Brooks D. Butler

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  • Major Taylor

  • The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame
  • By: Conrad Kerber, Terry Kerber
  • Narrated by: Barrie Buckner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the wake of the Tour de France’s fallen heroes, the story of one of history’s most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world’s most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major” Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, frustrating performance

  • By J. Danoff-Burg on 02-24-17

Fantastic Book - Epic Story

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Reviewed: 12-03-18

I really enjoyed this story about a Major Taylor. A great American hero that was loved everywhere in the world, but never completely accepted here in America. He succeed in becoming the first black American world champion in cycling.

The narrator was not up the level a book like this deserves. In addition the countless mispronunciations (including the name of Greg LeMond in the forward), there where times the narrator was droning through sentences as if he was just trying to get this done.

I have recommended this book and will continue to do so, but not without caveats

Please re-record this wonderful book and get Don Chesal’s to read it.

  • Black Privilege

  • Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
  • By: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Narrated by: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,053

Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", co-host of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Awesome

  • By Ashley on 11-22-17

Mandatory Reading

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Reviewed: 06-19-17

Would you listen to Black Privilege again? Why?

I recommend reading "Black Privilege" every December. The book will help you get your look and priorities in the right prospective for the next year.

What did you like best about this story?

Charlamagne’s ability to completely and deliberately honest.

Have you listened to any of Charlamagne Tha God’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the story about reading his wife's (then girlfriend's) diary.