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  • Malcolm X

  • A Life of Reinvention
  • By: Manning Marable
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • invites further reading on Malcolm X

  • By connie on 05-14-11

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Reviewed: 04-22-19

This amazing biography teaches a great deal about Malcolm X. As a Mulatto man I felt a deeper desire to embrace me African heritage after reading this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone wanting to learn more about African-American history and Malcolm X.

  • It Was Me All Along

  • A Memoir
  • By: Andie Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Andie Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this...

  • By AndreaJane on 01-16-15

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Reviewed: 04-07-19

The story of Andie Mitchell is very motivational. Just reading it gave me even more motivation to keep losing weight. I highly recommend this book to every person that wants and is currently losing weight.

  • Confessions of a Carb Queen

  • A Memoir
  • By: Susan Blech, Caroline Bock
  • Narrated by: Aimee Jolson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
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    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

By the time Susan Blech was 38 years old, she weighed a staggering 468.1 pounds. She binged. She was "only a little chubby," or so she convinced herself. Gripping, sometimes shocking, and ultimately inspiring, Confessions of a Carb Queen is the story of how Susan changed her life to save her life, ultimately losing 250 pounds without surgery. Susan speaks candidly about eating binges, fat sex, and other topics no obese person has dared to address.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Negative reviews are ridiculous.

  • By Heather Marie on 01-07-16

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Reviewed: 04-01-19

Reading the story of Susan Blech is motivational. This memoir is highly recommend to those that are working to lose weight. Just reading stories like Susan's provides the much needed motivation that you have been seeking.

  • Half-Assed

  • A Weight-Loss Memoir
  • By: Jennette Fulda
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
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    4 out of 5 stars 100

After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age 23, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds. Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school questionnaire asking What would you change about your appearance? was "I would be thinner.” Sound familiar? Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette’s journey to get in shape, lose weight, and change her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, obnoxious narrator

  • By Katherine Fazackerley on 10-25-16

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Reviewed: 03-29-19

This book is highly recommend to people that want to lose weight. Jennette's story is inspiring. Personally, I felt like dropping bad eating habits after reading this book.

  • A Slave No More

  • Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom
  • By: David W. Blight
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the 100 or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Piece Of History

  • By John on 07-10-09

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Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is an excellent history book on slavery. Being mulatto myself I highly recommend this book to every person that is of full or part African-American decent.

  • California

  • A History
  • By: Kevin Starr
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California's history. From its colonial beginnings through Governor Schwarzenegger's administration, the Golden State has become a uniquely American phenomenon that has enchanted people with the possibility of a better life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Theresa on 11-10-11

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Reviewed: 03-19-19

This book is highly recommend to all the people of California. It is an amazing book that expertly tells the history of the amazing State of California. This book is highly recommend to adults and teachers that teach the history of California. The history of California in this book is interesting and a good source of learning material.

  • First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

  • A New Journey Through Anxiety
  • By: Sarah Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

While reading psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's groundbreaking account of bipolar disorder, An Unquiet Mind, Sarah Wilson discovered an ancient Chinese proverb that would change her life: To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful. Wilson, a best-selling author, journalist, and entrepreneur, had spent years struggling with her own beast: chronic anxiety. And the words of this proverb would become the key to understanding her condition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Molly J Pendlebury on 06-02-18

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Reviewed: 03-10-19

This book is highly recommend to those that have or have overcome an anxiety disorder. This author's story will help you to heal and change.

  • Okay Fine Whatever

  • The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things
  • By: Courtenay Hameister
  • Narrated by: Courtenay Hameister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
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    4 out of 5 stars 70

For most of her life (and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show), Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home. Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her - things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: "nope." 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Aaron W.C. on 03-03-19

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Reviewed: 03-03-19

I feel that this is an amazing book for people with and are overcoming an anxiety disorder. The author's story is inspiring.

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  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,351
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,758
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    4 out of 5 stars 5,759

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

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Reviewed: 02-24-19

This an amazing novel that all must read. It's message is a lesson we must all learn, epically in our current world.

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  • My Age of Anxiety

  • Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
  • By: Scott Stossel
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for medical/psychology students

  • By Daniel on 01-06-17

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

This book is highly recommend to those that have overcome and are living with an anxiety disorder. This book provides those with an anxiety disorder the information that they need to recover.