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  • Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 753

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

  • By Ross Clark on 10-07-18

Compelling

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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: 19-10-18

This book was extremely interesting and thought provoking. As an Australian, I had no idea about this history of England. Very well argued and enlightening. Highly recommended read.

  • Life and Times of Michael K

  • By: J M Coetzee
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a South Africa torn by civil war, Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. Life and Times of Michael K goes to the centre of human experience - the need for an interior, spiritual life, for some connections to the world in which we live, and for purity of vision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine book, engagingly read.

  • By SG4 on 13-09-17

Must Read

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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: 17-10-18

This book deals with those who are sidelined in society, but which society still wants to dictate how they should live. This book also idealises nature as a place which continues regardless and a place which can rejuvenate people. Shame and self determination are dominant themes. Hard to put down and a great read.

  • Zeitoun

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and horrifying

  • By Lynn Stevenson on 25-04-10

A must read

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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: 15-10-18

This book is amazing! Very sad, but relevant to everyone. A book about corrupt politics and how anyone’s lives can abruptly change. Great real life perspectives and it’s hard to stop reading.

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Page Turner

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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: 13-10-18

This story was a page turner, dealing with very current political concerns in Britain. I have some hesitations about the passive ideologies presented in this book. A faint scream of men’s rights groups and the #notallmen movement can be discerned from this book. The way in which race is presented seem to be a stereotype and should be rethought.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I love this book. Unfortunately the narrator is definitely wrong for the story. The narrator should fit the protagonist- a young American female. Still a great read!

  • Gender Trouble

  • Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
  • By: Judith Butler
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past 50 years, Judith Butler's Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, "essential" notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category "woman" and continues in this vein with examinations of "the masculine" and "the feminine." Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to follow

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-18

Difficult to follow

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

You need to have engaged with academic theories of sexuality and gender to understand this text. Though I have done this, I still struggled to follow this text and felt it was unnecessarily difficult to follow. I found the narration jarring and too fast.

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