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Goldie Horne

London, England
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  • 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 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

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

An Educational Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Memorable facts - the narrator was clear and concise. Also he distinguished the clash of class within the British Society.

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  • Ghosts of Empire

  • Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
  • By: Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Narrated by: Elliot Levey, Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The British Empire was the creation of a tremendous outpouring of energy and opportunism, when the British were at their most self-confident, and the wealth they gathered was prodigious. At its heart lay a sense of the rectitude of the British way of life, meted out to vast swathes of the rest of the world without let or hindrance. Yet, as this book explains, the empire was not formed by coherent policy, and its decline reflected this.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good addition to the history of empire

  • By Marcus on 12-04-12

Educationally Rewarding

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-18

I enjoyed listening to this rewarding book - how the British ruled under Imperialism and colonialism. This book took me by surprise on aspects that occurred during the British ruled government the British Empire regions. The narrative was given indepth information and factual events that occurred during the time of British imperialism - a class structured control. The narrative was slightly fast therefore would need to re-run some of the chapters to get a good understanding of the occurences that took place.

  • The Good Immigrant

  • By: Nikesh Shukla - editor
  • Narrated by: Nikesh Shukla, Varaidzo, Chimene Suleyman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 184

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Cecilia M. on 12-02-18

Educational narratives<br />

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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: 29-12-17

I did not know what to expect, and was surprised by the stories and experience of being an immigrant in England. Manny of the aspects resembled my upbringing and the obstacles of being an citizen living in England. This was so far reaching of the truth of racial discrimination - an educational insight of immorality of colour. I will definitely recommend this book to friends and family. A compulsory read for all young and old.

  • 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 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

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

Gripping and brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-17

Much more than bare history - it's the human encounters and the injustice towards people of colour. The author has taken time to research the past and the present systemic epidemic of racism to the core of White Supremacy determine to play identity politics. This book depicts the race agenda that flows in all sectors that has not entirely been openly addressed. This book is educational as well as being factual without bias. A book that should be part of the education curriculum to young as well as the old who have an open mind towards the eradication of Racism.

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  • The Wind in the Reeds

  • A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken
  • By: Wendell Pierce, Rod Dreher
  • Narrated by: Wendell Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much learned

  • By Goldie Horne on 11-03-17

So much learned

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

A much enjoyed narrative of New Orleans - the gathering of historic artefacts and the emergence of jazz music and iconic musicians all piled into this story that touches the soul of the injustice and disinformation of past history of its creation.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

An mind opening

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I began listening to this book and found it difficult to shut off - enthusiastic to find out what installed in the next chapter. Although classified as fiction, there are resemblances of facts. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - it kept me hooked.

  • The Good Soldier

  • By: Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The Good Soldier is a story about the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples - one English, one American - and the growing awareness of American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian façade. It is Dowell’s attitude - his puzzlement, uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration - that makes the book so powerful and mysterious. In Ford’s brilliantly woven tale, nothing is quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilled and exciting

  • By Goldie Horne on 09-02-17

Thrilled and exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

This was narrated very well and kept me gripped. A book I will not forget in a hurry

  • Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

  • By: Craig Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Stephen Crossley, Sartaj Garewell, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tired of London? I don't think so.

  • By tules on 23-12-12

So thrilling and entertaining

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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: 07-02-17

So much that I was unaware of - the stories are so addictive and the narrative is clear and interesting

  • The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

  • By: Kenneth P. Vickery, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century.By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and Highly Informative

  • By Jonathan on 28-08-14

Greater understanding of Africa's transformation

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I have yet to complete this fascinating book. I have to go back on some of the chapters to understand clearly on what I missed. The myth of history has distorted my mind thinking but by listening to this author gives a clearer and precise outlook on the past events that transformed Africa dynasty.

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