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Michael Gayle

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  • The Gift of Fear

  • Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
  • By: Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by: Thomas Stechschulte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Gavin de Becker is our nation's best-known expert on the prediction and management of violence. In The Gift of Fear, de Becker draws on his extensive expertise to shatter the myth that most violent acts are random and unpredictable, but rather usually have discernible motives and are preceded by clear warning signs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary book, everyone should own/read

  • By Rolie Jaye on 18-10-17

<br /><br />Fear is a gift

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Reviewed: 23-05-19

Great to listen to and so informative. Gave me a greater understanding of my own intuition and more importantly why I should trust it !!!!!

  • Assata

  • By: Assata Shakur, Angela Davis - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sirena Riley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 61
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    5 out of 5 stars 58
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    5 out of 5 stars 59

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list. Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white State Trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an important read

  • By anna on 19-05-18

Great Insight of the oppression .

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Reviewed: 23-04-19

This book showed the pressure that was implemented upon the people who fought for change.

  • Auschwitz

  • A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
  • By: Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator), Miklos Nyiszli
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capacity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-04-18

Harrowing

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Reviewed: 13-03-18

A great insight from a personal perspective to events that has scared the world !

  • 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 2,240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

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

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Reviewed: 13-02-18

Good insight from a black female perspective, the author's mixture of personal experiences and how they fit into daily life

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  • The World's War

  • By: David Olusoga
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Every major battle fought on the Western Front, from the First Battle of Ypres to the Second Battle of the Marne, was fought by Allied armies that were multi-racial and multi-ethnic. Yet from the moment the guns fell silent the role of non-white soldiers was forgotten. The World's War brings to life the searing experiences of the hundreds of thousands of non-white troops whose bravery contributed to the final Allied victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Michael Gayle on 28-01-18

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Reviewed: 28-01-18

Great knowledge that was shared in this book and found it really good to listen too.

  • The Book of Harlan

  • By: Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best reads ever

  • By Michael Gayle on 14-12-17

One of the best reads ever

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Reviewed: 14-12-17

Absolutely fantastic, gripping, superbly written all I can do is fully recommend this book. A must read/listen!!!!

  • Black and British

  • A Forgotten History
  • By: David Olusoga
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 240
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    5 out of 5 stars 216
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    5 out of 5 stars 214

David Olusoga's Black and British is a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and timely book

  • By Elaine & Edward Jackson on 01-01-17

Found History

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Reviewed: 29-11-17

Really good read, so informative, highlighting how Britain is so connected to different parts of the world

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,402
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,029
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,005

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Great to listen to !!!<br />I fully recommend this book

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Reviewed: 20-10-17

Loved it fully recommend this book as it is gripping , funny and a inspirational

  • Chavs

  • The Demonization of the Working Class
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

In this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from 'salt of the earth' to 'scum of the earth.' Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A really good listen, and do right in many ways

  • By Mr on 07-04-17

War On The Poor

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Reviewed: 07-09-17

More evidence of how the 1% control and influence the 99% of the population and sustain the status quo!!!!!

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  • The Establishment

  • And How They Get Away With It
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Won't do your blood pressure any good....

  • By Colin on 11-04-17

The Hidden Truth

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Reviewed: 17-08-17

Great, refreshing alternative to right wing spin. Power to the people!!!!!

To for the masses to wake up !!!!!