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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,152

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Phenomenal

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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: 02-15-19

The author is also the reader. It was phenomenal! Her tone of voice moved with the story. This was just over an hour long, but it was filled with memorable moments from her time living above a city library as a child. It was a very enjoyable tale, even with the ups and downs of life.

  • Running for My Life

  • One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
  • By: Lopez Lomong
  • Narrated by: Brandon Hirsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and Inspirational

  • By AudioAddict on 08-29-13

A Must Read

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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: 02-15-19

Wow! This is an amazing story of a child who could have had a hard but happy life with his family. Instead, he was stolen by rebels, and his whole world changed forever.

This man, no matter what life threw at him, he gave thanks to God. His faith is overwhelming, inspiring, and unfailing. What an amazing man!

I recommend this for everyone.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,206

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

It started slow, but it grew on me

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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: 02-01-19

It started slow, and I was confused by the various characters, but then it started to flow when the little girl entered the house. From then one, the story and characters and events flowed.

  • White Fragility

  • Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • By: Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 981

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to "bad people" (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

I wanted to like it, but ...

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I found "The Hate U Give" and "You Can't Touch My Hair" more informative about how to be a better anti-racist ally.

For me, this book was too scientific for too long. Over 90% of it was convincing the white reader that they are racist. Okay, got it less than 1/2 way through. So, how do I counteract my racism according to the author: "research it, there's a lot of resources." Ummm... sure, but that is what I thought I was doing when I read this book.

Part of my problem with this book is that I had amazingly wonderful anti-racism trainers when I took ERACCE training in Michigan. It's a training like this woman speaks of, except, I found it much more helpful. The trainers were relatable. This woman seems too stiff and strict to make one WANT to be an anti-racist ally.

When she finally did get to some things we can do, she never mentioned that our voting matters. This was part of my anti-racism training. It is not good enough that I work to end racism where ever in my life I am able (home, school, work, etc.), but also to vote for people who will work to end our nation's systemic racism that impact our justice, education, and housing systems (just to name a few). Also, that we need to belong to groups that want to work on anti-racism. Community is vital to this endeavor, and the book only talks about the individual.

I can see the value in some of this text, but I won't recommend it as a resource without several caveats: Too scientific, too much time on convincing white folks they are racist, and no mention of voting or working together with your community to end racism.

If you ever get the chance to take the ERACCE ant-racism training in Kalamazoo, I strongly encourage it. The trainers were relatable and successful in teaching the white people in the room that we are benefiting from white privilege and that we need to use that to fight racism in every possible way.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,930
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,820

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Excellent! Truth through Fiction

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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: 01-31-19

This book was wonderful, exhausting, thrilling, terrifying, heart-warming, insightful, and real. Although it is written as fiction, the situations are real. Starr explains these truths with eloquence and insight.

If this book upset you, we can do something. We can take anti-racism training. We can vote with anti-racism knowledge. We can shop at black owned shops. We can do more. Until black lives do matter, all people do not matter.

I am so excited to hear the author speak! This book was selected by our Public Library as a Community Read. It is a must read book.

On a lighter note, this is why I enjoy books in a series. I enjoyed meeting Starr, her brothers Seven and Sekani, her friend Maya, her boyfriend Chris, her parents and uncle, and the others so much, that I would like to continue reading about them. More please!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53,521
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,215

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Phenomenal Woman!

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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: 01-04-19

Michelle Robinson Obama is a hero. This audio book, read by Michelle, is enthralling. I couldn't wait to get into my car to hear her voice and to be inspired by her continued accomplishments. With every chapter, my respect (which was already great) grew for her.

I'll be honest, I was saddened by the last hour as she listed many of the achievements of her husband's work. He was a president of the people and worked for the people. Following him we have a president for big business, working for only the most wealthy few, and only placing those in his administration who paid to play - no experience needed. All presidents until our current had increasingly diverse leaders in place; the current administration prefers mostly white and mostly male. Representation of the population of the nation does not exist.

And yet Michelle ended the book with optimism. She will not give up hope for a better world. If she can do that, I can too.

Lastly, she mentioned throughout the book asking herself if she was good enough. This most accomplished woman constantly had to think if she was good enough. The problem with this: We are all good enough. She was born good enough.

  • The President's Shadow

  • The Culper Ring Series
  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278

To most it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, DC, he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents...and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the presidency.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It started with a mystery and ended with a whimper

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-15

Kept Me On My Toes

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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: 11-21-18

This was a bit of a thriller, but not too much for me to handle. I enjoyed the various characters, their life story, and the twists and turns along the way.

  • You Can't Touch My Hair

  • And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
  • By: Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams - foreword
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson, John Hodgman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: She's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend", as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn't that...white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. The. Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phoebe, You Rock

  • By Kate on 12-02-16

Outstanding!

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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: 11-11-18

In the last couple of years, I have had some anti-racism training and am working to become more informed. Phoebe's book is an excellent resource to add to the anti-racism library. She uses humor, so this is relatable and easy to understand. No mistaking, she isn't giving the down and dirty details of our very racist laws and the painful things people of color (POC) encounter every single day. She is providing insight into her own life and the difficulties she and her friends and family encounter. I very much appreciate the fact that she would open up and share about this to the world. I pray the world listens, grows, and works to be anti-racist.

Phoebe also deals with women's issues. As a woman, every thing in this book is 100% accurate. Please, we also need to learn to respect women, and ensure we are treated with equality, equity, and justice, no less so than all people of color and LGBTQiA. And yes, she also spoke up about LGBTQiA. Her words and compassion are vital to make this world a better place.

I so appreciate your voice, her perspective, and the way in which she speaks to these real work, every day concerns. At the same time, she gives credit for the progress that has been made and the people in this world who know and understand and work to make all of our lives of value.

Thank you, Phoebe, for being a voice!!!

  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and funny

  • By Jean on 04-06-17

Worth Past the Tampons

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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: 10-30-18

At first I was a little put off with all of the tampon talk, but it got better after that. Further, because of the generation this book is aimed at, that topic is perfectly relevant. I enjoyed her humor, the love of her cat, her insight into government work, and her fortitude.

I don't have one tenth of her energy, but I can certainly appreciate her skills. Of course, animal lovers have a leg up in my book.

  • Rapid Fire

  • Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Raine's old boyfriend Andy Fontana is back in town...and at the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. With a fortune in diamonds hidden somewhere in the wilderness, several recent acts of eco-terrorism and an unsolved murder laid at Andy's door, the feds turn to Raine Stockton, with her unsurpassed knowledge of the mountains and her reputation as a wilderness tracker, to help bring Andy to justice. The only problem is that Raine still believes Andy is innocent...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like owner like dog..

  • By S. Mitchell on 05-12-16

A Little Heart-Breaking

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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: 10-18-18

A sad and nerve wrecking tail. No dogs in danger during this mystery. Interesting facts about mountain wildlife and forestry. A little heart-breaking, especially with the tearing out of the forest and mountain to be replaced by industry.