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This is great storytelling. I was captivated by Thea Hillman's frank and vulnerable voice. She is sexy, scary, and funny... all at once.
Intersex is the first-hand account of being an intersex activist, and it will give courage to people of any gender. Thea writes, "Normal is a weapon of mass destruction. It's just as deadly, and just like those weapons, it'll never be found."
Before coming across this audiobook, I’d never heard of the disappearance of Soviet students in the Ural Mountains known as Dyatlov Pass Incident, but the mystery reeled me in. It might as well be an idea for a Twilight Zone, or X-files script.
Nine young, healthy, experienced hikers set out on a trek through the Urals, set up camp, and then flee their tent without proper gear, or even their shoes. Their bodies are later found frozen and injured. Why did they leave?
Donnie Eichar, who narrates himself, wanted to know too, so he set out in their footprints to solve the riddle. His book offers an investigation that gives a heartbreaking portrait of these doomed hikers, the search for them afterwards, and his own inquiry.
His conclusions may not have settled all the questions surrounding the Dead Mountain incident, but the story getting there is as engrossing as any unsolved mystery.
Not a biography of Anne Boleyn, this is a analysis of what each generation and writer, creates out of the historical character Anne Boleyn. She’s a woman re-made in every era’s imagination to serve the teller, from Chapuys’s contemporary slandering of “the whore,” to today’s feminist icon, or slutty vixen—take your pick.
When Anne’s head came off, her words and images, and even friendships were erased, so every image we get of Anne says more about the person writing about her than it does about the subject.
Susan Bordo gives you all the angles, all the trashy viper-pit details of royal life, and still separates the facts from speculation. Her chatty, dry, deadly wit make this audiobook addictive.
Barbera Rosenblat brought so much sensibility and sharp-tongued knowing humor to the reading. She’s a perfect match.
James Gandolfini, gave a soul to suburban New Jersey dad and mob killer, Tony Soprano. When he died suddenly of a heart attack last year, it felt like a family member had died. But Gandolfini was not Tony Soprano, he was so much deeper, kinder and more complex.
Dan Bischoff’s biography maps out the life of a man that touched all our lives. From his Italian American background, growing up in New Jersey, experiences as a working man, to becoming an actor and philanthropist.
This book gave me insight into the blossoming of an artist, and of a man ready to give back through his work and films for the charity Wounded Warrior Project (never touted in any publicity for self celebration).
John Ventimiglia, who played Artie Bucco on “The Sopranos” really put his heart into narrating this. His performance is that of an insider, fluid and heartfelt.
Written at a tight journalistic clip, this is a great listen.
From saying, as an adult, “Mom I’m going to live with you forever,” to one of the biggest names in gaming, Markus “Notch” Persson is an example of the old cliché that following one’s dreams will pay off.
The game “Minecraft" looks deceptively simple, but once you dive in, it expands into an entire block-y universe. People build fortresses, castles and scale models of real life objects. I’ve even heard of one player’s quest to find the edge of the “Minecraft" world.
Where did this phenomenon come from?
Persson went from using the computer as a sanctuary alone with his thoughts away from family tensions, to building a community online and in real life.
This book does an excellent job of subtly pointing out the roots of “Minecraft” in Persson’s life; Legos, “Boulder Dash,” “Magic the Gathering.”
But it also tells the story of someone relatable, someone with an un-extraordinary background, but who always knew what he wanted to do, and through perseverance, challenged the status quo of gaming (macho guys killing each other), and created something playful and creative that he is proud of, and is beloved by gamers all over.
Howard Zinn's classic history of the US from the viewpoint of the Native Americans, slaves, and other underdogs has not only been revised for young people, it INCLUDES the history of young people; young sailors on Columbus's ships, young soldiers, young servants.
This is an essential companion to the standard history we were taught in school. Zinn takes Churchill’s famous line, “History is written by the victors,” and turns it upside down. He writes, “Every historian’s own ideas and beliefs go into the way he or she writes history,” and he takes the view of “more than just the conquerers and leaders.” He gives a voice to the vanquished.
In this young people’s version, violence of American history has not been whitewashed, but it has been made less graphic, and all has been simplified, though certainly not dumbed down.
Jeff Zinn’s narration keeps it all clear and steers away from the strident outrage that could so easily creep in to the subject.
Compellingly written and inclusive, this is a great listen.
I have waited so long for this finale to the "Troubles Trilogy" that when I met a woman in a local bar with a early release UK copy of the paperback, I practically wrestled her to the floor. Now, I have both Kindle and audio in my greedy hands, and it's as gratifying as one could hope for. The appearances by 'Joe Kennedy," "Gerry Adams," and "Margaret Thatcher" --- I can't even decide who packs the most punch! Gerard Doyle, hats off, and Adrian, you have made a historical contribution to Great Irish antiheroes, locked box mysteries, and the sexiest fatalistic detective ever.
Ariel Gore’s sensitive, sardonic memoir of her mother’s death from cancer is not what you'd expect. This was no graceful exit.
When Ariel's mother, who found too much humor in repeated watchings of "Mommy Dearest;" who got herself banned from three different Portland cab companies for histrionics, calls her up with the news that she has terminal lung cancer, Ariel realizes she's going to have to step up to the plate to take care of her.
But as Admiral Ackbar says, "It's a trap!"
Yes, her mother is dying, but she's going to burn down the funeral home on the way out. Ariel loses her home, her lover, and nearly, her wits as her manipulative mother makes further and further demands, and exacts revenge if those demands aren't met.
Ariel finds the strength, the humor, and the whiskey to keep at it and keep it together. She does what she must to see her mother through to the end and she stays on her path to find peace and new love in the end.
Ariel's own voice was the only choice for this reading. Who else could bring all the nuance of conflicting emotions to such a tough book to get right?
This follow up to “Jane Bites Back” is every bit as witty, juicy and bloody. Here is Jane Austen as we always wanted her, immortal, deadly, witty as heck, and most importantly, still writing.
This time around, she’s a successful “debut” author being dogged by fans, reviewers, and filmmakers producing a film version of her new work. Add in a fiancé who wants her to convert to Judaism, and a potential mother in law who is also—yes a vampire hunter.
Thomas Michael Ford is up to the task of keeping this madcap comedy rolling along. He possesses an arch wit and deadly sense of drama that few can rival.
Once again Katherine Kellgren narrates seamlessly, with a whole town’s worth of voices keeping everything going at a satisfying clip.
Roger King was an English professor, who, filled with a bit of hubris, accepted a prestigious appointment in the US, and got ready to start what he thought would be his new sex and romance-filled, ego-stoking adventure.
To his shock, his health crashed, and no one could explain what the hell had happened to him. He'd developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME.
Love and Fatigue in America is his fictionalized account of his experience.
Instead of teaching college students, the nameless narrator ends up wandering state to state, and woman to woman, sleeping on strangers' couches, the only constant in his life, his dog.
His insights into masculinity, sexuality, and the American healthcare system, in the face of the mysteries and incapacities of ME, are startling.
His poetic, satiric epilogue, "The Benefits of Illness," should be made into a poster and widely wheat-pasted at every doctor's office!
Graeme Malcom is a fantastic narrator, and I was glad to be with him for the whole trip.
In Swallow the Ocean, Laura M. Flynn describes what it was like when, as a child, her world fell apart. Her confident, beautiful mother was overcome by paranoid schizophrenia.
“I lived in her world, and even if none of this was real to other people, the consequences were real to me.”
While there are a lot of mental illness memoirs out there, Flynn’s stands out for her seamless writing, her evocative remembrance of Seventies San Francisco, and her ability to make clear the childhood logistics of having an unstable caregiver.
Narrated by Julie McKay who has a really nice emotive range, and sympathy for the nuances of the narrators emotions.
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