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  • The Guarded Gate

  • Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants out of America
  • By: Daniel Okrent
  • Narrated by: Daniel Okrent
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper-class Bostonians and New Yorkers - many of them progressives - who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Troubling insight, excellent detail

  • By Jason on 06-11-19

Troubling insight, excellent detail

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Amazed at the amount of work put in to an act to promote stereotypes while subverting basic human rights under the guise of "pro American" (master race - white) eugenics. Really puts into perspective where we stand as a society today, worldwide. Surprising detail throughout the history of these initiatives presented in a narrative that is terrifying and compelling.

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  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Florence Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,831

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of opinions

  • By Peter A. Oneill on 05-08-19

message good; outline seemed underdeveloped.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

enjoyed the science behind nature as a stress relief, but the way the story unfolded seemed haphazard. I enjoyed the information, but the stories behind the science were less than engaging.

  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm

  • Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
  • By: Miranda Carter
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting and entertaining work of history

  • By D. Littman on 01-16-11

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 05-25-19

heard about the book on NPR, was not disappointed. performed well, written well; the information was detailed, and well explained the juxtaposition between the Victorian monarchy/imperialism and the first world war; royal family dynamics and personal power being the driving force behind poor politics. very interesting and thought provoking as the dynamics of power abuses are still in play, on the world stage, today.

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,236

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

did not meet expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

narration was weak; emotional gravitas was lacking. overall story didn't have the expected depth; more akin to a soundbite better fit for TV or radio. underdeveloped documentary.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,661

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

excellent recitation, amazing story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

a must read/listen. a cautionary tale for all era's and generations; well recited and marvelously written.