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    • A Question of Freedom

    • A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
    • By: Reginald Dwayne Betts
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    At the age of 16, R. Dwayne Betts - a good student from a lower-middle-class family - carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. A bright young kid, he served his nine-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts's years in prison, reflecting back on his crime, and looking ahead to how his experiences and the books he discovered while incarcerated would define him. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Blind: A Memoir

    • By: Belo Miguel Cipriani
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends. Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting, Moving... and yet...

    • By Daryl on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $11.19

    • Stand Tall

    • Fighting for My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring
    • By: Dewey Bozella
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the late 1970s, Dewey Bozella was wrongfully accused of murdering Emma Crapser, a 92-year-old resident of Poughkeepsie, New York. Sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, Bozella fiercely maintained his innocence throughout his ordeal at Sing Sing and even refused the prosecutor's offer of instant freedom in exchange for admission of guilt. But in 2009, more than a quarter century later, Dewey Bozella would reclaim his identity and his humanity when his conviction was vacated.

    • Fighting for My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring
    • By: Dewey Bozella
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 12-06-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $21.67

    • All God's Dangers

    • The Life of Nate Shaw
    • By: Theodore Rosengarten
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Nate Shaw's father was born into slavery. Nate was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton and plowing behind a mule. This triumphant autobiography, All God's Dangers, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plainspoken story of an "over average" man who witnessed momentous changes in the lives of Southern people, black and white, and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as a book can be!

    • By Anonymous User on 04-04-18

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Fermented Man

    • A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution
    • By: Derek Dellinger
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage - and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger would eat or drink only products that had been created by microbes. Exploring the vast world of fermentation, Dellinger became the living embodiment of its cultural and nutritional power - he became the Fermented Man.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Final chapter says it all

    • By Patrick Haywood on 06-21-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life

    • By: Gerald Martin
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    In his novels and short stories, Gabriel García Márquez has transformed the particulars of his own life and the lives of his fellow Colombians into wondrous fiction. While telling the story of the sloppily dressed, skinny young man who rose from obscurity as a provincial journalist to international fame as the progenitor of a new literature, Gerald Martin also considers the tensions in García Márquez's life between celebrity and the personal quest for literary quality, between politics and writing, and between the seductions of power, solitude, and love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great content, somewhat disappointing narrator.

    • By Seth on 01-08-13

    Regular price: $26.96

    • Scratch

    • Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
    • By: Manjula Martin
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Robin Eller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It's an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting thoughts on the business of writing...

    • By Wendi_P on 04-12-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Thelonious Monk

    • The Life and Times of an American Original
    • By: Robin DG Kelley
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 41

    Thelonious Monk is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist's struggle to "make it" without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the 20th century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of "bebop" and establishing Monk as one of America's greatest composers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The definitive bio of Monk

    • By ricardo on 12-27-17

    Regular price: $48.99

    • No Excuses

    • Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams
    • By: Marcus Brotherton, Derrick Coleman Jr.
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In this inspirational memoir, Derrick Coleman, Jr., the Seattle Seahawks fullback who won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seahawks in his second year in the NFL, relates his inspirational story of hard work and determination in his own words. Showcasing his unlikely and challenging journey to become the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL, he talks about overcoming internal and external obstacles in the course of reaching your true potential.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Inspirational & honest!

    • By Kari Piazza on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $26.59

    • The Story of Motown

    • By: Peter Benjaminson, Greil Macus - foreword
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In January 1959, Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and founded the Detroit-based record company that in less than a decade was to become the largest black-owned business in the United States. It also became one of the most productive and influential producers of popular music anywhere in the world. The Story of Motown is the story of Berry Gordy's triumph over powerful, established financial interests, entrenched popular taste, bigotry, and racism.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Check Your Facts

    • By Marie on 11-24-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Road to Burgundy

    • The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France
    • By: Ray Walker
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that he couldn't stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery - with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiring story: I wish he'd learn some humility!

    • By Desmond on 12-15-14
    • The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France
    • By: Ray Walker
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 07-11-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 231 ratings

    Regular price: $25.86