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Barbarina Heyerdahl

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  • The Third Reconstruction

  • How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
  • By: Rev Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II led more than a 100,000 people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. These protests - the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in American history - came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tried to get through it

  • By PeacefulSeeker on 01-18-17

Great book on movement building in these perilous times

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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: 01-22-18

This is one of the best books I’ve read to get an understanding of how we arrived at this political moment in America, and what it will take to transform it. I highly recommend it even if you are a solidly secular person—the message is very inclusive, even for those of us who do not subscribe to a religious faith.

  • Born on Third Base

  • A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good
  • By: Chuck Collins
  • Narrated by: Chuck Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor - all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent analysis of inequality for m America, including its negative impact on the wealthy...along with everyone else.

  • By Barbarina Heyerdahl on 01-11-18

Excellent analysis of inequality for m America, including its negative impact on the wealthy...along with everyone else.

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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: 01-11-18

Rather than a call for class war fare against the 1%, it is an invitation to the wealthy to work to address inequality—including their very own real part in creating and perpetuating it—and work for a more equitable, inclusive, and just country. Although published before the 2016 elections, it couldn’t be more timely. Even if you are not a member of the top wealth owning 1%—or even top 20%—I think this is worth reading for its ideas on building the needed alliances across class to take on the current disastrous system.

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  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

  • By: Laila Lalami
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful stories; narration a bit fast

  • By Barbarina Heyerdahl on 08-25-17

Powerful stories; narration a bit fast

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Powerful stories of immigrant experiences. The narrator was very skillful; however she reads at such a fast clip, and there is so little break between chapters, it was a bit jarring.

  • The Whistling Season

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wordplay

  • By Rick Just on 12-21-06

Enjoyed this book while driving across MT to visit Glacier NP

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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: 08-28-16

My family loved this book as well as the narrator. We have three boys, my husband is a teacher, and I work in politics, so there was much that we resonated with.

The story and characters were very engaging, with enough twists and turns to keep it from being pat and predictable. The author did a great job of establishing a sense of time and place. We particularly enjoyed his insightful descriptions of the dynamics between brothers, classmates in a one room schoolhouse, and adults and children. We liked the main character and narrator Paul as he navigates the challenges of being the oldest of three brothers in a recently motherless household, as well as a 60 something MT superintendent of public schools tasked with closing down the one room school houses that were such a critical part of his own childhood.

The narrator was a delight to listen to: very evocative without being heavy handed. He did a particularly nice job with Doig's many clever and ironic turns of phrase.

This one has me wanting to look up other books by the author as well as other books narrated by this actor.

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,537

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Sadly disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

I was so wanting to like this book as I loved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I just found this book disagreeable & dull. It was an endless and heavy-handed reminder of how sexist, classist, and racist early 20th century England was, without an interesting plot or engaging characters.

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