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  • How to Kill a City

  • Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
  • By: Peter Moskowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don't realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance. How to Kill a City takes listeners from the kitchen tables of hurting families who can no longer afford their homes to the corporate boardrooms and political backrooms where destructive housing policies are devised.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Snobby Socialist New Yorker Gets Hyperbolic

  • By Marie on 04-12-18

Organized, succinct analysis, great story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Wonderful balance of analysis, interviews and story telling. Compelling and interesting read, would recommend for anyone tired of the same old commentary on gentrification and would like to hear a bit more umpf behind this concern.

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    Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
    1,459 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, thoughtful but fun

  • By Kenneth on 01-28-09

Perfect narration for a great book

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

White Teeth will seem familiar to fans of Wes Anderson or David Foster Wallace but doesn't isolate the way these story tellers can. Every bit of humor she employs resonated in me as deeply and with as little explanation as humor does when I'm with my own crazy family. This book put things my life in perspective, helped me realize what I can't stand about some people, made me feel proud and humbled as I related my own emotions to those of each character. Add to this Jenny Sterlin's schizophrenic narration; I don't think I have that many accents in my mental bank.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,714

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Part How-To Part Spiritual Guidance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

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

Although I'd preferred the organization of the book to be different it can definitely be enjoyed in one sitting. You'll find your enthusiasm to tidy will well up inside you but I really encourage listening to the entirety of the book first. The ending is humble and spiritual and offers a lot about gratitude that I feel is overlooked by folks skeptical of Kondo's methods. I listened to this book right before moving, a natural time to reassess and revisit belongings. While I appreciated the advice on how to prune my possessions my favorite part of the book is her noble regard for things and the spiritual perspective she shares.

  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

  • By: Samuel P. Huntington
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

For anyone interested in foreign affairs, this book will catalyze debate, and not only for Mr. Huntington's concluding scenario for World War III. He sees how this could happen if the U.S. mishandles an increasingly xenophobic and truculent China. Chinese assertiveness, Huntington argues, rises out of its felt grievances against a relatively weakening West. After China, the gravest challenge to the West is resurgent Islamic identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor performance despite excellent work

  • By John on 03-19-16

broad yet engaging

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

This book is really broad, but keeps your attention no less. Interesting analysis on global relationships, makes me want to read different perspectives of the same topics.