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CHICAGO, IL, United States
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  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take if for what it's worth...

  • By Clay on 08-14-18

The View from Inside is Terrible

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I appreciated Omarosa's unique perspective on working in the Trump White House. Although I don't agree with her support of Donald Trump, she plausibly explains the evolution of their 15 year relationship. It will be interesting to see how she handles her career and her life going forward.

I recommend the book for anyone seeking a different perspective on Trump's behavior and his presidency.

  • Chariot on the Mountain

  • By: Jack Ford
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Two decades before the Civil War, a middle-class farmer named Samuel Maddox lies on his deathbed. Elsewhere in his Virginia home, a young woman named Kitty knows her life is about to change. She is one of the Maddox family's slaves - and Samuel's biological daughter. When Samuel's wife Mary inherits her husband's property, she will own Kitty, too, along with Kitty's three small children. After Samuel's death, Mary decides to grant Kitty and her children their freedom and travels with them to Pennsylvania, where she will file papers declaring Kitty's emancipation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Aledwina Townsend on 08-29-18

A Stunning American History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I was fascinated by this book. You will be too if you enjoy American history. A former slave woman sued a White man for her freedom and won! What a triumph! The ordeal of Kitty, our heroine, getting to freedom was riveting and the courtroom drama that followed was mesmerizing.

  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

  • By: Issa Rae
  • Narrated by: Issa Rae
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

"My name is 'J' and I'm awkward--and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?" Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn't easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert--whether she's navigating love, work, friendships, or rapping--it sure is entertaining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Jamila on 02-25-15

Awkward Black Girls Unite!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Issa Rae has made awkward so cool. The truth is there are a lot of us. I laughed out loud several times throughout the book. Awkward! I especially enjoyed her analysis of the different types of Black people. So on point!

She taught me a perspective on being"Halfrican" that I didn't really understand. Now I see how the experience of growing up African or half-African in America is different from growing up "African-American".

Although the book's title is race and gender specific, the humor in The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl would be fun for everyone. A star is born!

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

Heartburned By a Heartless Husband

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I really enjoyed Heartburn. Although the book was very funny, my heart ached a little for our protagonist. Meryl Streep's reading was perfect but just the thought of a man cheating on his pregnant wife with a "friend" made my blood boil!

The story was presented with great fun and humor so that tempered my anger a little. I recommend Heartburn to all fans of Nora Ephron and Meryl Streep. And thanks for the interesting recipes sprinkled throughout the story.

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,225

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

What A Mother!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I really enjoyed learning the story of Jenifer Lewis. She is the only one who could have narrated her book. I liked hearing about her famous friends and not so famous lovers. The details of her love life fascinated and horrified me. So many lovers by any standard showed a complete lack of judgment and self-esteem. I was glad when she got professional help. The story was funny, sad and entertaining throughout. Jenifer's life has ups and downs. She is just like us only she is a star!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92,835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86,005
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,600

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Born a Storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I really enjoyed learning about life in South Africa. The similarities to growing up on the Southside of Chicago are amazing. The differences are amazing too.

Trevor Noah is a great storyteller and gives an excellent portrait of his young life in South Africa. He explains why legal racism and bigotry are so pointless and detrimental to society.

The description of life with his stepfather was so heartbreaking, I was close to tears. His stepfather 's cruelty was stunning and unbelievable. His triumph over such a difficult childhood is inspirational and worth reading.

  • The Scramble for Africa: The History and Legacy of the Colonization of Africa by European Nations During the New Imperialism Era

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This Unscrambled It For Me!

  • By Fylynne on 01-03-18

This Unscrambled It For Me!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

This book helped me understand how Europe destabilized Africa for generations. Between slavery and plundering for natural resources, the Europeans basically guaranteed disunity among the African nations. Now I understand why some Africans speak with a British accent and some Africans speak with a French accent. It relates directly to colonization and the scramble for Africa. The book is nice and brief in explaining history and the narrator was very clear. The book is concise and informative.

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  • Hacks

  • The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
  • By: Donna Brazile
  • Narrated by: Donna Brazile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donna is going to need protection after this....

  • By Kristen on 11-07-17

Don't Dismiss Donna!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I really enjoyed hearing Donna Brazile's first hand account of how the Democrats blew the 2016 Presidential Election. Her blunt assessment gave me a good understanding of how campaigns work and the importance of blending experience with young innovative ways of running campaigns. Unfortunately, the young voices on Hillary's campaign chose to be dismissive of Donna and her team of experienced campaign runners. If only they had listened! This book should be used in Political Science classes across the country.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Order

  • Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
  • By: Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114

From Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Historical Account of the Supreme Court

  • By GH on 03-07-13

Supremely Educational!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I really enjoyed Out of Order. Justice O'Connor explains how the Supreme Court works and its history. She was conversational and easy to listen to. I was slightly amused when she started a new chapter because instead of saying the chapter number, she would say "next chapter"! I also enjoyed the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the end of the book.

  • Queen Sugar

  • A Novel
  • By: Natalie Baszile
  • Narrated by: Miriam Hyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Queen Sugar

  • By Rochelle on 09-13-16

Queen Sugar Shows Life Not So Sweet

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I got this book because I really enjoy the TV series Queen Sugar on OWN. The book and the TV show while similar, I noticed a big difference in the lives of the characters. This initially threw me off because I was confused by characters in the book who were not in the TV show and vice versa. After awhile I recognized that the book stood on it's own separate from the TV show so I enjoyed it better. I learned farm life is not easy and when you add sibling rivalry it gets worse. This slice of life taught this city dweller a few things about life in the Louisiana sugar cane fields. I recommend it to fans of the TV show to gain a better understanding of the title.