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  • A Colony in a Nation

  • By: Chris Hayes
  • Narrated by: Chris Hayes
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, but nearly every empirical measure - wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation - reveals that racial inequality hasn't improved since 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to this book!

  • By Crystal Broadnax on 04-18-17

Chris lays it all out

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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: 12-25-17

well thought out, this is an explanation that all white folks can acknowledge and relate it regarding the inequities of life in America for all of us.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,452

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Enchanting

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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: 11-09-17

Great story! The narration is well done with identifying voices for each character. you won't want to miss this enchanting story and you'll learn more about race in America.

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a History Obscured

  • By Cynthia on 09-18-16

Fantastic

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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: 06-16-17

Great detail and wonderful vignettes make this a tale of US history that is not to be missed.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,029

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

Deeply touching

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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: 04-26-17

Narration was fabulous. Made me feel as though I was there every moment. Really enjoyed the inner monologue of the main character. This story will change how you view people that appear to come from different backgrounds.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,999

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

wow! moving 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: 03-25-17

A scientific topic that is woven into an amazing story of a family's tragic loss of their mother and how their lives progress in parallel to the scientific discovery that was taking place all due to their mother's cells.

  • Drift

  • The Unmooring of American Military Power
  • By: Rachel Maddow
  • Narrated by: Rachel Maddow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half the National Debt?

  • By Dolf on 04-07-12

can't miss!

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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: 02-06-17

Rachel tells the sordid history of our military and gives her suggestions for correcting our course.

  • Writing My Wrongs

  • Life, Death, and One Man's Story of Redemption in an American Prison
  • By: Shaka Senghor
  • Narrated by: Shaka Senghor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 394

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Inspiration

  • By Max on 03-15-16

powerful

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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: 10-10-16

thank you, Shaka, for sharing your very powerful insights into your world . we can learn so much from you and your struggles. hopefully, we will change the way we treat those who have had similar lives incarcerated.

  • Michelle Obama

  • A Life
  • By: Peter Slevin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly written but she's still an impressive woman

  • By Book and art lover on 04-25-16

interesting - nice tribute

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

This is an interesting take on MO and a nice tribute to the many who helped shape her. a little too much on her husband late in the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pit Bull

  • The Battle over an American Icon
  • By: Bronwen Dickey
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed - beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and TV's Little Rascals - come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th-century New York City dogfighting pits - the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA - to early 20th-century movie sets where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The definitive argument about pitbulls

  • By D'Anne Witkowski on 06-23-16

great dogs, people - not so sure.

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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: 08-31-16

great testament to our loving companions. explains the depths of our stupidity as humans in portraying one group or another as "less than" keeps repeating for centuries. when will we as a species learn that only when our kin have what they need, then we will have plenty?

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • America's Original Sin

  • Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
  • By: Jim Wallis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. "It's time we right this unacceptable wrong", says best-selling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raced in America - so true!

  • By Michanne on 04-11-16

Raced in America - so true!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Wallis writes honestly and from experience. The phrase, "raced is America," hit home for me. His writing has a unique quality that takes a bit of getting used to, however once you do, he's even more poignant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful