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  • Trinity

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, David Colacci, Saskia Maarleveld, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In this stunning, elliptical novel, Louisa Hall has crafted a breathtaking and explosive story about the ability of the human mind to believe what it wants, about public and private tragedy, and about power and guilt. Blending science with literature and fiction with biography, Trinity asks searing questions about what it means to truly know someone, and about the secrets we keep from the world and from ourselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and illuminating

  • By Rebecca on 10-22-18

Gripping and illuminating

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Reviewed: 10-22-18

I loved every moment of this book. I can’t stop thinking about all it reveals about the inner lives of women, the emotional violence we endure and inflict daily, and how we hold people responsible for their actions. Brilliant!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,586
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,069

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed stories without an overall narrative

  • By Frost on 04-04-19

Wonderful!

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Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book should be required reading for every high school kid in America. It provides the kind of cross-cultural education you get from study abroad programs, but outside of the school experience. I felt like I was listening a friend tell me about their childhood.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.9 Stars

  • By j phillips on 01-09-18

Must listen to

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Reviewed: 03-27-18

This book is heartbreaking and so very painful, yet necessary and beautiful!! Thank you Ms. Ward.

  • A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

  • A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet
  • By: Raj Patel, Jason W. Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Patel and Moore demonstrate that throughout history, crises have always prompted fresh strategies to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rebecca on 10-20-17

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 10-20-17

Simone de Beauvoir, Karl Marx, Roland Barthes and so many other philosophers, activists, and revolutionaries are reading this from beyond the grave and applauding! Just fantastic!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eichmann in Jerusalem

  • A Report on the Banality of Evil
  • By: Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lest we forget the banality of evil

  • By BryinSiam on 08-03-14

Must listen to!

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Reviewed: 11-26-16

Brilliant! With Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt not only cracks wide open the myths we perpetuate about the idea of how evil exists in the world, what form it takes and how it acts, but moreover she forces us to confront our own compliance in the horrific atrocities carried out through our ignorance of how systems of power perpetuate oppression and exploitation around the world. I would highly recommend this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and instructive. A novel of the highest caliber

  • By Richmond Surrey on 07-27-17

Magical

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Reviewed: 11-22-16

There is so much in this book; insights into girlhood, power, womanhood, life. You will not regret listening to it or reading it. Thank you Zadie Smith for this, thank you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Women in Dark Times

  • By: Jacqueline Rose
  • Narrated by: Alison Rose
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jacqueline Rose's new book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate performer Marilyn Monroe. Together these women have a shared story to tell, as they blaze a trail across some of the most dramatic events of the last century - revolution, totalitarianism, the American dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rebecca on 10-22-16

Fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-22-16

This book saved me from the banality of the 2016 election in the US. It's full of powerful, beautiful, and inspiring stories. Rose sees the struggles and strength of women that others cannot or simply won't.

  • The Republic of Imagination

  • America in Three Books
  • By: Azar Nafisi
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels - from Huckleberry Finn to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - she invites us to join her as citizens of her "Republic of Imagination," a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy, and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love

  • By Rebecca on 05-29-16

Love

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Reviewed: 05-29-16

This is a beautiful love story to American literature. Read this is you love to read, or if you want to be taught how to love to read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Explain the World

  • The Discovery of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Weinberg
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato's Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world--they did not understand what there is to understand or how to understand it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How the world created a Newton

  • By Gary on 03-02-15

Beautiful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-15

This is a wonderful map of scientific thought and process! I would recommend it for anyone interested in history, science, or philosophy. It's like a giant connect-the-dots game for the trajectory of scientific thought.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful