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  • American Prison

  • A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
  • By: Shane Bauer
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Shane Bauer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disgusting

  • By Frank on 09-23-18

Disgusting

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

We never really ended slavery, only rebranded it as prison labor. The modern version is the privatized prison. They kept that guy in prison for a year after his time was up. Why? He had no place to go. So, they pay practically nothing, take it back in commissary, provide no job training, then keep you in prison because you have no place to go because you have no money. We need to end this evil system. I'm writing to my state representative.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 505

The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enrich Understanding

  • By Lee Gilner on 09-22-18

Helped me have compassion

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This book helped me understand and have more compassion for young people who I previously dismissed as unhinged snowflakes. It helped me understand why they're engaging in illiberal behaviors. Perhaps I can now engage them productively, instead of using mockery and derision.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bullshit Jobs

  • A Theory
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • feeling like an ant under a magnifying lens

  • By David B. on 05-29-18

Oh brother

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The book starts out with useful information, but it becomes an anarchist sermon toward the end. He also seems to really hate physicians. Toward the end, it takes a left turn in to crazy town.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,477

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

a good book with a grain of salt

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This book has a great deal of useful advice. Just be aware that the "Utah Mormon" mentality shows. One embarrassing example: the author recommends reading works from antiquity first thing in the morning. He gives some examples, all of which are books at least 1000 years old, except he also lists the Book of Mormon, which is demonstrably a 19th century bible fan fiction. Only those living in the Mormon bubble would make such an embarrassing mistake. Oh well. It's still a good book for anyone seeking to simplify their life to focus on things that really matter. I highly recommend this book.

  • Revolution Song

  • A Story of American Freedom
  • By: Russell Shorto
  • Narrated by: Russell Shorto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today. With America's founding principles being debated today as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. Drawing on new sources, he weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW<br />

  • By Teri Marshall on 09-05-18

An inspiring book

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I was a little concerned about the length of the book, but it was well worth it.

Venture Smith has become my new hero. I actually had tears in my eyes when he went to make an installment on buying his freedom, but the guy just gave him his freedom. Venture took a mountain of lemons and made something quite inspiring. This only served to reinforce my belief that it's never too late to pull yourself up.

  • RV Living Full Time

  • Incredible Secrets, Tips, & Resources to Motorhome Living & Finding Freedom!
  • By: Kevin Hughes
  • Narrated by: Ralph L. Rati
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Have you been craving adventure? Tired of the everyday grind? Do you want to spend time outdoors connected to the world, instead of at your house connected to the Internet? Want to travel to breathtaking and interesting locales whenever the mood strikes? If you answered yes, it is all possible when living an RV lifestyle. In this book, I will share with you everything I've learned while out on the road. I went through all the growing pains and found out things the hard way so you won't have to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read links out in an audiobook!

  • By Frank on 07-08-18

Don't read links out in an audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I know the industry expects narrators to read exactly what the author wrote, but this is ridiculous! 35 minutes of this guy reading links, including http and html. I wanted to blow my head off! Put that mess on a page on a website, and provide the link to the page. Better yet: put a search bar on your site, and give listeners keywords to use to bring up each list.

Otherwise, this book is quite useful. Just skip through the parts where he reads the list of links. Have a better time reading the white pages!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the Arab Peoples

  • By: Albert Hourani
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Daunting quantity of information!

  • By Tim on 07-09-05

Not a history of arab peoples

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This is an uncritical history of Islam. It entirely ignores the pre-islamic Arabs. They had a fascinating culture; so why is all that history ignored?

  • Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror with Meg: Origins

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists-Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Max on 05-19-17

Good story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

The story itself is quite good. My only critique is it seems odd to describe the wife's body in such lurid details over and over again. We get it! She was a knockout. I personally wanted to hear more about the tight, muscular body of DJ. Reeeowr! Still, it's an excellent book. I won't be watching the movie because it is another example of Hollywood's capitulation to hostile foreign influence.

  • Fields of Blood

  • Religion and the History of Violence
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rethinking Violence and Religion

  • By Milton Big Elk on 11-05-14

Sermon or History?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I really wanted to like this book. The author seems to easily avoid preaching when discussing the Chinese or ancient Greek mythology, but as soon as the abrahamic religions show up, it turns into a sermon. I only finished about half of it. I simply cannot trust an author who can't place her own beliefs under the same microscope she places ancient beliefs.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

Read this before hitting the road

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I've always dreamed of the freedom of a life on the road. No mortgage or rent, no ties. Just me and the open road. The idea appeals to the hermit inside. After reading this book, I don't think that life is for me. I really don't like how Amazon exploits these people.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful