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Cher R. Eaves

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  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

  • Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
  • By: Jack El-Hai
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 466

>In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-07-14

Fascinating study

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This exposition of the notes of the psychiatrist who treated Göring in prison provides a unique perspective on an important piece of the puzzle that is world history. At some cost to himself, the doctor sought to understand what made the man tick. Was the engineer of the holocaust insane? Was he evil? I did not come away with a clear answer, probably because there is no answer. I am glad, however, to have taken the journey. #realhistory #Holocaust #motivation

  • Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

  • By: Pamela Bedore, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Pamela Bedore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Can literature change our real world society? At its foundation, utopian and dystopian fiction asks a few seemingly simple questions aimed at doing just that. Who are we as a society? Who do we want to be? Who are we afraid we might become? When these questions are framed in the speculative versions of Heaven and Hell on earth, you won't find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable and educational audiobook

  • By N. H. on 04-06-17

Great topic well presented

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

Dystopian fiction is my favorite genre, and this lecture series introduced me to many new and old titles that I went on to explore. It also gave me an appreciation for utopian fiction, helping me see that the two genres are not far apart. Best takeaways: Amatka by Karin Tidbeck and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, two extraordinary books I never would have found without this lecture series. #informative #eyeopening #literaturesurvey

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  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,909

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Awesomely original

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

The book exceeded the movie, but it was still an exceptional movie. The characters are entirely believable and relatable. It is thoroughly day after tomorrow. Alexandra Bracken has great skill at verisimilitude. Her descriptions draw the reader into the story, painting a picture that seems familiar but telling a story that has not been told. The tightrope of -I know this place and these people- against -I have never heard of this- is truly compelling. #dayaftertomorrow #dystopia #compelling

  • The Widows of Malabar Hill

  • By: Sujata Massey
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 919

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By hachiko on 02-09-18

A great start

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Sujata Massey gives us a detective story set in India in the time before women could be lawyers. The story of a murder mystery in the home of cloistered Muslim widows exposes the reader to unusual customs and a different way of life. Wonderfully narrated by Soneela Nankani, this tale draws the reader squarely into another time and place. I hope this detective will have more adventures. She could be the next Maisie Dobbs. #amateursleuth #india #strongfemalelead

  • If I Was Your Girl

  • By: Meredith Russo
  • Narrated by: Samia Mounts
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she's determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can't help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing

  • By Ashlee Edwards on 08-06-16

An accessible read on a tough subject

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-11-18

On top of all the other challenges of being a teenager, Amanda used to be Andrew. This story shares the fears, struggles and real danger of growing up in a body that does not conform with your gender identity. Even with parents who make every effort to accept and understand, it is an uphill battle. Meredith Russo helps the reader step into the shoes of this young woman. Hopefully readers will see the lesson that people are people and that acceptance is free and priceless. More rights for trans people does not mean less rights for you- it is not pie. #LGBTQ #verisimilitude #braveworld

  • Farewell to Manzanar

  • By: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp - with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton-twirling lessons, and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation's number-one hit: "Don't Fence Me In".

Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Read for Junior High Students

  • By Stephanie Aguilar on 05-09-17

Know history or repeat it

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

This historical account of American internment camps for Japanese American citizens sugarcoats nothing. A report on one of the most shameful instances of American history, this book underscores the danger of rabid nationalism and bigotry. The perspective is unique because the author was only a child at the time. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This book should be required reading for high school or even middle grade students. #neverforget #internment #history

  • The Delphi Revolution

  • The Delphi Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Eighteen-year-old Anna Morgan is on the run from the very government project that created her abilities. Now they seek to weaponize the gift she doesn’t want and can’t control: the invasion of her mind and her body by spirits, some of whom have their own unusual powers. Her latest “hitcher” is a former top Delphi executive. Unlike Anna’s previous guests, this one has taken over, and he’s on a personal mission of revenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING Audio starts halfway through.

  • By Zach on 10-20-18

Fantastic series

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-11-18

The Delphi Effect was so intriguing that I had to read the whole series. While waiting for this final installment, I also enjoyed the other series by Rysa Walker, a much longer series that I also highly recommend. This story feels so possible, so day after tomorrow. When the text switches to the occasional newsy broadcast, I find myself glancing at the radio to reassure myself that it is still just a story. For now. #rysawalker #greatseries #dayaftertomorrow

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  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

  • By: Eleanor Coerr
  • Narrated by: Elaina Erika Davis
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

For 25 years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was 12. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadako

  • By EmilyA on 04-29-12

Beautiful story

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

Based on a real person, this sweet little tragic tale is beautiful in its simplicity. With no more spoilers than the book jacket, one can say it is refreshing to see that not every sweet story has a happy ending. Lovely depth and texture. #childperspective #tragedy #bittersweet

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's a love/hate thing

  • By Zahai on 02-28-18

Great world and characters in an original tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Chakraborty gives us a fun story that hasn’t been told over and over, about the place where djins and humans interact. The characters are well developed and compelling, moving through a world with texture at times beautiful and other times sinister. I hope there’s more. #chakraborty #magic #djin

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,305

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Great story in a favorite series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The 29th book in the Harry Bosch universe was well worth the wait! Renee Ballard is also growing into a character with staying power. The mystery has typically challenging Michael Connelly twists, and as ever leaves you wanting more.
#harrybosch #policeprocedural #reneeballard