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  • gilwilson 6:05 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Mandela: An Audio History” By Nelson Mandela 

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    By: Nelson Mandela
    Narrated by: Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Joe Richman
    Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    Release date: 02-05-14
    ©2004 Original Material © 2004-2014 Radio Diaries, Inc. Packaging © 2014 HighBridge Company. (P)2014 2014 Radio Diaries, Inc

    History told through the use of recorded media.  This unique audiobook gives the listener the feel of the times when Mandela was on trial by giving them the actual recording of the trial.  Not only the trial but recordings of speeches from pirate radio broadcasts and secret tapings.

    Overall I would recommend the listener be a little familiar with Nelson Mandela and what he stood for before listening.  The recordings just jump right in and without apologies punch you in the gut with cold hard facts.  In retrospect it’s hard to believe such times could have existed, but looking at some of today’s headlines, it becomes easier to understand how they did and still do.  Hopefully humanity will get over this ignorance, and maybe these recordings can help.

    I found myself completely drawn in to the story unfolding through these recordings.  The emotions are there but not written, rather the emotions come out as the story unfolds and the injustice becomes apparent.  What I appreciated most was that it was just pure facts left for the listener to comprehend and interpret.

    This should be on every high school listening list.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2015

    Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).

    Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa’s turbulent history have gone into the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced.

    Includes a commemorative 32-page booklet featuring historic photos and a complete transcript of the audio program.

    Download the accompanying reference guide.
    ©2004 Original Material © 2004-2014 Radio Diaries, Inc. Packaging © 2014 HighBridge Company. (P)2014 2014 Radio Diaries, Inc.

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  • gilwilson 5:17 PM on December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Finders Keepers” Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy By Stephen King 

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    Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy
    By: Stephen King
    Narrated by: Will Patton
    Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    Published by Simon & Schuster 2015

    Once again Stephen King proves he can write more than just horror.  Retired Detective Bill Hodges, gets another case related to the Mercedes Killer.  It’s funny though, you don’t even hear from Bill Hodges until well into the book, maybe halfway through you finally find what he’s up to.   But that’s what makes this story so good, it stands alone and yet when you, as the reader/listener, hear Hodges make his entry it’s no surprise but a relief that finally someone will help this boy.

    The book is sort of like 3 separate stories that merge into one and become a thriller by the end.   To start out we open with 3 burglars having tied up a famous author, trying to get from him the info on where he stashes his money.  One of the burglars, Morris Bellamy is after more than the money.  The Author, John Rothstein, has written a trilogy which is revered by all (sort of a mix of Salinger and Updike here).  The problem is that Morris Bellamy believes Rothstein ruined the main character in the trilogy.  Bellamy knows Rothstein has written more and is after those stories not just the money.  He murders Rothstein so he can have those stories to himself.

    When Bellamy returns to his hometown (after murdering his partners) he has to hide the cash and notebooks with Rothsteins writings, until things cool down.  Someone who claims to be able to help him move the writings, gets second thoughts and disassociates himself with Bellamy.  This leads Bellamy to go on a drunken blackout bender.  During the blackout he rapes a woman and is thrown into prison for life.

    Jump ahead about 30 years later and Pete Saubers’ father, who was severely injured in the Mr. Mercedes incident (see the book “Mr. Mercedes”) and mother are constantly arguing because due to being injured is not able to work, thus putting the family into financial dire straits.  Pete finds a buried trunk with over Twenty thousand dollars and some Moleskine notebooks with writings from what will soon be his favorite author.

    Pete anonymously sends the money on a monthly basis to his family, and this helps them pull through the tough times with less squabbles.  Everything is going good until his younger sister wants to go to a private school with her friends.  The cash is gone and the family can’t afford to send her to the school.  Pete decides he’s going to sell the books.

    Then the troubles begin.

    One of the most outstanding parts of this audiobook is that the narrator, Will Patton, delivers the story from all points of view flawlessly.  I’ve been a huge Will Patton fan since his role of Colonel Weaver from the sci-fi series “Falling Skies.”  His voice and acting ability make this audiobook a must listen.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far – a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

    “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

    Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after 35 years.

    Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life – for good, for bad, forever.

    ©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

     
  • gilwilson 10:54 PM on December 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Wonder Women 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History” By Sam Maggs 

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    25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
    By: Sam Maggs
    Narrated by: Jodelle Ferland
    Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    Published by Random House Audio 2016

    I have an idle curiosity when it comes to history, but I have an eagerness to know what is being passed on to the YA reading world.  So this book was another selection from the SYNC YA summer audiobook program and I gave it a shot.

    The look at women’s history was fascinating, many I had already known and read about through my various journeys through history.   This book not only featured brief biographies of innovators and trailblazers but included interviews with current innovators and trailblazers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  I’m not sure where spies & espionage fit in to STEM but that section of the book was intriguing.

    I’ll have to say that this book was not written for me in mind.  It is definitely a YA book.  I would say that the perfect target audience for this would be girls aged 10 – 16.  It does provide encouragement for girls interested in the fields discussed.  The hard part was the language.  The book was written in the vernacular of the stated age range and is rather annoying.  Even more annoying was to hear the reader try to vocalize that vernacular, and almost sound like a California Valley Girl from the 80s.

     

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

    You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of:

    Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy – only to have the credit taken by a man?
    Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first US satellite into orbit?
    Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China centuries before the cotton gin?
    Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Also features interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations – all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

    ©2016 Sam Maggs (P)2016 Random House Audio

     
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