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  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,916

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Amazing read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Bryan Stevenson is an amazing person. I admire the work he has done to help those who have been wrongfully accused. What a tragedy that our system so heavily relies on punitive ways of dealing with our poorest people. This book should be required reading for all Americans! The very fact that we view prison as the best option for many marginalized individuals is disheartening. We really need to rethink a lot of things in this country. We have built so many prisons in the US and have allocated so many resources towards those institutions that we now seem to be putting more and more people in them just to make sure there are plenty of jobs for prison personnel. Thank you Bryan Stevenson for writing this book that helped me realize the seriousness of this problem. I only wish there were more people as dedicated as you to helping those who suffer in prisons wrongly accused

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,858

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Captivating!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This book grabbed me from the very first page and I could not. Stop. Listening. It was awesome!!

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,481

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

A great storyteller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Lisa Wingate does a wonderful job of telling this very heart wrenching story about innocent children being snatched from poor families and given to rich families. Based on true accounts, this novel tells of the emotional toll this took on many who were affected by these tragic events. Even though many of these children improved their social status it does not diminish the identity they lost as they went through their lives.

  • The Midnight Watch

  • A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian
  • By: David Dyer
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little known aspect related to the sinking of the Titanic

  • By joy on 07-25-16

A little known aspect related to the sinking of the Titanic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-16

This book gives the reader a keen insight into what can happen when good people fail to take action. The story focuses on the fact that a ship called The Californian was very nearby on the night Titanic went down. They saw her distress rockets and did nothing to help her. I had never heard about this but I believe the story is based on fact. So intriguing that so many lives might have been saved had the Californian responded. Why didn't she respond? Well as the book unfolds we learn more about those individuals and why they likely did not respond. I enjoyed the book and narrator very much.

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