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  • Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

  • By: Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin - contributor, Martellus Bennett - foreword
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

Super Bowl Champion and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor. One of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, he is also a fearless activist, grassroots philanthropist, and organizer. Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, has gained international recognition for his public support for the Black Lives Matter movement and women's rights. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it from the very beginning

  • By Mickey on 04-26-18

Wasn't sure of this book was going to climax

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This was a pretty good read. At first, the book starts off about the NFL and his career. It was a slow start. It wasn't until halfway through the book that I got the meat and potatoes. I really appreciate athletes speaking out and discussing issues close to their hearts. More athletes need to do this. They control the narrative, just like Colin Kaepernick. Good stuff.

  • Payback (The Marshall Project)

  • By: Natalie Y. Moore
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

More than two decades after Darrell Cannon was tortured into a false confession of murder, he was finally released from prison with hardly an apology. He wasn’t the only one with a story to tell. Award-winning author Natalie Y. Moore reveals the fight for justice and reparations engineered by Chicago’s Black People Against Police Torture movement. More than one hundred African Americans were brutalized by Chicago Police Department Commander Jon Burge’s sadistic, state-sanctioned “interrogation” ring that operated within the department for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good short read, but I wanted more.

  • By Monique B on 09-11-18

Good short read, but I wanted more.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a good read, I wanted more context. I never knew about the horrid things police officers were doing in Chicago, but it is a sad long truth. I look forward to reading the other short stories in the series. I have 5 of them.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,008
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,024

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

What a story!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I couldn't imagine living in those times!!! You know, I watched this movie and the book is so much better. I don't appreciate the Author using the real Abelene in her book and then having the gaul to not acknowledge or compensate her. Anyhow, the story is phenomenal. I finished is less than a week. I really wished the ending had more of a bang. For a story that is so bold, the ending was very dull.

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,449
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,436

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

An interesting and remarkable tale!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book is one of the most brutally honest memoirs I have ever read. The men, the money, the illness...her story is very candid. At times the story was so vivid, it seemed to be make believe. I believed it because she shared details about her life that a normal person simply would be too ashamed to share. Everyone has a story. Hers is worth listening to.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,925
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,846

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

I can TOTALLY relate...OMG

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

When I tell you this book made made me happy, angry and sad all at the same time...My God!!! Being a woman of color and coming out the hood and going to the suburbs, I can totally relate. Reading this story angered me because the killing of unarmed black men is so real, it makes you want to cry. The narrator was absolutely wonderful and I will be looking for other books she has narrated.

  • The Syndicate 3

  • Carl Weber Presents
  • By: Brick, Storm
  • Narrated by: Randall Bain, Julian Durant, Dylan Ford, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

When Claudette McPhearson died, she left eight foster children to fend for themselves after they discovered the truth about her secret life. She was the leader of the Syndicate, a criminal enterprise that had a stronghold on the underworld. Much to her children's chagrin, it was up to one of them to step up and take the lead.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the performance! story wasn't great.

  • By Will on 07-15-18

What an ending!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

OMG!!! What a story. It was gritty, raw and beautiful! Families should always stick together like the Mcphersons. They are loyal to each other (minus melissa) to the end.

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,896

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fucking. Amazing.

  • By Sunny James on 11-03-17

This was a good book.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I like Gabrielle, even though she seems a bit self absorbed. Her story is somewhat relatable. The story jumped around quite a bit, but it was always easy to follow along. Good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 32,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,143

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
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

AMAZING!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Kevin was open and vulnerable and I loved it. He discussed every aspect of his life and to add, he is hilarious. He talked about his wife (ex & new) parents, friends, being a cheater, life struggles. It was a great read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,717

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Good story, nice twist

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I found myself struggling to figure out which character was speaking. I had to replay some parts to determine if the story was talking about Emma or Vanessa. I thought something really bad would happen to Richard. No dice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,476

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad it ended

  • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

Good read but a bit confusing.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

This was a really good book. I could really relate. The story did jump around alot, so I found myself lost at times. You would think that this would be a funny story because she is a comedian. Couldn't be further from the truth. The story was painful, joyous and real. I'm glad she was able to tell her story. Good read.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful