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  • The Counter-Revolution of 1776

  • Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
  • By: Gerald Horne
  • Narrated by: Larry Herron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity. But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British. In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revelation, a paradigm shift and a new view

  • By Diana Black Kennedy on 03-28-18

Europe creates racism in America

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

A whole new perspective regarding the motivations and causes for the American experiment. Must read for anyone interested in the reasons for racism in this country. it appears it was unavoidable given the machinations of the European powers of the time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Struggle

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut is an infectious, reflective memoir - a lyrical saga of surviving the crack-stricken streets of Baltimore in the '80s. Son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates - a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history - Ta-Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting glimpse into a life so unlike my own

  • By Stacey on 01-26-15

I wasn't expecting a bio but got over it soon.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

I had just finished listening to The New Jim Crow, which was more a general history of mass incarceration and expected somewhat the same in this book. I was, at first, nonplused at the first person dialog, but was soon enjoying a Goff story that I related to on many levels.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thinblade

  • Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142

When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended two thousand years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the beginning...the series gets better!

  • By Jason on 02-07-15

Death appears to be the answer to everything

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

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

Sure. It's not a bad story. The characters beyond Alexander, the main character, could use a bit more depth. It goes a lot into what he's thinking, but the other characters have no depth or purpose without him.

Would you be willing to try another book from David A. Wells? Why or why not?

Sure. I've read the story before. I knew it's flaws, but it's a good story with a rich universe. Heavy on the detail of the world around the characters, just not a lot of depth in the characters themselves.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Nothing in particular. It was a good performance simply because I could get into the story without having to consider the reader at all. I was into the book, not into who was reading it and how that affected my opinion of the book.

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

No.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Faith of the Fallen

  • Sword of Truth, Book 6
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: John Kenneth
  • Length: 30 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822

A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get Sam T.

  • By wyatt edwards on 06-29-17

A political diatribe

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

Reviewed: 12-19-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book unless you are a consummate Ayn Rand fan and a devotee to objectivism. It goes on an on about how the individual and their personal wants are more important than the community and that anyone who sees a different perspective was either stupid or ignorant. The "hero" miraculously overcomes all the issues that poor people have been oppressed with in the empire without explaining HOW it's done attempting to give the impression that if the poor were so lazy they could overcome all their problems. It's about as condescending a book I've ever read.

What could Terry Goodkind have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not turned it into a vehicle to rant his political views.

What aspect of John Kenneth’s performance would you have changed?

Mr. Kenneth's performance didn't appear to have any issues that I could see.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. I am not into obviously biased political diatribes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Citadel

  • Troy Rising, Book Two
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great story, with new characters

  • By Colin on 06-01-11

If you're REALLY bored

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The pompous attitude of the United States characters and the deeming of other nations seemed to have no purpose at all. Should have named it "The US Saves the World!"

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ringo again?

If this is a sampling, I doubt it very much.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Boyett’s performances?

With a bit better production value, I'd have no objections.

Any additional comments?

The characters were too simplistic. The bad guys were incredibly stupid and the good guys had EVERYTHING fall they're way. I was amazed that the Rangora Empire had the intelligence to find their way to a gate let alone the capacity to create ships to get to one and they were supposed to be some kind of leader in the galactic scheme of things. It's incredibly predictable and no intelligent reader can at any time believe that the US, not Earth, but the US, was going to lose any battle. Apparently without the United States and the capitalistic system the world would have fallen to the mealy mouthed actions of all the other cowardly states of the world.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful