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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 7,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,083

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

an essential book for all

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

this is a beautiful, compassionate, and well-written book that should be required reading for all. the world needs more people like Bryan Stevenson.

  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

excellent, and frightening, book.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

this book is a great example of excellent journalism. Mayer does a thorough exposition of how entrenched big money is in American politics. this needs to change. the 0.1% are in charge of the US. this is not democracy.

highly recommended read/listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,342

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

A must read

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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: 01-27-16

This is an excellent book which challenges the "traditional" history permeating the culture. All should be required to read this, as it provides an important perspective on history from the viewpoint of the oppressed, rather than the oppressors (which are often overly glorified).

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Power

  • The Indispensable Chomsky
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" ( The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current times demand you get this into your head.

  • By Senor Comatoso on 08-12-15

Excellent. this is a must read/listen for anyone.

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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: 01-26-16

this was both infuriating and illuminating. It is incredible to think these are answers to live questions... Chomsky handles them with such eloquence and profundity that it seems like they're prepared speeches. Truly enlightening.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Excellent course, highly recommended for everyone

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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: 05-19-15

Entertaining and educational, it left me wanting more! Despite having heard a few of Prof. Greenberg's courses, I learned a great deal from this one.

  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a few slow moments

  • By K on 05-11-14

interesting, dense, reading was dull

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

the topic is very interesting, but the author goes into extreme detail, too much detail for my taste, but interesting nonetheless. the weakest part of this audiobook is the reading. the reader has a very monotonous and almost robotic voice that when combined with the dense subject matter and book length, make it *very* easy to get distracted.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Acteon on 10-14-13

excellent, as usual

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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: 04-05-15

the courses taught by Prof. Greenberg are always extremely interesting, well paced, well researched and very entertaining.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Concert Masterworks

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

  • By JaneN on 11-09-14

Really great course, loved it and learned so much!

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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: 02-08-14

Would you listen to Concert Masterworks again? Why?

Yes, it was very well presented, very informative and really interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There weren't really any characters, but I enjoyed all the pieces that were chosen.

What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

Prof. Greenberg was great, he really knows his material and he made the listening very entertaining.

Any additional comments?

It would be even better if they included the word scores with the audiobook.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful