the author, because it seems he really didn't know what to do with hed.

The most interesting character is introduced in Book 2, it's an alien ally, known as Stubin (sp?). I hope to see much more of him and his people in the subsequent books.

Well worth your time if you are a fan of science fiction.

  • King Leopold's Ghost

  • A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
  • By: Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor could account for these cargoes, Morel almost singlehandedly made this slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Edith on 01-20-11

Fascinating, educational, and sad

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The phrase I came away with might not be original and certainly not meant to be funny, but it is simply, in Africa no one can hear you scream. Certainly true in the era written about here, but in many ways there is truth in that still today.

The callous inhuman abuses heaped upon the African people by Europeans claiming to be civilizing them is mind boggling. Perhaps most shocking is how recently all of this occurred. Perhaps it took 2 World Wars to teach us empathy.

This history should be taught right alongside the holocaust, because the level of inhumanity is quite comparable, only were aren't talking about neural Nazis. These were perpetrated by what I've always believed were the peaceful Belgians.

The reading was superb, but ruined by poor editing and producing. It's normal for a reader to stop and reread a passage they wish to improve or to pickup the next session by rereading a line or 2 to get the pace set. But it is the editor's job to correctly edit the pieces together, not simply slam the reads together without trimming the redundancy off. This was disorienting and broke the flow of the story. In my opinion, very unprofessional.

The final distraction came at the end. The book has ended, then without any introduction another book begins, the entire introduction is read, about 24 minutes. Then the recording ends. I suppose it was a teaser to sell another book, but it seemed like a mistake on par with the other editing mistakes throughout the recording. I suspect this was simply awful producing and a lame teaser attempt.

In conclusion, great book whose audio production was awfully produced and edited.

  • Scott's Last Expedition

  • The Journals
  • By: Robert Falcon Scott
  • Narrated by: William Sutherland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Here is the story of the infamous 1910 race to the South Pole, as told by its fearless yet desperate leader, Robert Falcon Scott. The New York Times called Scott's Last Expedition "A splendid record of heroism not soon to be forgotten."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-16

Fascinating.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Sutherland is an excellent reader.

First hand account by the man himself. Written in language that is easily understood today, making this an easy listen.

My only complaint is the audio levels vary at different points, forcing me to sometimes crank the volume all the way up.

  • iGen

  • The 10 Trends Shaping Today's Young People - and the Nation
  • By: Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

An entertaining first look at how today's members of iGen - the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later - are vastly different from their millennial predecessors and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really, Amazon, no PDF?

  • By Elizabeth on 10-19-17

Interesting study of today's youth

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

First, Madeleine Maby's performance was perfect. So many readers mispronounce or make incorrect inflections. She is also pleasant to listen to, with just the right pacing.

Ms. Twenge both intrigues and frightens with this in depth study. Having both Millennial and iGen children I have noticed to contrast in thinking, confidence, and work ethic.

A recurring word throughout is "safety". I've raised my kids to understand the world is not a safe place, it never has been and never will be, so learn to deal with that. Yet they still fear the future and lack confidence; just as pointed out in this book.

The abundance of statistics was impressive, however I think the publisher fails us in not providing a companion PDF file. I would have liked to see the numbers and graphs the author refers to.

I went into this book curious and with an open mind. As I progressed I noticed one of the main premises seems incorrect. Twenge even included this in the book's subtitle. She contends that iGen is more tolerant, yet spent a great deal of time demonstrating their complete lack of tolerance.

Tolerance is the acceptance of ideas and constructs that conflict with your own. What Twenge calls tolerance is really acceptance of compatible or already accepted behaviours. iGen accepts only ideas that they believe in. Ideas that contradict their own are considered "harmful" and not only go unheard, but they demand zero-tolerance and punishment. Severe punishment in fact. How does this differ from a northerner in 1840 accepting slavery as an alternative lifestyle?

I love that iGen is hard working, not arrogant, and libertarian. However, it scares the hell out of me that they don't believe in the 1st Amendment and believe even accidentally or unintentional offenses should be punishable by termination or worse. When these people come into political power such intolerance could have radical and negative ramifications. We could be staring down at the end of freedom in exchange for safety and conformity.

Using Twenge's reasoning every generation is tolerant since we all tolerate ideas and actions that confirm to our own standards. Accepting homosexuality is tolerant only if you believe it is wrong. I was raised to be tolerant, allowing others to have opposing ideas, listen to them, and consider the merits. I don't see any evidence of this mindset in a safe-zone generation.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Being Nixon

  • The Fears and Hopes of an American President
  • By: Evan Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Evan Thomas tackles this fascinating question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. The result is both insightful history and an astonishingly compelling psychological portrait of an anxious introvert who struggled to be a transformative statesman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sympathetic bio

  • By Scott on 07-27-15

Interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Excellent performance by Bob Walter. Interesting take on Nixon and I loved all the quoted material.

  • Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney

  • Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers
  • By: James F. Simon
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the chief justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • a rehash without much new

  • By D. Littman on 11-25-06

Not exactly what I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

This book is more parallel biographies of Lincoln and Taney. I enjoyed it but I expected more interesting insights into the interactions and conflicts between the two.

Mr. Allen's performance was at once superb and annoying. He doesn't seem to be familiar with the subject matter and constantly mispronounces names. Most annoying was his inconsistent reading of General McClellan, which occasionally he said correctly but mostly varied between Mc-Klee-lan and Mc-Klee-in. It's Mc-Klel-lan.

  • Bust Hell Wide Open

  • The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • By: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By B. Wood on 02-23-17

Not the man I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Mr. Miller's performance is awesome making this an easy listen.

The story of Nathan Bedford Forrest is quite fascinating. While there is very little time spent on the topic that drew me to buy this book in the first place, I came to learn of a Forrest I didn't expect.

If you come to this book expecting a racist war criminal, you will leave amazed at the complexities that made up General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mitcham succeeded in painting a very human portrait of a man, not just a historical caricature.

My only distraction, being an editor myself, was there appears to be a few incidents of sloppy editing. It seems a paragraph or 2 were edited, but pieces of the original left behind, with a thought or phrase being repeated only a paragraph or 2 later.