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Not a Book!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

If you think you would enjoy listening to a TV show that you have never watched before you might think this is ok. This is literally only the audio of a TV show, complete with noises of people doing things and many other things that go unexplained. I listened to maybe 20 minutes and decided listening to this "book" was a waste of my time. Shame on the people who are selling this as an audio book...

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Great book

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I like Jude and thought this book and his first one were good reads. I like hearing Jude tell stories from his life on the Ellis show but these books kind of make me feel bad for laughing at them.
For some reason both of Jude’s books made me think of a line from Barney Gumbal’s short film; “Don’t cry for me, I’m already dead.”

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The reader almost ruins the book for me

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Jefferson and Hamilton the most enjoyable?

This is an interesting part of history

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen McLaughlin?

Anyone who does not sound like Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

The readers performance is awful. The reader goes in and out of some kind of SoCal accent which makes no sense. Also when he is doing this accent his rate of speech slows way down, making it sound like the reader is doing a cold read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Written like a lawyer would write a summation

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The author is an attorney and writes like one. The exact same line is repeated over and over again. Alexander has way of listing facts and then subtly introduce an opinion to try to present it as another fact. I guess I feel the book is poorly edited.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Listening to Jefferson and Hamilton

What about Karen Chilton’s performance did you like?

Very good performance.

Did The New Jim Crow inspire you to do anything?

Alexander is kind of all over the place. She list a lot of problems but very few solutions. She contradicts herself a lot i.e. she states in the beginning of the book that this book is only going to deal with Black men, but then through out the entire book she includes hispanics. The book left me with the feeling there was nothing a single person could do.

Any additional comments?

This is another book that I wish audible.com would include the meta data for the book. The author does not reference her sources in the text of this version of the book so I have no way to look at the information and studies she is quoting from.

By the end of the book I think a better title for this book would have been "Why is everyone stupid except me?" Alexander claims prosecutors and DAs are criminals, judges are too stupid to understand the laws they are charged to uphold, and public defenders just don't care. Since the author is an attorney and thus an officer of the court isn't she bound to report of file claims of moral or criminal wrong doings in the league system?

In this book the reader learns that everyone is at fault for the current preponderance of black men incarcerated in the United States today.Well except her and civil rights organizations. After she gives a brief list of the things civil rights organizations are doing wrong including being top heavy with attorneys (such as herself) she states that these organizations can't be held responsible for the problems in the judicial system today.

There are however plenty of people who are to blame. From my memory they are; white men, rural whites, poor whites, automakers, steel mills, the U.S. government, Presidents Obama, Clinton, Reagan, Johnson, and Roosevelt, Dick Cheney, universities, people who don't see color, people who see color, every man who has ever been a policeman or firefighter, people who support affirmative action, people who don't support affirmative action, black police chiefs, black police officers, the justice department,blacks who marry outside of their own race(this comment really shocked me coming from someone preaching this love and understanding message), the prison system, and I am sure the are more but you get the point.

Alexander paints society with a very wide brush. If one officer is bad then they all are. And she applies this idea to many of the groups listed above.

I was also left with the feeling when I was finished with the book that Alexander feels that young black men are too weak, poor, or uneducated to do anything for themselves. I feel she gives the part of society that she is saying we as a society need to lift up, very little credit for being strong and independent.

There is a good story here that needs to be told but this book did not do it very well.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Walkable City
  • How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  • By: Jeff Speck
  • Narrated by: Jeff Speck

Horrible...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

What would have made Walkable City better?

Mr. Speck opens the book with the statement that is will not be the book of the year, and he did not fail to live up to this promise. This book, and Speck's philosophies, are plainly only for the benefit of college educated, wealthy people. From his mocking of a man though a stereotypical impression of gay man to suggesting that the only type of zoning that is of value is inclusionary zoning (a pc way to say red lining) because Aspen needs ditch diggers too Speck shows that he is part of an elitist part of society that cares little for the people and things outside of his little world. Speck's ideas cast all but the educated and wealthy to edges of visible society. No where in this book of creating walkable cities does he provide for elderly or people who have limited mobility. In fact the changes he would implement would punish the afore mentioned groups. An example, cross walks; to paraphrase Speck, The buttons walkers can press to get the walk sign, if a blind person uses this device, they can not be sure if the walk light has come on or if there is just a lull in the traffic. The second alternative is the walk sign accompanied by, as Speck describes it, the obnoxious bird noises that give an audible indication to the vision impaired that it is safe to cross. Speck's final solution is to just have no walk light demand button for pedestrians to use. His reasoning being that a blind person can just listen for the lull in traffic to know when it is safe to cross the street. Confusing right??? This is how the entire book flows. If it is convenient for Speck and the ilk he claims to represent it should receive funding and attention from public and private sources, and if it is not in the narrow view of what he deems to be good it needs to be defunded, scrapped, or punished through economical measures.I would be proud to live in a city or town that did not hire Mr. Speck or entertain his ideals.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Speck again?

I would only listen to an apology from Mr. Speck for wasting my time and money.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, the bigoted impression of an overly feministic male has no place in any book. And by the way Mr. Speck, if you have to explain why when you do the impression you are not being a homophobe, then you are being a homophobe. Shame on you sir.

What character would you cut from Walkable City?

Jeff Speck

Any additional comments?

Don't waste you time with this book.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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What Happened John Lutz?

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I kept looking at my iPod to see if I accidentally purchased the abridged version of the book. It seemed like there where huge holes in the story. The setting would change and a lot of time had passed. It was like I had missed a chapter or two, and this happened several times throughout the book.

What was most disappointing about John Lutz’s story?

Lutz usually includes all of the characters working at his agency, with this book they are all but non existent. The story line was unrealistic. The only way this story could have been more ridiculous and sloppy is if the main character Quinn had decided to dress as Batman and was battling the Joker.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, his performance was as I expected it would be.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It made the other books in the series look much better.

Any additional comments?

I don't know if I will ever read another Frank Quinn book. This book felt like Lutz pushed it out just to satisfy a publishing contract or for a quick buck. This effort is so far below Lutz's usually effort. Weak storyline, weak plot progressing, poor organization with huge holes in the story. I am so disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not Hoag's best work

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

Reviewed: 11-28-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The biggest mystery and suspense with this book was wondering when the mystery and suspense was going to start,

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is a good story, just not was I expected from this author. More like a romance mystery...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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good reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-08

I chose this version because I thought it would be just a reading no a performance since it was not marked that way. One of the witches was completely obscured by what sounded like they recorded it in a parking garage. background noises are distracting more so then helpfully in an audio presentation.