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carol utsunomiya

Chicago, IL United States
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  • An American Summer

  • Love and Death in Chicago
  • By: Alex Kotlowitz
  • Narrated by: Alex Kotlowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55

 

The numbers are staggering: Over the past 20 years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire. What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity - and the breaking point - of the human heart and soul. The result is a spellbinding collection of deeply intimate profiles that upend what we think we know about gun violence in America. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By carol utsunomiya on 03-20-19

A must read!

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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: 03-20-19

I am a retired teacher from the Chicago public schools. I worked in the neighborhoods that this author talks about and even knew one of the boys that have was talked about in the book. I thought I had an understanding of the young people that I was working with until I read this book. It touched me deeply and I believe every person who works with young people who live in poverty and violence should be required to read it.

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  • The Most Dangerous Branch

  • Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
  • By: David A. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court. Kaplan also presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades - from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United, to rulings during the 2017-18 term. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, The Most Dangerous Branch is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking!

  • By carol utsunomiya on 02-25-19

Thought provoking!

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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: 02-25-19

This book is a little tedious at times, but well worth slugging through. No matter what side of the fence you’re on, it will ask you to re-think your ideas about the Supreme Court.

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  • The Devil's Waters

  • A USAF Pararescue Thriller, Book 1
  • By: David L. Robbins
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

David L. Robbins, author of the war classic War of the Rats, delivers another heart-stopping, deeply researched military adventure, this time right off today’s front pages. The US military’s most highly trained and elite unit is the US Air Force pararescuers, known as PJs. All battle-hardened vets, their motto is "That Others May Live". Their singular mission is CSAR: Combat Search and Rescue. But, off the Horn of Africa, one PJ unit is tasked with a desperate assignment that goes against its oath: Take down a cargo ship full of secrets that’s been captured by Somali pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent military/espionage novel

  • By Wayne on 01-04-18

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Engaging story that is topical and moves along.
Gives broad perspectives on many viewpoints.

Beach reading not great literature.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,985
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,843

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

For any disillusioned citizen

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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: 06-07-17

This book lifted my spirits and gave me hope for a brighter day in our government. It is a peek into the workings of The Senate and even in today's deeply divided political climate, how Senators work across the divide to accomplish legislation for the good of all Yes, it is a book that is also highly critical of the far right and Trump

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