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Claire

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  • NW

  • A Novel
  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Karen Bryson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I believe this book is best listened to than read

  • By BowedBookshelf on 09-28-12

complicated but worth it

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

this book is more about a place than the characters although the characters intetwraving is amazing

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

  • By: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Narrated by: Mia Ellis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and the persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raising the collective MIND!!

  • By Pizzo on 07-21-17

amaziing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-20-17

a must read for everything.Taylor is the scholar of our time no doubt about that.

  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and instructive. A novel of the highest caliber

  • By Richmond Surrey on 07-27-17

great

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-17

great... very good. i loved listening it.. i both hated and loved the main character.

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  • Grace

  • A Novel
  • By: Natashia Deón
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That's what 15-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she leaves behind her beloved Momma and sister, Hazel, and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story of several women's journey

  • By Lillian Rodriguez on 11-19-16

Brutally Honest.. Wonderfully Written!

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Reviewed: 01-04-17

Even from the beginning the story sets the tone as a both brutal and honest account of women in slavery. Jumped between two time periods, the juxtaposed non-chronological story keeps you on your toes the whole time.