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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,045

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Great book. A must read.

  • By Margarito Martinez on 10-29-16

get's ir

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Once again, Picoult brings you into the head of disparate characters as they live through a trying personal and cultural challenge. in this book, she can get pedantic but remains moving. The final chapter on her own exploration of white privilege is very well done.

  • The Third Reconstruction

  • How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
  • By: Rev Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II led more than a 100,000 people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. These protests - the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in American history - came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tried to get through it

  • By PeacefulSeeker on 01-18-17

Next Wave?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

As liberals and progressives struggle to find a coherent, meaningful, and forward looking platform, this story of a fusion movement is a great place to start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Testosterone Rex

  • Myths of Sex, Science, and Society
  • By: Cordelia Fine
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in our development. According to this familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures - women are more cautious and parenting-focused, men seek status to attract more mates - re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains. This, in turn, is the basis of supposedly entrenched inequalities in our modern societies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ground Breaking research wryly written

  • By Simone on 02-01-17

time to reorganize

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

effectively makes the argument that gendered behavior is socially organized not biologically determined. worthwhile listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • America's War for the Greater Middle East

  • A Military History
  • By: Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise - now more than 30 years old and with no end in sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key to Understanding the US Need for Perp. War

  • By Darwin8u on 05-01-16

informative

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

great introduction to our modern involvement in the mid eastern quagmire. does more to lay out the problem and faulty logic behind our involvement than laying out alternative solutions.

  • The Witches

  • Salem, 1692
  • By: Stacy Schiff
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 493

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really annoying narration

  • By MAG on 11-10-15

too much

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

struggled to finish. too detailed top little abstraction cut it by half or more to enjoy

  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,495

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK - a few funny sections

  • By kurdis teed on 10-19-17

thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

The book explores an thought provoking interaction between racial identity, racism, and community building. Stick with it. a worthwhile read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

A princess of Spain, Catalina is only 16 years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage - and Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes, and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful!

  • By DebaDeb on 08-23-16

needs editing

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

this is an excellent story. the writing was repetitive with way too many adjectives. the sense of character is great. it provides the insight into a time and place that I look for in a historical novel. needs to be cut by a third. change from a year by year approach to a phase. pre-marriage 1st marriage, pre-henry, early 2nd marriage, the boelyn time

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Disrupted

  • My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523

For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't drink the Kool Aid

  • By Margaret on 07-03-16

informative

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

very good introduction to the financing of tech start ups and office bullying. an example of the gap between workers and owners

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,828

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

interesting not compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

an interesting description of a time. very well written and narrated. will complete the series with hopes that it will get better

  • Who Stole the American Dream?

  • By: Hedrick Smith
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He ties it all together

  • By jane on 10-08-12

A clarion call

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

Reviewed: 09-29-13

For the average progressive looking for a clear pathway for climbing out of the current economic and social dilemma's, Smith's book is an excellent start. His description of how corporate America has taken over the political process since 1971 provides examples for how to undo this problem. Best, his provides several examples of how we need to change our tax codes to provide sustainable support for those at risk. In particular, the tactics I intend to support are means testing for social benefits and eliminating the cap on payroll taxes that go towards social security, Futhermore, he reminds me how much I want the Democratic party to actively engage in the value of progressive actions at the level of house races. It is time to recapture the South as a bastion of progressive actions (as they were from 1920 to 1970). Let's recreate the Great Compression of the 50's and 60's!