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John B. Waits

Centreville, AL USA
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  • White Fragility

  • Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • By: Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to "bad people" (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Blessedly discomforting

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Ironically, this book started out making me defensive, aka, triggering my nascent white fragility. It is relentlessly insightful. Sometimes shockingly or saddeningly so. I learned a lot and hopefully have started growing a lot. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stop Overreacting

  • Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions
  • By: Judith Siegel
  • Narrated by: Margo Trueblood
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

When you are criticized or rejected, do you have a tendency to lash out or withdraw entirely? Both types of kneejerk reactions can have lasting and unintended consequences, affecting our friendships, careers, families, and romantic relationships. The truth is, overreacting hurts us as much as it hurts the people around us. You may see overreacting as an unchangeable part of your personality, but in reality, this tendency, like any other, can be unlearned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not many books I give 5 starts

  • By Maritza Fernanda Rojas Villamizar on 07-12-17

Surprisingly insightful and practical

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Surprisingly insightful and practical. Good insights. Organized. Flows well. Doesn’t drag. And good practical applications after each chapter, and at the end.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,274

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Audiobook!

  • By Greg on 02-26-14

One of the worst books I’ve read

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I picked this book up... and kept at it... because of book reviews and obituaries. It was so difficult to follow and seemed to have no point.

  • The Sender

  • A Story About When Right Words Make All the Difference
  • By: Kevin Elko, Bill Beausay
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A few months ago he was a high school football coach. Now Charlie Cristo is a cancer patient, battling not only an aggressive disease but also years of bitterness and disappointment. Then anonymous letters start arriving from a source known only as The Sender. Lift your spirits. Work the process. Help one another. The short, wise counsel in the letters challenged Charlie Cristo to fight the disease ravaging his body and the anger threatening his soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be where your feet are

  • By Hoyt Corkins on 07-13-17

Inspiring messages

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Inspiring messages about handling life's challenges, embedded in the milieu of a football coach's battle with cancer.

From a literary standpoint, the writing is mediocre and reads like a morality play with every part of the plot predictable. Every bit of the plot and character development seems to exist as a vehicle or "solute" for a series of 30-40 "life lessons" or quotes, memes, and bumper sticker wisdom...

... that are actually quite nice little homilies, truly, that many in your life who don't think a thing about watching dumb movies will probably love. So, I'm sure that I'll recommend this book to many. But buyer beware, this book is not a piece of literature.

  • Humble Inquiry

  • The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
  • By: Edgar H. Schein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people - especially those who report to us - we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry. Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as "the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the read

  • By Jennifer Grant on 01-07-17

Excellent content. Reading is dry. Get the Kindle Book.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Excellent content. Reading is dry. Get the Kindle Book.

Not the worst narration if you need it. But would read this one on Kindle if possible.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,122

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed bag of brilliance, marred by missteps

  • By Leo on 11-24-17

Second half awesome

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Somewhat slow getting to the awesome second half. Don’t give up. Just as good as the first two, if not better.

  • The Island at the Center of the World

  • The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
  • By: Russell Shorto
  • Narrated by: Russell Shorto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 179

In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete history, but fun. Performance is poor.

  • By Matthew on 11-27-18

Unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This is one of my favorite books in the genre of layperson history. It is an unforgettable story of 17th century new Amsterdam ( New York). The stories themselves are interesting and you won’t be able to put it down. The connection to the revolutionary era into the modern era is interesting, to say the least.

  • I Hear You

  • The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships
  • By: Michael S. Sorensen
  • Narrated by: Michael S. Sorensen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

What if making one tweak to your day-to-day conversations could immediately improve every relationship in your life? In this three-hour, conversational listen, you'll discover the whats, whys, and hows of one of the most valuable (yet surprisingly little-known) communication skills - validation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book helped solved a problem I didn't know existed

  • By Emily on 09-02-17

Quick and effective read

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Quick. No fluff. Very effective techniques and examples. Great read. Highly recommended book on communication.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power Broker

  • Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 66 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,920

Everywhere acknowledged as a modern American classic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest books of the 20th century, The Power Broker is a galvanizing biography revealing not only the saga of one man's incredible accumulation of power, but the story of the shaping (and mis-shaping) of New York in the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING read

  • By jeff on 09-15-11

Tour de force

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Insightful book, about a life and career that is unexpectedly riveting. I couldn’t put it down.

  • Lost to the West

  • The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
  • By: Lars Brownworth
  • Narrated by: Lars Brownworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a delight for anyone interested in history !

  • By Cinders on 05-28-13

Excellent overview of 1123 years of history

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

Excellent overview of 1123 years of history. Hit the right balance of detail and sweeping overview, for a ~10 hours listen.