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  • The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free)

  • By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West - editor
  • Narrated by: Wanda Sykes
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 767

In a rousing speech on race, poverty, and economic justice - given less than a year before his assassination - Martin Luther King Jr. drives home the mission behind his Poor People's Campaign. It is a clear-eyed look at the disparity of wealth in America, what it means for people of all colors - and a message of inspiration dedicated to the power of the people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By Yesenia on 02-11-18

A Timeless Piece

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is Election Day, Nov 6, 2018. I saw something on Audible that moved me to listen to something by Dr. Martin Luther King. His words are inspirational and timeless. And so appropriate for these times. I thought Wanda Sykes was an odd choice as narrator. I love Wanda Sykes but when I think of her, I don't think of a dramatic reading. She did just fine but I still found it hard to reconcile the funny lady with the words of the civil rights icon.

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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,089

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Now I See Why it's A Classic!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I remember the movie from decades ago. I admit I was puzzled about the plot as a teenager. Now as an adult, it's all so clear. It's focus on the State being in control of books is terrifying and very reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale.

  • 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 1,778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590

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 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

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 4,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711

"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 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,102

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 5,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,697
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,680

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 98,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,472
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,046

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

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 745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

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