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  • Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

  • By: Debby Irving
  • Narrated by: Debby Irving
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A serious read for those who strive to improve

  • By Melissa Hooker on 04-23-17

Eye-opening!

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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: 08-14-18

Patiently leads to awareness through personal experience and insight, with thought-provoking questions and suggestions. I loved this important book.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111,208
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 110,676

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I just struggle to enjoy a nonfiction

  • By Denise , Greg & Brandon Stillman on 03-20-18

insightful, profane and heartwarming

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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: 06-14-18

Ten years ago I toured South Africa with a group of educators. Enlightening.to spend ten days in this country but my time there left me with more questions than I started with. This personal narrative of a boy’s adventures provides an insight I didn’t appreciate before.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,893

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • don't get the hype

  • By emankcin on 07-01-18

I want to listen again!

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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: 05-01-18

I need to hear some books twice—first for the story and next for the message. For me, a story that is both engrossing and enlightening is worth the time. I want to take a closer look at the minor characters (my generation) next hearing. I’m eager to get back to this book!

  • I'm Judging You

  • The Do-Better Manual
  • By: Luvvie Ajayi
  • Narrated by: Luvvie Ajayi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives - from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good advice for all--adults, that is .

  • By anniep on 03-18-18

Good advice for all--adults, that is .

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

If you care about our world, our values, and how we treat one another, this book is for you! I am 75+ years old and this book was written for a far younger age group. I listened to learn more about the world as my grandchildren in their 20's experience it. Very helpful! I didn't like the profanity, but the author expresses herself well otherwise, with stories and examples to make her points. She narrates with enthusiasm for her subject and if you're honest, you'll feel "judged" at least once.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,643

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Everything I expected!

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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

I was not disappointed—characters, plot, and narration merge into great entertainment. I listened twice, it’s a bit complicated. The unfamiliar names were somewhat challenging but part of the scene. A satisfying read and re-read!

  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,522

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Brilliance

  • By Vanessa on 02-08-07

I highly recommend this 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: 10-27-17

Most stages of most relationships will benefit by trying these strategies. Dr Chapman's narration is upbeat and encouraging. We're looking at 59 years together (many of them very tough), but this book gave us new insight. Thanks!