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  • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

  • Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
  • By: W. Kamau Bell
  • Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe from The New Yorker fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • White Woman Raising a Black Son

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-20-17

Just Another "Proud" Black Man Who Marries White

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I find it is very interesting how black men can chronicle THEIR struggles in detail, while completely turning a blind eye to the struggles of the black women they increasingly ignore, abandon, and disrespect. So sad.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,268

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

Inspirational, Very Funny, but...

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Needlessly filthy language. Wasn't a Kevin Hart fan but I am now that I know his struggle. I have so much respect for anyone who perseveres through hard times with hard work, a positive attitude, focus, and determination. Congratulations man! I know the language is just Kevin being Kevin. However, it would be nice to be able to share such a motivating message with young people and not have to include a disclaimer statement about why this level of profanity is unacceptable in most situations. Great job otherwise!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,524

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Boring and So Predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Not a single likable character in the book. Rachel was a pathetic, desperate drunk that I found very hard to root for. It wasn't suspenseful at all. I figured out the murderer's identity very early in the book. I don't know how this book became a best seller or a movie.

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  • Black Privilege

  • Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
  • By: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Narrated by: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,082
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,022

Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", co-host of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Awesome

  • By Ashley on 11-22-17

Amazing, Inspirational, Needlessly Crude at Times

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

First, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Charlamagne's message and thoroughly respect his mindset, hustle, and work ethic. Unfortunately, the importance of hard work, planning, and starting from rock bottom is desperately misunderstood and devalued among our youths. This book shows them how supreme sacrifice and struggle can have a pay-off over time.

I would very much like to share this book with my 15 year old nephew, but am wondering if I need to wait until he's a little older. What I didn't like about the book was (in my opinion) the unnecessary use of vulgarity and some crucial points I believed he overlooked. I know Charlamagne's response to me would be that he's just keeping it real. And, that's the clean version of what he might say.

There are parts of this book that send the wrong message to young men. I feel that sharing intimate details of he and his wife's sex life added absolutely no value to the book and showed a serious lack of respect for her and their marriage. Just as in a lot of Hip Hop, it promotes misogyny, which is the primary culprit in the destruction our families. Young men need to understand that some things should remain sacred between a husband and wife, and should not be shared with anyone. Also, while thug life is all too much a reality among our youths, Charlamagne's portrayal of misbehaving in school, selling drugs and going to jail as no big deal is dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric. Too many black youths view selling drugs, gang banging, and going to prison as simply a right of passage through which they will/must travel.

Charlamagne reveals little to no remorse and relatively minor consequences for his actions. He simply portrays them as a means to an end. Maybe he's not sorry about the role he played in poisoning people or destroying a community. But, if he was going to be so explicit about other things in the book, he should have also addressed the pain and heartache that goes along with living that kind of life, as well as the predictable results that come from squandering an education. At the very least, he should have discussed the heartache he certainly caused his mother. That is, if he even realizes it.

Finally, too many of our so-called roll models glamorize selling drugs and/or theft as acceptable stepping-stones for financing their legitimate dreams (Jay-Z, P-Diddy, etc.), when education MUST be emphasized as THE means for escaping poverty LEGALLY. Black men must understand that caring for their families, respecting the mother of their children, and empowerment through education is the only way to end the generational cycle of poverty that runs rampant through our communities. Charlamagne missed some very important teaching/motivational opportunities by ignoring these simple facts.

51 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh

  • KIYA Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Katie Hamstead
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for… The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and engaging

  • By Sharon Bayliss on 05-25-14

Eleven Hours I'll Never Get Back!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

I am typically a big fan of books on Egyptology, however this one was painful to finish. The writing is juvenile, trite, and completely predictable. While the narrator's diction is fine, I found the tone of her voice very annoying. Though this is intended to be fiction, it is laughably unrealistic. It reads more like a fairytale meant for an audience of preteen girls rather than historical fiction for adults. Needless to say, I will skip the other selections in this trilogy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful