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AGE OF ANGER

AGE OF ANGER A History of the Present

by Pankaj Mishra | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you need reminding that recent global events, the rise of nationalism and demagogues, and the rejection of the liberal world order pose a threat to freedom, then this audiobook is for you. Narrator Derek Perkins's deep voice and English accent capture the audiobook's pessimistic tone. The author compares the events of our time with mostly catastrophic twentieth-century... Read More

AMETORA

AMETORA How Japan Saved American Style

by W. David Marx | Read by Brian Nishii

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Brian Nishii's clean and evenly paced narration captures the propriety of Japanese culture in this rich exploration of how Japan created its own genre of American-influenced fashion called Ametora. Nishii delivers the Japanese words in this production with crisp swiftness and a perfect-sounding Japanese accent. His tone conveys the order and efficacy of a dignified culture... Read More

THE ART OF INVISIBILITY

THE ART OF INVISIBILITY The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

by Kevin Mitnick, Robert Vamosi | Read by Ray Porter

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kevin Mitnick, the world's most famous and infamous hacker, uses many real-life case studies to explain how to to achieve greater online privacy. In a gruff timbre and matter-of-fact tone, narrator Ray Porter walks listeners through the details of avoiding malicious hackers and their related schemes. Porter provides an assertively controlled, well-paced journalistic... Read More

BIOPUNK

BIOPUNK Solving Biotech's Biggest Problems in Kitchens and Garages

by Marcus Wohlsen | Read by Paul Michael Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Marcus Wohlsen has been discussing the future of genetic engineering with passionate biohackers. These are people who are working to develop lower-cost DIY methods of research that can open up the field to enthusiasts who lack university or corporate backing. Narrator Paul Michael Garcia's clear voice cuts through the jargon, a necessity when explaining concepts like DNA and... Read More

THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary Taubes | Read by Mike Chamberlain

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Gary Taubes makes a strong and frightening case against sugar, claiming that there is nothing sweet about its links to numerous chronic diseases, which include insulin resistance, liver disease, and obesity. Narrator Mike Chamberlain flawlessly delivers these sour facts with journalistic directness. His clear narration fluidly presents the comprehensive information... Read More

THE DAILY SHOW (THE AUDIOBOOK): AN ORAL HISTORY

THE DAILY SHOW (THE AUDIOBOOK): AN ORAL HISTORY as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

by Chris Smith, Jon Stewart [Foreword] | Read by Oliver Wyman, Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins, Chris Lutkin, Robert Fass, Lauren Fortgang

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

On January 11, 1999, comedian Jon Stewart took over the helm of Comedy Central's "Daily Show." For the next 16 years, the team proceeded to mix news, satire, and pop culture into a unique blend of award-winning, groundbreaking entertainment. This in-depth oral history, read by a bevy of topflight audiobook narrators, takes the listener behind the scenes to hear from the... Read More

DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS

DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by January LaVoy

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

January LaVoy's narration of this short work is intentional, assertively warm, and grounded. Given her charge, she has to be. Adichie's childhood friend, Ijeawele, asks how to raise her newborn daughter as a feminist. This is not a light question. The author offers 15 suggestions; it's LaVoy's job to deliver them with decisive clarity. And she hits the mark. There is wisdom in... Read More

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES

by Dan Egan | Read by Jason Culp

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A prize-winning reporter for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL has written a readable, fair-minded account of the collapse and transformation of the Great Lakes ecosystem from the opening of the Erie Canal through the present. Jason Culp narrates this epic tale of human arrogance, unintended consequences, and environmental degradation, told through personal interviews, memorable... Read More

EXILE AND PRIDE

EXILE AND PRIDE Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

by Eli Clare | Read by Maxwell Glick

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Maxwell Glick deftly captures the wide emotional range of Clare's astonishing life story. He was born with cerebral palsy and later realized he also had gender issues, which added to his personal unhappiness and to being harassed by others, including his own family. The book's first-person, conversational point of view takes listeners on Clare's painful but ultimately... Read More

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS A Town, a Team, and a Dream: 25th Anniversary Edition

by H.G. Bissinger | Read by Tom Stechschulte

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Football is a violent, physical sport and in Odessa, West Texas, in the 1980s, high school football is king. Tom Stechschulte's aggressively masculine narration couldn't be more appropriate to the material. In his deep voice, he scorns and snarls and drawls and whines, always matching his tone to the characters and their actions in this dispiriting, ugly world of undisguised... Read More

GHETTO

GHETTO The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea

by Mitchell Duneier | Read by Prentice Onayemi

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The concept of the ghetto began in Venice; the word was taken from an island that Jewish Venetians were forced to call home. W.E.B. DuBois first compared Jewish ghettos in Europe to black areas of the United States in the 1890s. Use of the word took hold only after WWII. The author traces the history of both areas as well as the sociology and opinion that surround them.... Read More

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL Volume 1: 1920-1963

by Ed Ward | Read by David Colacci

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ward tells the story of how rock and roll slowly developed, starting in the cotton fields of the South in the 1920s. Narrator David Colacci delivers a measured, authoritative narration that takes the listener through the evolution of the most exciting period of modern music. By necessity, the audiobook offers only glimpses of the lives of icons like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley,... Read More

HIT MAKERS

HIT MAKERS The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

by Derek Thompson | Read by Derek Thompson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Does chaos theory explain the success of the rock-and-roll song "Rock Around the Clock"? Did Joseph Campbell and Flash Gordon influence the creation of Luke Skywalker? Why are our aspirational desires (I want to want watch more "Nova") so often in conflict with our actual choices (Let's watch "Real Housewives")? Derek Thompson, with his convincing, professional delivery,... Read More

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS

by David France | Read by Rory O'Malley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE tackles the enormous task of chronicling the fight against the AIDS epidemic. David France's voluminous work details the stories of so many people, including victims, advocates, and scientists. Trying to absorb so much information could be daunting, but Rory O'Malley's narration will help the listener along. His steady delivery brings each piece of the... Read More

HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY

HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Jerry Kaplan | Read by John Pruden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook on how the development of artificial intelligence threatens jobs, thereby exacerbating income inequality, is flawlessly narrated by John Pruden. Kaplan's ideas on what artificial intelligence, particularly as manifested in robots, will be capable of doing for humans are astonishing. Machines that analyze information will outwit humans at such activities as making... Read More

IF OUR BODIES COULD TALK

IF OUR BODIES COULD TALK A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body

by James Hamblin | Read by James Hamblin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Almost every peculiar question one might have on the human body is answered in Hamblin's audiobook. Topics are organized around six main aspects of the body, such as appearance, nutrition, and death. Delivered in a youthful, passionate voice, Hamblin's simplified responses get to the point with a fun, sometimes sarcastic inflection. He explains what's normal and what's... Read More

IN OUR BACKYARD

IN OUR BACKYARD Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It

by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author's message on human trafficking is grave, so Nicol Zanzarella treats it accordingly in her narration. However, the organization of the book itself challenges her effectiveness. Repetition may be an effort to reinforce details, but it also has the potential to desensitize some listeners to the horror contained in the narratives. Also, while Zanzarella infuses those... Read More

INGA

INGA Kennedy's Great Love, Hitler's Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover's Prime Suspect

by Scott Farris | Read by Scott Farris

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Danish journalist Inga Arvad is the complex woman who is purported to be the greatest love of JFK's young adult life. She was also a special guest of Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Inga was a gossip columnist who was suspected of being a Nazi spy. The countless Hitchcockian twists and turns of her story are articulately recounted, though the author's narration leaves much... Read More

THE INTERNET OF US

THE INTERNET OF US Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

by Michael Patrick Lynch | Read by Dan Woren

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Dan Woren's clear, straightforward narration warms what is otherwise a dry academic series of discussions that consider the impact of the Internet on humans' ability to think and reason. Are people turning into passive entities who know little and care less beyond the instantaneous search for facts? Is our ability to reason and truly understand being negatively impacted? What... Read More

JUSTICE FOR NONE

JUSTICE FOR NONE How the Drug War Broke the Legal System

by | Read by James Edward Thomas

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Several reporters at the WASHINGTON POST have filed insightful stories in recent years about the actual repercussions of drug trade suppression laws on the most disenfranchised members of civic life. The extreme prison sentences meted out to low-level illicit drug dealers and the prison conditions they experience form the thematic base of the collection. James Edward Thomas... Read More

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM

by Omar Saif Ghobash | Read by Omar Saif Ghobash

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Through a series of letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash discusses the challenges of raising religiously minded children in a globalized environment filled with complexity. His narration adds to the weight of his words. His emotional investment in his message is reflected in his tone and emphasis while his accent and ability to comfortably switch to Arabic where relevant make... Read More

THE MARCHES

THE MARCHES A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland

by Rory Stewart | Read by Rory Stewart

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Rory Stewart honors his extraordinary father's long life in this touching evocation of familial love. He writes with wit and charm and narrates with a Scot's lilt that makes the listener convinced that only he could narrate this audiobook. Focusing on a walk on Hadrian's Wall and other jaunts in Scotland and England, he traces the far-flung relationship between him and his... Read More

THE MEANING OF MICHELLE

THE MEANING OF MICHELLE 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

by Veronica Chambers [Ed.] | Read by January LaVoy, Prentice Onayemi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

January LaVoy and Prentice Onayemi narrate 16 personal reflections on Michelle Obama's positive effect on women, race relations, motherhood, fashion, and, as partner and staunch supporter of her husband, President Barack Obama. In many essays, refreshing humor adds a lighthearted touch while others consider Michelle's more serious legacy to the country. LaVoy and Onayemi offer... Read More

MIND OF AN OUTLAW

MIND OF AN OUTLAW Selected Essays

by Norman Mailer | Read by Christopher Lane

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Christopher Lane has quite a challenge on his hands--or vocal chords--as narrator of this audio collection of Mailer's works. First, there's the author himself, an icon of twentieth-century literature and culture. Then there are the essays, which represent some of Mailer's best work. Lane successfully meets these challenges, using his friendly, deep, somewhat nasally... Read More

THE MORNING THEY CAME FOR US

THE MORNING THEY CAME FOR US Dispatches from Syria

by Janine di Giovanni | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Painting a grim picture of the war in Syria, journalist Janine di Giovanni weaves the experiences of common people caught in a war-torn nation. Teri Schnaubelt's straightforward narration lends credence to the stories, many of which are difficult to hear. Rape, torture, poverty, illness, and starvation are brutal realities for many in Syria. Listening to Schnaubelt describe the... Read More

THE NEW ODYSSEY

THE NEW ODYSSEY The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis

by Patrick Kingsley | Read by Thomas Judd

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Thomas Judd misses an opportunity in his narration of Kingsley's important new book about the refugee crisis facing Europe and the world. Much of the audiobook is story and character driven, but Judd doesn't do much to dramatize the action or separate the main characters from the background. The story of Hashem al-Souki, a Syrian refugee looking to make his way to Europe via... Read More

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

by Charles Darwin | Read by Peter Wickham

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Wickham lends a necessary tone of discovery and excitement to Darwin's seminal work, in which he outlines his theory of evolution. Wickham injects the thrill of discovery into his reading, a useful counterbalance to the occasionally overwhelming lists of examples that Darwin employs to illustrate his theory. Wickham responds to the systematic and factual tone of... Read More

OUR REVOLUTION

OUR REVOLUTION A Future to Believe In

by Bernie Sanders | Read by Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Who better than the incomparable Bernie Sanders to tell his own story? In his raspy, Brooklyn-accented voice, he recounts stories from his humble childhood. He warmly reveals that his brother, Larry, introduced him to politics and activism. Sanders delivers charming humor, along with humble truths about losing elections and what he's learned from the campaign trail. Actor and... Read More

PAYOFF

PAYOFF The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations

Earphones Award Winner

by Dan Ariely | Read by Simon Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After immediately drawing listeners in with his reading of Ariely's riveting first chapter, narrator Simon Jones continues to hold them close with his relaxed diction and skillful handling of this audiobook's pathos. Jones's vocal elegance and thorough understanding of the author's message promote unexpected engagement with Ariely's extended essay on what motivates people not... Read More

THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION

THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific

by David Bianculli | Read by David Bianculli

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

NPR's "Fresh Air" guest host and TV critic narrates his less-than-entertaining look at television's programming quality over the years. The author's plodding narration strangely parallels what too often seems like endless lists of series cast members. Bianculli arbitrarily identifies examples of television's evolving quality without convincing or thoughtful discussion. He often... Read More

REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS

REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS The Journey to Quantum Gravity

by Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell [Trans.], Erica Segre [Trans.] | Read by Roy McMillan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Here's a flawless, up-to-date history of physics, from antiquity to yesterday (almost). One can't tell that it's translated from Italian, so smoothly does the narration flow. Narrator Roy McMillan's voice gives the impression of a learned speaker embarking on a friendly explanation of abstruse concepts and discoveries. Having listened to many science audiobooks and other... Read More

THE REVENGE OF ANALOG

THE REVENGE OF ANALOG Real Things and Why They Matter

by David Sax | Read by David Sax

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

As futurist Alvin Toffler predicted in the mid-80s, the more high-tech society becomes, the more many people long to return to some of the old ways, which Toffler called "high touch." David Sax enthusiastically analyzes a similar phenomenon in the 21st century as vinyl records, Polaroid cameras, writing with pen and paper, and brick-and-mortar stores--what Sax calls "real... Read More

A SQUARE MEAL

A SQUARE MEAL A Culinary History of the Great Depression

by Jane Ziegelman, Andrew Coe | Read by Susan Ericksen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

For most Americans today, it's difficult to imagine how overwhelming it was to feed a struggling nation during the Great Depression years, which included the drought known as the Dust Bowl. Narrator Susan Ericksen's clear diction and subtle level of drama add spark to this history of the American diet between the two World Wars. Her varied pacing and lively phrasing help... Read More

STORM IN A TEACUP

STORM IN A TEACUP The Physics of Everyday Life

by Helen Czerski | Read by Chloe Massey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Physicist and BBC personality Helen Czerski's charming and informative audiobook about physics covers everything from the cosmos and the Internet to the functions of the body--along with a certain persistent British focus on teatime. Czerski's style is funny, personal, and wonderfully clear. Narrator Chloe Massey conveys Czerski's lighthearted spirit with clear diction and a... Read More

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP A Sermon to White America

by Michael Eric Dyson | Read by Michael Eric Dyson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Michael Eric Dyson's elegant discussion of the role of race and privilege in white culture proves to be simultaneously provocative and sincere. Because he has framed his book as a sermon, audio is a natural medium for the work. But Dyson's delivery wobbles between sounding emotionally connected and apathetic. Given the framework of a sermon, he doesn't always live up to the... Read More

THIRD RECONSTRUCTION

THIRD RECONSTRUCTION How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

by William J. Barber , Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Read by Chase Bradley

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The Reverend Barber mixes memoir and the history of the Moral Monday coalition in North Carolina to highlight how progress can be made for different groups seeking political, social, and economic justice. Narrator Chase Bradley has a deep, resonant voice, but he doesn't always leverage it to keep listeners engaged. His delivery lacks energy, and at times he seems to be going... Read More

UNCIVIL RITES

UNCIVIL RITES Palestine and the Limits of Academic Feeedom

by Steven Salaita | Read by Tristan Morris

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Professor Salaita's termination by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been a much reported story of the muzzling of academic freedom by academia's business interests. Salaita's clear, concise writing is echoed in Tristan Morris's dignified delivery. Salaita recounts his reasons for speaking publicly against Israel's encroachment on Palestine, which resulted in--in... Read More

THE UNDOING PROJECT

THE UNDOING PROJECT A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Lewis | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Most decisions we make are based, in some part, on irrationality-- sometimes referred to as a gut feeling or intuition. Author Michael Lewis simplifies the brain-boggling lifework of Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman, who developed the new discipline of behavioral economics to explain the seeming irrationality of financial decision making. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris's faultless... Read More

THE UPSTARTS

THE UPSTARTS How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

by Brad Stone | Read by Dean Temple

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bloomberg Media technology reporter Stone provides new details concerning the strategies, tactics, and methodologies employed by Uber and Airbnb. Founders Kalanick of Uber and Chesky of Airbnb are often flying in the face of very established companies to change their respective industries in graphic, innovative, and dramatic ways. First-time narrator Dean Temple's vocal... Read More

THE WAR ON SCIENCE

THE WAR ON SCIENCE Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It

by Shawn Lawrence Otto | Read by Peter Berkrot

Post Hypnotic Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Peter Berkrot narrates this audiobook with the urgency of a correspondent on the front lines. Sadly, the reporting from our schools, legislatures, and media shows that there's a war on science going on, and science is losing. The author explains how a belief in science, encouraged in the Constitution, and once a bulwark of the Republican Party, has in recent decades been... Read More

WATER TOSSING BOULDERS

WATER TOSSING BOULDERS How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South

by Adrienne Berard | Read by Moe Egan

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Berard provides a detailed and engaging history of the 1920s Supreme Court case that was the first to challenge school segregation laws. The efforts of Chinese-American shopkeepers to gain admittance of their children into a whites-only Mississippi school are narrated by Moe Egan at a fast clip, requiring listeners to attend closely to the complex personalities and motives in... Read More

THE WAY OF THE RUNNER

THE WAY OF THE RUNNER A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running

by Adharanand Finn | Read by Derek Perkins

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Derek Perkins takes listeners on an energetic trip to Japan, where Adharanand Finn (RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS) spent six months as an observer and participant with the serious marathoners of Japan. Perkins captures Finn's quirky humor and English accent and deftly conveys the fascination--and trepidation--of his children as they learn the language and attend school.... Read More

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This brief reflection on the state of gender in contemporary society is told in quiet but firm tones by its author. Listeners will shake their heads as she recounts the multiple microaggressions faced by young women in Nigeria. The sexism at the root of each anecdote resonates because the stereotypes are universal. Adichie makes her point with a steady, even tone, and through... Read More

WE: A MANIFESTO FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE

WE: A MANIFESTO FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE 9 Principles to Live By

by Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel | Read by Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Actress Gillian Anderson, Scully in "The X Files," and her writer friend Jennifer Nadel offer a manifesto that, in reality, serves comfortably entitled Anglo-American women, rather than the grandly promised "women everywhere" of its title. Anderson reads at a steady pace in her American accent, while, in contrast to Anderson's style, Nadel's overly deliberate pacing and London... Read More

WELCOME TO THE MICROBIOME

WELCOME TO THE MICROBIOME Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You

by Rob Desalle, Susan L. Perkins | Read by Stephen McLaughlin

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

There's more to the human body than meets the eye--trillions of invisible bacteria and other microbes, in fact. Stephen McLaughlin's personable narration provides a detailed and informative tour through the world of microbes, not only in our environment, but also in and on our bodies. The goal of this book is to provide insight into the complexity of microbial communities and... Read More

WHAT A FISH KNOWS

WHAT A FISH KNOWS The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

by Jonathan Balcombe | Read by Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Balcombe offers a comprehensive argument for the sentience of fish. As Graham Winton gives a steady narration, Balcombe argues that fish should be included among the concerns of the burgeoning animal-rights movement and that the continued human slaughter of millions of fish has moral significance. In the process, he offers an extraordinary catalogue of fish behavior expressing... Read More

WHITE RAGE

WHITE RAGE The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

by Carol Anderson | Read by Pamela Gibson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Pamela Gibson perfectly conveys the insightful research and writing in this book about civil rights in the U.S. by an Emory University historian. Anderson contends that when African-Americans make even the slightest progress, a subtle, almost invisible, white rage in the form of opposition reverses what little progress has been made. An example is the current... Read More

WHY TIME FLIES

WHY TIME FLIES A Mostly Scientific Investigation

by Alan Burdick | Read by George Newbern, Alan Burdick [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alan Burdick covers a lot of ground--including a trip to the Arctic--as he investigates the perception of time. Psychology, philosophy, and science play a large role, but the human factor is always first and foremost. Narrator George Newbern gives listeners a sense of Burdick's surprise as he notes the changes in his circadian clock during an Arctic winter. He also makes... Read More

WRITINGS ON THE WALL

WRITINGS ON THE WALL Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld | Read by Ben Adduchio

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Here's an interesting audiobook by an author who is not usually mentioned when the subject is race relations in America. From this point on, he should be. Abdul-Jabbar traveled the country as a basketball star, and his experiences then, and in his active next life, inform this work. He writes thoughtfully but forcefully, and he deserves to be heard. Narrator Ben Adduchio... Read More

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