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  • The Color of Law

  • A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
  • By: Richard Rothstein
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 715

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation - that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, he incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation - the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments - that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better suited to print than audio

  • By ProfGolf on 02-04-18

validating...insightiful...saddening

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

as an African-American woman reading this gave what we call nowadays "receipts " for the many decades of Blacks needing to constantly play the "race card".
It brings to light the manipulating forces who worked hard to maintain racial prejudices and ensure in particular that through the laws of this land that Blacks would largely remain an underclass.
Its profoundly saddening to realize, especially these past few years, that just like that, we have leadership in office who maintain much of the same biases towards blacks and are putting in place laws that they hope to ensure my place in a permanent underclass...or worse.

  • Queen Sugar

  • A Novel
  • By: Natalie Baszile
  • Narrated by: Miriam Hyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would like it but I loved it 😊

  • By Colette M. Cummings on 12-05-16

great story

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

the television series version on Oprahs network is if course a much richer, in depth, and very nuanced version of the story. the characters and their backgrounds are different or dont exist on screen but thats a good thing.
i was very glad to not be exactly rehashing the television show...and super surprised about Ralph-Angels course.
Another thing about Queen Sugar is family
dynamics and the outcome of sibling relationships based on poor adult decisions tgat affected their lives. its not so much the decisions, but the lack of emotional support and understanding to help Ralph-Angel to better navigate life. instead, his aunt operated out of guilt/shame about how she came to raise him and never held him accountable for his behaviors...

i loved the story but was annoyed by the narrators need to have super perfect pronouncing of every word.

  • 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 32,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,912

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

one star short of brilliance

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

i am a fan of kevin hart; i think he is hilarious and brilliantly insightful. i loved the book and i recommend it....but....with a note of caution. it has parts (very few) that made me nearly return the book. his references to women as B@#$%*s and occasional graphic references to oral sex when least expected caused me pause . i think he is highly intelligent which is why i found it disappointing he couldnt articulate those areas different.
hence my rating of the book is one star shy of brilliant

  • 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 98,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,299
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90,874

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
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

fantastically engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

this story intrigued, informed, entertained and more...I loved the journey of lifeTrevor took us through while at the same time giving insights to South African apartheid. much of the history and experiences of black South Africa mirrored what life in the ghetto or now known as "The hood" was like and to some degree remains. I think of practices like "red lining" where your zip code walled you in. not to be out done by policing tactics that did more to contain than to protect and serve.

I wish he had talked more about his lead up to the daily show and those experiences too...perhaps we should look out for a second book?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Born Bright

  • A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America
  • By: C. Nicole Mason
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Born Bright, C. Nicole Mason's powerful memoir, is a story of reconciliation, constrained choices, and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful but volatile 16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school, where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Book

  • By Daryl on 11-06-16

important read!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

a powerful life story of importance for many with important conclusions for all

her personal story resonates with many, including me, as I have a similar background.

her focus is on policy as the main culprit responsible for the disparate conditions of the poor. I agree it was and still is a huge factor. growing up in the time frame Dr.Mason talks about, we had no real understanding and knowledge of what was going on and no real power to make changes. today however, there is understanding and knowledge available for all through the Internet, books, etc... yet the people who need it most are unable to get and use the information they desperately need to help them move forward.
she gives great necessary policy strategies in the end and I support them...

I do however wonder what to do about the terrible familial relationships that are also a huge contributor to disparate conditions and cause poor outcomes to the point that only one family member makes it out from several generations...

I think we have to burn the candle from both ends...the societal end and then more personally the immediate family end. intergenerational transmission of issues has that crabs in a barrel effect on families and it kills the spirit of youngsters.

my only criticism is that I had to get use to the narrator. I felt like she enunciated too perfectly. I envisioned her as a very prim and proper person telling the story of a poor person and for this story (until the last two chapters) I personally would have preferred a slightly less formal narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What She Left Behind

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,522

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh.

  • By Rebecca C. Schwarz on 04-11-15

loved the story but...

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

could have shaved hours by shortening the mean girls part of the story. I loved the original voice of the narrator but her character voices were annoying to me.




  • You Can, You Will

  • 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner
  • By: Joel Osteen
  • Narrated by: Joel Osteen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,034

In You Can, You Will, Joel Osteen focuses on the eight irrefutable traits and attributes of highly successful people. These personal qualities are tested through the ages and all types of circumstances. These practical principles guide the lives of champions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very inspiring and uplifting!

  • By Lianne on 11-17-14

Collection of his XM radio station reruns

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I listened to his satellite radio station and really liked his messages...however, if you listened long enough they started to replay over and over until there were only reruns all the time. I didn't mind it so much because even though the shows were repeats/reruns I always heard something new or thought about something in a different way.

This book was somewhat disappointing in that I found nothing new in what he has written. It's as if they copied his reruns and put them in book format...it's good stuff if you haven't listened to his XM radio station faithfully (especially when it first began to broadcast)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,757

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's normal?

  • By Kmrsy on 11-30-13

Deeply moving story

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I can't say enough about this story because it's complicated. By today's standards the children would have been placed in foster care and the parents paraded and humiliated (if that's possible given how they perceived the world) in front of society as horrible people. However, these biological parents (especially dad) truly loved the children and taught them how to take on life (albeit in a sometimes horrifying way).
It's complicated.

  • Emotional First Aid

  • Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries
  • By: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than years of therapy

  • By Mona on 08-03-13

I highly recommend this!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

 we sustain more injuries to our psychological health (often multiple times daily) yet our physical health is so much more important than our psychological health. 
this book looks at the most common assaults on our psychological well-being and gives us ways to counter/stop their influence on our lives.
the author is careful to point out in this book the times when his recommendations don't seem to work for you and it would be crucial to seek professional in person help.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Negroland

  • A Memoir
  • By: Margo Jefferson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac - here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of Margo Jefferson's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ARE YOU BLACK ENOUGH

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 05-04-16

liked the memoir needed the dictionary handy

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

I consider myself in between the "hood" and negroland. I am a Black woman fair complexion but with unmistakable black features (long but not "good" hair, thin lips but broad nose... ). I am masters level educated yet I my friends and family are largely high school educated and have no "professiinal connections; nor have they been groomed by parents in social graces.
I am a professional yet I still maintain work (part time) in a field I trained into from the military more than 25 years ago.

I found it difficult to stay interested in this story as written and as narrated. I wondered if the audience for this book was for high brow intellectual who could easily navigate without having to seek intent and understanding of vocabulary. quite often. this was a group choice of which I am the only one of 12 to finish the entire read (including some intellectuals...lol )
however, I have always been interested in class issues within groups; especially African Americans.. this memoir provided another unique view from a member of the "upper" class Black folks. I did find her thoughts, recollections and insights. very insightful.
as for the narrator, I love her acting but for t h is book I did I'd not like the fit. purely a personal preference as others had no problem with it.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful