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  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • thin characterizations, focus on fights and battle

  • By jessica on 09-04-12

Great Listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

truly enjoyed the book as a date book with my wife look forward to going through the next four together with her.

  • 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 99,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,701
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,274

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
  • just ok

  • By Bluebird on 01-29-18

Thank You Trevor

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Amazing story, incredible life and a testament to a remarkable woman.
Thank You For Reading.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,480

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

400 Year Head Start Squandered

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Reviewed: 10-11-16

As a person of color and first generation college during the age of affirmative action debates, I am shocked to silence. During these debates I often wondered out loud how my white peers could be first generation college. My grandparents were brutally opressed and enslaved for 400 years, what did their grandparents do with a 400 year head start, that was my question to my peers. In truth I never received an adequate answer. Thanks to White Trash I am in a better position to understand their struggles to rise in the face of class warfare. Now I understand the visceral response to Clinton and Sarah Palin. Now i understand why so many whites hate affirmative action, becuase it tries to remedy the effects of slavery and oppression for ex-slaves while confining the mobility of poor whites, or so it would appear.

This is a must read book for all humanity, especially for those who are the offspring of former slaves. Having an understanding of class in America will help you understand that we have more in common with our poor white brothers than we would like to admit, mainly the reality that we have all been mislead.

369 of 401 people found this review helpful

  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,468

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An essential read. A horrifying reality.

  • By Jeremy on 04-28-12

On behalf of humanity, thank you Michelle.

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Reviewed: 10-06-16

As young human living in the Bay Area, I intuitively knew the deck was stacked against me and all those who looked like me. Thank you Michelle Alexander for Illuminating the very nature of our nations parasitic and perverted system of justice.

To think in my juvenile rebellion against this system I unwittingly played their game. I, like the others in my hood, acted out the roles displayed on TV and the movies eventually landing me in jail. While in jail I realized my juvenile rebellion, subsequent jail time, and fines were feeding the very parasites I was rebelling against. Unbeknownst to me these same parasites are feeding on poor whites as well, and pitting us against each other.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ishmael

  • An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
  • By: Daniel Quinn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736

Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man's place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. "Does the earth belong to man?" Ishmael asks. "Or does man belong to the earth?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged PLEASE!

  • By Eric on 01-12-08

Most enjoyable listen, worthy of the purchase.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Based upon the strong recommendation of a friend sought out Ishmael and i am glad i found him. A simple story with a timely message, this is a worthy book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Count

  • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
  • By: Tom Reiss
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth more unbelivable than fiction

  • By Jean on 01-27-13

Remarkable

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Reviewed: 08-06-16

This is simply an absolutely incredible story. Thank you for bringing thîs fascinating story of the achievements to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful