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  • 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 109,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,494
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,010

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
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

What a life story!

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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: 09-24-18

The story of Trevor Noah's life is as adventurous and unexpected as a first rate novel. The story grabs you from beginning to end. There is a great deal of struggle, a fair share of injustice survived, huge challenges overcome. There are moments when you would doubt the protagonist could ever climb out of the hardship -- except you don't doubt because you already know what has become of him. Mr. Noah's narration of his story is perfect. As always, his comedy running is impeccable. You can see clearly how laughter gets him through it all and bright icon to where he is today.

If you enjoy Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, you will love this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,380

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

An absolute must read/listen

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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: 03-21-18

This story is magnificent. So often I feel frustrated by the eurocentrism of fantasy, the repeated tropes that follow the same grooves, even across the many worlds of fantasy fiction. This book is different. The magical heritage it draws upon is West African, with the deities of Yoruba and snippets of Yoruba language and prayers. The character names are African names which may be unfamiliar to most North American readers but which help paint the world far better than random made up names ever could. The skin tones are dark, chocolate, ebony, midnight and copper. Straight hair is an anomaly. The texture of the land is African, though flora and fauna are fantastical.

Listening to this book was a treat. Though I usually listen at 2x speed, I put it down to real time speed for this book in order to fully experience the cadence of the performance.

  • Sacred Economics

  • Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
  • By: Charles Eisenstein
  • Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity; destroyed community; and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A better works for all

  • By FunkTastic and Snuggy on 08-03-18

lots of good things to chew on

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This book as recommended to me ages ago. It was far from the top of my list of things I really wanted to read, but I'm glad I finally did. There are so many things to think about and ideas for experimentation in this book. I will be listening a swerving and probably a third time.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,811

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

An excellent story with great insights.

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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: 12-24-17

I got this book in hoeps of understanding a group of people that are different from me. Having grown up in the San Francisco, "hillbillies" seem like a completely foreign culture. Instead I found many similarities to my own family, my grandparents from the working class, my parents upwardly mobile but not quite free of the legacy of their own childhoods traumas. While much of the early part of this story is very different from my own history, none of it was completely foreign. The wisdom of JD's understanding about how much the influences of people who cared and mentored him along the way is refreshing in a country where so much of the rhetoric about the poor expects people to "pick themselves up by their bootstraps". The insight into the ways that the class divide is a cultural divide are especially poignant.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,449

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

brilliantly told tales

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Of corset, we all knew that Neil Gaiman would do a wonderful job telling the old Norse myth cycle. He doesn't disappoint with this volume. And, as usual, his own voice narrating the tales could not be topped. This book will be enjoyed by those who find faith and inspiration in the stories Norse gods as much as by those who simply like a good story well told.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,369

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Privacy Is Theft

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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: 02-27-17

The Circle is a veiled version of Google with a warning about what giving up our privacy means. It all looks so shiny, but just under the surface is a terrifying dystopia.

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  • The Bonobo and the Atheist

  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution. For many years, de Waal has observed chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he delivers fascinating fresh evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less science and more meditative

  • By Lisa on 06-10-13

wonderful exploration of the roots of morality

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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: 09-19-16

Is religion necessary to keep us in line? Is religion obsolete if we can be good people without it? Bonobos, chimpanzees, as well as elephants and dogs and grey whales, have signs of altruism without religion. But religion has a place within human culture, and it's not necessary to be theist to recognize the value in diverse religious beliefs around the world.

The wonderful stories in this book about humans and animals, in the wild and in the lab, help shine a light on the inherent morality within people while acknowledging the place of religious experience in human life.

  • Revolution

  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

You have been lied to, told there's no alternative, no choice, and that you don’t deserve any better. Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts. This audiobook makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous

  • By Dan on 01-05-15

Revolutionary Work

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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: 09-10-15

When mentioning this book to some friends, the conversation was quite short. "Have you read Russell Brand's Revolution?" I asked. "That comedian?" "Yeah" "I have some problems with him." I tried to explain that this book was well worth getting over your problems with him for, but that did not fly. End of conversation.

It was doubly awkward because I also "had problems" with brand not long ago. The first was that I'd never been fond of his comedy and the second was that it took me a while to get that he wasn't just taking the piss in his interviews. I knew nothing of his celebrity misadventures, but if I had, I would have had a problem with him being a bit of a dick.

Mr. Brand is well aware that he can be a bit of a dick, and that is, in fact, part of what makes this book so good. It isn't written from a point of piety, telling everyone else how we ought to fix the world according to his whims. It is a book filled with quotes from other authors, conversations with thinkers and revolutionaries, and deep investigation of what can possibly be done to make the world a better place. He criticizes himself and speaks of his own struggles to be the change he wants to see in the world. He points out his flaws and talks about how he changes himself first. That is the strongest invitation to revolution I can imagine.