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Barry Ezell

St. Petersburg, FL USA
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  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,080
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,056

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Extraordinary and moving book

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

Where does Just Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read some impressive books in the last year but this was my favorite.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Mercy?

There were many moving passages. I was especially touched by the forgiveness of some of the victim's families and the change of heart by the racist prison guard.

Have you listened to any of Bryan Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure if he's narrated other books but he's excellent in this one. His performance is especially impressive because he's a lawyer and not a professional narrator.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I need to be skeptical of media reports of alleged crimes. If their sources are exclusively from law enforcement and prosecutors, it could be biased or completely false, like the allegations against Walter McMillan.

Any additional comments?

I've been critical of our prison industry for years but this book opened my eyes even more to the injustice that stacks the deck against the poor and minorities. Regardless of your political bent, this book will change the way you view the American justice system. I'd also recommend another audiobook that discusses similar themes in a different way, "The Divide" by Matt Taibbi.

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat - and how we can change - in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes' crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening, life changing book!

  • By Marsha on 02-03-11

Best nutrition book I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

What did you love best about Why We Get Fat?

I have an MS in biochemistry and can smell pseudo-science a mile away. This book is very well researched and has convinced me that most of what our culture today knows as healthy eating is anything but. If you really want to understand why we keep getting fatter and fatter while spending billions on diets and gym memberships, you owe it to yourself to read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Get Fat?

I was shocked to learn diets that are essentially the Atkins Diet have been recommended since the 18th century.

Any additional comments?

I would've given 5 stars for narration had Mr. Chamberlain not mispronounced

  • Charlatan

  • America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Age of Flimflam
  • By: Pope Brock
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

This is the enormously entertaining story of how a fraudulent surgeon made a fortune by inserting goats' testes into impotent American men. "Doctor" John Brinkley became a world renowned authority on sexual rejuvenation in the 1920s, with famous politicians and even royalty asking for his services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • nix the narrator

  • By susan nenadic on 02-08-09

Highly entertaining history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-10

The book and the narration were both great. This is the kind of well-researched book that changes the way you view the recent past and present. Brinkley wasn't just an evolution of the snake oil salesman, he had an important role in the rise of the modern A.M.A., medical marketing, and even country music.

Johnny Heller's narration was brisk, old-timey when appropriate, and you could tell he enjoyed the book. Yes, he mispronounced Gila monster but to deduct stars for one or two mispronounced words is pedantry.

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