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  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,255

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Yes, buy it. Right now.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

In a genre where the reader is open to compromise literary merit and even suspend disbelief to enjoy the genre highlights of gritty reality and anti hero characterization, IQ miraculously treads new ground. You get the highlights without compromise but what makes the book true magic is the powerful statement about the human condition. This statement is delivered through a unique voice from a previously silent minority but yet speaks to the universal question of nature vs. nurture that should concern any thinking person.

It is a triumph. Simultaneously revealing the constricting and determinative nature of inner city realities while refusing to make easy excuses for the violent actors therein. This ultimately leaves the reader with literature’s ultimate prize, an entertaining but thought-provoking experience whose story and message will carry on.

Thank you Mr. Ide.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,156

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Essential, enjoyable reading

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

As an attorney it was difficult to go through some of the main legal portions of the book because they simply strayed too far from reality for the sake of the story.

Ultimately this was a small price to pay to enjoy a truly literary and affecting work.

I would recommend this book unequivocally if you're thinking at all about reading it don't hesitate and don't give up on the story the payoffs and the insides are well worth your time.

  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An essential read. A horrifying reality.

  • By Jeremy on 04-28-12

Essential to responsible citizenship

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Even as veteran of the criminal justice system I found my ignorance laid bare and assumptions debunked by this essential masterpiece of social criticism.

The mass incarceration of its citizens is the most pressing problem in the US & this book not only documents the issue but points the way forward.

  • Merchants of Doubt

  • How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
  • By: Erik M. Conway, Naomi Oreskes
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature

  • By Roger on 01-23-11

Great performance of important work

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

A real education that not only demystifies the science deniers claims but also opens a window to their real motivations.
Can be hard to listen to how grave the situation with our environment is, but we all need to face that reality if we are to save our species.

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,700

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-13

Please ignore those who have not read the book!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

Any additional comments?

This is an important work. Please ignore those who say "skeptical" without reading it. For example one reviewer claims he is confused as to why Dairy is not recommended. Well, it is. He also cites a book about cholesterol being healthy, which is a fact the book concurs with. I would not be surprised if that review was someone just working for the competing "diet book."
As someone who read the book and followed the food recommendations I can attest they are life altering. I am below my high school weight and my mind is sharper than it has been in years.
The book explains, with medical research to back it, why common foods are harmful not only for your body generally but to your brain specifically. The sad truth is there are monied interests wanting us to keep eating grains, carbs and "low fat" processed goods and that is the only reason these harmful foods are even around.
Can't live without "carbs," Wrong. I can barely live with the fact I have been eating carbs all this time.
If you are scanning reviews, please read this book and listen to the science. You will be convinced and if you follow the food ideas you will be transformed.
The more people that do the sooner the carb industry can become extinct.

177 of 191 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,904

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

Download it now-- Amazing Start for a Series

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Anyone interested in noir or crime.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tough without spoilers. Bar scene with circus people sticks with you though...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you are thinking of getting into this series, do it. The characters and writing are excellent and represent some of the best in the noir genre. New Orleans makes a great backdrop and the author makes the most of it while avoiding stereotypes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful