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Fraser Simons

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Worth a listen

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Reviewed: 2020-04-01

This was really fun to listen to. It’s not a wildly well written story but seems like it’s written to be something a studio would want to produce. The cast and production are amazing. Glad I got it.

Gripping. Quickly became one of my favourite books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-25

I don’t even like rock and roll stories. For me, they always miss the point. This does not miss the point. I had written it off as hype last year. But when it popped up as a suggestion on Libby, I thought I’d give it a shot. I listened to the audiobook with the full cast almost straight through. I could not stop listening. I loved everything about it. Idyllic about how a story like this usually ends, somehow presenting it in the documentarian way, especially from the lens of the interviewer, just worked for me.

I don’t give a fuck about that time some rocker died from drugs and then came back alive or whatever. Tell me about why they’re so broken. Not how pretty some broken thing is or was. Everything I never knew I wanted from a story like this.

Interesting stuff

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-18

The author is an alright narrator and the idea of citizens working to solve crimes, especially as technology gets better, is an interesting one.

Should be required reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-03-16

The historical context grounds the nuances of the later discussion regarding how people of colour are routinely policed and manipulated, especially when it becomes political. It made more sense and was especially clear to me as a Canadian, where we have had a similar education to the UK, and thus have similar responses and biases.

Should be required reading, imo. Incredibly clear, concise. Probably the most helpful text I’ve read about the issue to date.

Highly recommend it

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Reviewed: 2020-03-15

Great narration, and while the plot is fairly slow, I still enjoyed it quite a bit; it suited the story well and was always interesting.

Highly recommend it

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Reviewed: 2020-02-04

Amazing lecture series. Very concise chapters, extremely clear and gives context whenever something out of the cultural consciousness is brought up. The only thing I worry about is it the lecture series is also clearly significantly outdated. She drops some cultural touchstones like Disney’s Hercules and the Titanic movie, for instance. So, I wonder if (and sure there are) advancements or “updates” in critical thought on the subject.

Fantastic but hard to hear sometimes

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Reviewed: 2020-01-01

So glad this book is selling well. It’s a fantastic read but an intense and hard to listen to one because of the abuse Tara suffered. CW: child abuse, domestic battery, gaslighting.

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-12-23

Well written, well performed, hard to put down. An earnest, often heartbreaking story that needed to be told.

Good, with a caveat

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-14

This is from the perspective of someone mostly embedded in corporate culture and wants to convinced others of the benefits of inclusion with data. If you’re not in that culture it’s still beneficial because the data is good, but if you already are on board with inclusion and want personal tools, not corporate ones that small business and communities don’t have funding for, it’s less likely to be helpful.

Amazing!

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Reviewed: 2019-11-13

It’s heavy stuff but incredibly well written and prescient as hell. Climate change, a post-collapse America turning to alt-right and Christian values again resurge in an effort to literally “make America great again”. It’s scary how on point this is for being written in ‘98, and is a fantastic piece of writing. Especially with the full context of the previous book. The narrators are also great!