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  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important book

  • By Jane on 01-27-10

a must have book

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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: 07-26-18

Before listening to this book, I knew little about the Stasi on East Berlin. I was vaguely aware that there had been secret police and that some bad things had happened. Stasiland is a brilliant look inside the world of the Stasi, examined from both the side of the perpetrators and the victims. At times this line becomes blurry, at others it is a stark wall that separates a city. The insights that one can glean from this book are as relevant today as they were painful then. In truth, Stasiland is as much a book about the goings on of the secret police of the GDR as it is about peoples abilities to inflict and heal from state sponsored trauma. The contemporary parallels are profoundly frightening.

  • 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 4,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,227

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

must read book

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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: 02-03-18

Zinn undertook a massive project when writing this book and he knocked it out of the park. The result is a semechronological history if the US from the perspectice of those living it, rather than those ruling it. never has there been a time in US history when this book is more valuable.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,139

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Lonely boy in the future lists 80s references

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

overall the book was interesting in that the world is unique and interesting. however this tempored by the fact that the main character takes little interest in the world. he is instead content to live inside his own brooding, self loathing. as a protagonist he is unlikable. character development aside the story failed to grip me until the last third of the book, which is good. the first two thirds of the book is slow and consists mostly of either lists of things the author likes or explanations of these lists. the effect is an underwhelming lesson in 80s pop culture. if you are obsessed with the 1980s and fan pandering you will love this book, but if you are looking for compelling story telling you will be disappointed.