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Paola V. Hidalgo

Fort Myers, FL USA
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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,374

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

interesting story.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I am not very familiar with this kind of cases but it was interesting. the things most of us ignore.

  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

  • By: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sagan, Ann Druyan, Clinnette Minnis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits - self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics - are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Production

  • By Kitty on 09-11-17

great book

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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: 01-08-19

Carl Sagan one of the best. absolutely loved this book. Would definitely recommend it to all.

  • The Slave Ship

  • A Human History
  • By: Marcus Rediker
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

For more than three centuries, slave ships carried millions of people from the coasts of Africa across the Atlantic to the New World. Much is known of the slave trade and the American plantation complex, but little of the ships that made it all possible. In The Slave Ship, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker draws on 30 years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much misery

  • By Michael on 11-07-07

very sad history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-18

although sad it is important that we are aware of what happened on our world in past times

  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu

  • Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
  • By: Mark Adams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book for history enthusiasts

  • By Elizabeth on 08-26-12

it wasn't very exciting

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I couldn't get thru this book without falling asleep. I didn't enjoy this very much. its more like a personal story.

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  • The Jaguar Smile

  • A Nicaraguan Journey
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

"I did not go to Nicaragua intending to write a book, or, indeed, to write at all: but my encounter with the place affected me so deeply that in the end I had no choice." So notes Salman Rushdie in his first work of nonfiction, a book as imaginative and meaningful as his acclaimed novels. In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly sharp and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the terrain, and the poetry of "a country in which the ancient, opposing forces of creation and destruction were in violent collision".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simply Amazing!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-18

very pleased with this book

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

very good briefing of Nicaragua history after the fall of Somoza. it also gives us a glimpse in somoza lifestyle.

  • Los Pueblos Indios de Mexico Hoy [The Indigenous Peoples of Mexico Today]

  • By: Carlos Montemayor
  • Narrated by: Alfredo Huereca
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Derrotados por la conquista, “evangelizados” y sometidos al vasallaje de la corona española durante tres siglos, declarados “inexistentes” por el liberalismo decimonónico y despojados de sus tierras comunales, por lo que se volvieron agraristas en la revolución de 1910, y oprimidos por el paternalismo indigenista contemproáneo, al despuntar el siglo XXI, ¿qué son hoy los pueblos indios de México?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • muy bueno <br />

  • By Paola V. Hidalgo on 12-12-17

muy bueno <br />

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

excelente información. Me encantó. una breve historia y una explicación para la mente moderna muy buena

  • Conquistador

  • Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
  • By: Buddy Levy
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book

  • By Victor on 02-27-11

Awful

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I do not know if the reader is the one making the mistakes or if the book is that terrible.

Nahuatl is not a Maya language. The correct name of the translator is Malitzin renamed Malinche by the Spaniards but that is not her name, which should be mentioned.
And what is “teules” ?

I can’t hear more than barely 1 hour.

Terrible work

  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,859

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An essential read. A horrifying reality.

  • By Jeremy on 04-28-12

what a great 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: 11-14-17

this is one of many books every person who lives in the USA should read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,776

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

After Homo sapiens I became interested in this book. It gives a lot to think about.

  • Year 501

  • The Conquest Continues
  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Analyzing Haiti, Latin America, Cuba, Indonesia, and even packets of the Third World developing in the United States, Noam Chomsky draws parallels between the genocide of colonial times and the murder and exploitation associated with modern-day imperialism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's very good

  • By Paola V. Hidalgo on 08-11-17

It's very good

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I didn't like the reader too much but overall the book is decent. This is the 4th of Noam's book I've "read"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful