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Brad Turner

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  • In the Shadow of Liberty

  • The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth C. Davis, Frankie Faison, Keith David, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Did you know that many of America's Founding Fathers - who fought for liberty and justice for all - were slave owners? Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were "owned" by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country's great tragedy - that a nation "conceived in liberty" was also born in shackles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By Virgil P Gaiter on 11-03-16

Wow! Very eye opening

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I thought this book was great! Very enlightening of the time when slavery was commonly accepted. I certainly came across some topics in this book that I'd like to dive deeper into.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Caught

  • By: Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation's capital. In setting up his household, he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary, and eight slaves, including Ona Judge, about which little has been written. As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn't get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Washington decided to circumvent the law.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So happy to have been introduced to Ms. Judge!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-18

Wonderful audiobook

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

This book kept my attention the entire time. The narrator did a great job. I've read a few books about George Washington and have always admired him. I still have great respect for the Washington family but this book gave me an entirely different perspective. Well done!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,759

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Wow! Such a powerful story!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. He always does a great job and has the perfect voice for this type of story

  • Dear Leader

  • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
  • By: Jang Jin-sung
  • Narrated by: Daniel York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • richly detailed account of getting out

  • By Andy on 07-17-14

Fascinating "true" story, I suspect fictional elements though

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

This is a very interesting and awe inspiring story about the escape of 2 North Koreans from their tyrannical homeland. It is full of detail on the inner workings of the DPRK and has many cliff hangers. I suspect that some of this account from the author has been embellished to improve the storyline and tie up loose ends. Either way, it's a great story and I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning more about North Korea.

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Wonderfully written, great narration

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Death by Black Hole to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version so I cannot comment on that

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author of course! Dr Tyson is one of the best at describing physics in a way that everyone can grasp

Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

Still Dr Tyson

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All equally

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is that some material was repeated throughout the book, but overall, this is a wonderful listen!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,264

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Wonderful book, could easily be nonfiction

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The story is very believable. Everything seems to check out. I admit, some of it is a long shot, but it certainly could happen. There were times when I sat in the truck waiting on a chapter to end, even after I arrived at my destination.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful