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J. Lee

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  • Tears We Cannot Stop

  • A Sermon to White America
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, "Nothing." Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. If we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invite this man in and listen closely

  • By Catherine S. Read on 02-03-17

Heart Rending and 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: 08-17-17

This is tough love. To listen to this book and not avert your eyes and heart, is a difficult thing. Not because the book is not well written, it is, but because it contains some truths that are hard to hear. It is a book that is just what we need in times like these. I think that this is one of those books that should be listened to in addition to being read. The passion and voice of the author bring to life the words he has penned. I hope that recent events give us all pause and lead us to reevaluate our beliefs and actions. We have come a long way but we are not close yet. Listen to this and start the conversations, it is time.

  • The King of California

  • J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire
  • By: Mark Arax, Rick Wartzman
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

J. G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions, and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields". The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s, drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book about the southern San Joaquin

  • By Alice H on 05-03-15

This history of my homeland was very interesting!

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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: 01-25-16

hearing a history of the small valley i call home was a real treat. well written and well read

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stress Test

  • Reflections on Financial Crises
  • By: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Narrated by: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Credible analysis of the 2008 crisis

  • By Neuron on 09-02-15

Under the hood of an over the top crisis

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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: 02-15-15

A very interesting blow by blow narrative of the the last Great Recession. Mr. Geithner's unique positions, before during and after the crisis, allow him to give his side of the story. Whether or not you believe that his take is an unbiased telling, will likely be determined by you own political leanings. Never the less, one cannot help but gain a greater appreciation of the magnitude of the financial earthquake we all so recently lived through. As a recovering conservative, I felt his take was likely closer to the truth than anything we heard from the press. The counterintuitive methods used during the crisis seemed to ring true as well. History seems to be telling us that our natural instincts in an emergency are usually wrong, and the opposite course of the knee jerk reaction is a better way. I recommend this book to all, both conservative and liberal. It is always better to get the other side of the story whether you believe it or not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,351

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Look again from a fdifferent angle.

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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: 10-26-13

Malcolm Gladwell is a genius. He looks at life from a different angle and gives us the ability to do the same. Good is bad. Weak is strong. Last is first. Believe it. Don't think that blond hair and blues eyes is the E-ticket. Listen to this book and you will know, you have a better chance than you thought.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • At Home

  • A Short History of Private Life
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful Bryson

  • By Tina on 10-23-10

People put up with a lot of bad stuff in the past!

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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: 10-26-13

Wow! We live in a great time. There were no, "good old days" . I thank god we did not live in the days of old, with all of the terrible things people took for granted back then. Read this book and you will be 79% happier about your life today than you were before you listened to it. Trust me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,209

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

  • By Sean on 05-13-04

Fill your brain before you go to another party.

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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: 10-26-13

Wow! Facts, facts, fact, Listen to this three time and you may be a genius. At least you will be a respected know it all. So much information in so little time. Amazing!

  • The Men Who United the States

  • America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. Introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Winchester tells us the history of America

  • By KathrynVB on 10-16-14

A little slow but worth sticking it out.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

The characters are unknown to many and little remembered in history but one comes away with a deep appreciation of the greatness of our country and it's amazing people. Another great history of our of the USA from a different angle.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration, But...

  • By Henny Button on 09-18-10

Fill your brain with great stuff.

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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: 10-26-13

Sam Kean does an excellent job of making a mountain of information interesting and engaging. I think I will listen to this book three times and still not get everything in it. If you want to stretch your brain, this is the gym you need to go to.

  • The Reason I Jump

  • The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
  • By: Naoki Higashida
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but left me skeptical

  • By JoAnn on 06-25-14

just Amazing!

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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: 10-26-13

Anybody who knows or is involved with a child with autism must listen to this book. A beautiful look from inside out in the most simple and clear terms one can imagine. Please get this book an listen to it with care.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Restless Giant

  • The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore
  • By: James T. Patterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Restless Giant provides a crisp, concise assessment of the 27 years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W. Bush, in a sweeping narrative that seamlessly weaves together social, cultural, political, economic, and international developments.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Soon? Maybe, but still a good listen

  • By J. Lee on 08-15-13

Too Soon? Maybe, but still a good listen

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

Reviewed: 08-15-13

History is best looked at from a great distance. We are still so close to these events that political passions can sway our opinions. Mr. Patterson does a fine job of chronicling this most recent period of our history, but I could not help but notice that he had a horse in the race. I am not saying that it is a bad thing or a good thing but that it just is. He may be a little too proud of his progressive cohorts, but I suppose he can't be blamed for that that. Having noted that, I enjoyed the book very much. Anybody who loves history will enjoy it as well.
The author touches on most of the important events during the period. The Nixon episode is very interesting. Every time I hear about it from a different angle I get just a bit better understanding of it. This book also shines a revelatory light on our world just before everything changed after 9/11. That alone made it worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful