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  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Flagrant Racism Posing as Social Justice

  • By Joaquin on 11-09-18

It's certainly interesting...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Any additional comments?

What I can say is that this book was certainly interesting to listen to. Ms. Eddo-Lodge begins by detailing Britain's involvement in the black slavery of the past; a period that I have been meaning to learn more about, and she provides a good introduction that has convinced me to learn more. I was surprised, though, to find that the British blockade of western Africa was left out, which I thought was a shame. As the chapters continue, she covers such topics as police brutality and white privilege in occupations, education, and the law; topics which are also covered by writers such as Malcolm Gladwell in his book, "Blink". Unlike Malcolm Gladwell, however, she does not give any suggestion of potential solutions. There is only one reference to this, in the last chapter, where she claims that we are so far away from the solution that there is no point in discussing what could prove racism's final death... Personally, I look forward to names being removed from job and university applications, to account for any gender and race biases... I much prefer when a writer, who identifies a problem, will then suggest ways to rectify it. Ms. Eddo-Lodge does not do this, which unfortunately, is a little reminiscent of those who make there money by identifying these injustices; the permanent removal of which would not necessarily be in their best interests...Overall, the book was interesting, and her reading of it was easy to listen to, despite some intentional mispronunciations of words, which I didn't really understand the purpose of. It should keep your interest even if you do not agree with the things that she is saying, and I would certainly suggest it for anyone. As is suggested by the very title, it seems that Ms. Eddo-Lodge is under the impression that white people either won't or can't understand what it is to be black, and so it would be interesting to see her in a debate with individuals such as Candace Owens, Larry Elder, or Tommy Sotomayor. Appreciatively, they are Americans and so will have had different experiences, but still...

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp/Funny/Loaded

  • By nicholas on 31-12-17

Milo does not disappoint.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

Would you listen to Dangerous again? Why?

'Dangerous' is a brilliant interpretation of the way that Milo sees modern identity politics, and why 'everyone hates him'. Not only is he superbly eloquent in his writing of the book, but his performance, in narrating is so so funny.

What does Milo Yiannopoulos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

First off, the way he reads the book is obviously how he intended it to be read, which just adds so much to it, but he is also able to maintain your attention with his humour in diverting from the text, to comment on how 'wonderful' his choice of words are (as an example).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You will find yourself laughing out loud at some of Milo's comments (or boiling over with anger... I assume) but he makes some very good points about issues that are very difficult to speak about. Get this audiobook, so that you may feel educated, by Milo. XD

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Vote Leave

  • By: Daniel Hannan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hannan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

MEP and award-winning political writer Daniel Hannan argues for a British exit ahead of the coming referendum. Hannan demonstrates that the EU is past its sell-by date, rendered obsolete by technological advances, shrinking economically and less relevant to our economic needs than ever. Worse than that, he shows that the EU can’t reform, can’t be democratic and can’t be divorced from its goal of ever-closer political union.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By aa on 23-10-16

Super interesting read

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Why Vote Leave the most enjoyable?

It is the fact that it is a lot of good information, form a seemingly, very credible source that I like so much. Being of a certain age, everyone around me likes to claim that anyone who voted leave is racist, or at the very least stupid. So, it was nice to listen to someone from the opposite camp, who knows what he's talking about.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I actually had an immediate want to listen to it again, in some kind of attempt to better absorb all of the information.

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

Definitely. Not sure i could, but I would definitely want to.

  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How cool is the narrators accent? Loved it!

  • By Keshnee on 14-04-13

I'm afraid I can't claim to like it.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Would you try another book written by Mark Lawrence or narrated by Joe Jameson?

I'm afraid I can't say I liked this book. I was not a fan of the main character, and found myself rooting for his enemies. Actually following the story, I found quite hard, as it seemed to jump about, across the chapters. And, at the end of a number of chapters, there seemed to be an extra, random paragraph, that seemed to link, just barely (if at all) with the rest of the chapter. Towards the end of the book, I started to detect that it seemed to be for a bit of character development for some of the extras; a task that is achieved adequately in very different ways with other novels.
It almost seemed that the author was trying to make some sort of subtle point, but for the life of me, I could not work out what it was.

What could Mark Lawrence have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It seems presumptuous to suggest improvements for an author to make, as I'm not a writer, but I guess i could say that I would have liked a little bit more description, about the characters, the landscape, what they are actually doing, and what is around them. As it stands, it seems the only descriptions are from the main character, in these brief, inner-monologue 'opinions' that he has, about how much better he is than everyone else.

What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

Jameson's performance was okay. He had a good speaking voice, and was completely understandable. The only real issue is that I have heard better, I'm afraid. It is simple the difference between someone who can convince you that there are a number of different characters talking here, and someone with whom, you're aware it is just them trying to put on a bit of an accent.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-08-11

I thought I had a good grasp of evolution... Superb!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I thought I had a fair grasp of evolution until this book. Dawkins explains just how deep it can go when you are investigating evolution, and he does it using excellent examples that make it simple to understand.
Very well written, & maintains your interest throughout. Highly recommend.