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Brandin

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 24 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (726)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Taking my 5 stars back for all other books reviewd"
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    While reading this book...and now that I'm finished, I can't get it out of my mind. The real life characters of the story have taken hold of me & I feel like I'll never be the same again. Simply the best audiobook I've bought to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jen Kirkman
    • Narrated By Jen Kirkman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    "You'll change your mind." That's what everyone says to Jen Kirkman - and countless women like her - when she confesses she doesn't plan to have children. But you know what? It's hard enough to be an adult. You have to dress yourself and pay bills and remember to buy birthday gifts. You have to drive and get annual physicals and tip for good service. Some adults take on the added burden of caring for a tiny human being with no language skills or bladder control.

    Amanda says: "Hilarious!"
    "I got through 1 Hour."
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    1. Dear Jen Kirkman, please don't do anymore silly baby voices. I literally wanted to vomit each time you did this awful voice.

    2. This book is very similar a boring diary, with details that NOBODY gives a ___ about.

    3. The reviewers who liked this book are either friends of the author, or idiots who are easily entertained.

    4. OH GOD. She just did the baby voice again.

    5. I pray that Kirkman's standup is better than her insanely uninteresting story-telling

    6. I am returning this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (402)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    Arielle says: "Can't Beat a Story Told From the Horse's Mouth"
    "Enjoyed this more than I thought I would"
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    I feared this book would just be a silly retelling of celebrity gossip - but sometimes a lighthearted audiobook is what I'm looking for, so I got it anyway.

    The very personal stories from her actual life blew me away. Was not expecting that.

    I liked Kathy Griffin before. I think I might actually love her now!

    p.s. andy dick story ....f-ing PERFECT.

    p.p.s. not giving it 5 stars because (((and i know this is tiresome to hear)) Tina Fey's similar book was just so much better. But, Tina's book is better than EVERY book in its category, so i realize this is an unfair comparison :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bad Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Miranda July
    • Narrated By Miranda July
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

    alan says: "The book we've been fighting for"
    "I feel bad for the next book I listen to."
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    I feel bad for the next book I listen to. It will most likely get an unfair "meh" review because it's following something so brilliant.

    The author narrates. I'm not sure anyone else could have done the it justice. 5 stars is a puny rating for the perfection of her narration.

    Recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5185)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3104)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Ted says: "Just Right!"
    "Going back to find MORE in this series :)"
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    I loved the narrator. LOVE...LOVE....LOVE

    Story was very good. Easy listen.

    I don't give 5 stars overall to anything that didn't rock my world. This book isn't going to rock anyone's world. But, as a retoucher with hours spent in front of a computer, this book made those hours FUN.

    Recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3584)
    Performance
    (3020)
    Story
    (3030)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Decent Listen"
    Overall
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    Let's put it this way: I liked the book enough to listen to the whole thing and never considered returning it. BUT, I didn't rush out to find more titles by this author when I was done....

    Narrator was great. That always has a huge impact on the overall enjoyment :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "didn't LOVE it. but REALLY LIKED it."
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    Very easy listen. Loved the part about CVS/Drugstore beauty product therapy..... I've referenced this book several times, which is usually a sign that a book was good, dontcha think?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (788)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "EXCEEDED my expectations :)"
    Overall
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    This was sort of a random purchase. I'm not a huge Rob Lowe fan - although I like his work....just not a super fan or anything. But, I do love biographies, so I thought "whatever, I can return it if it's not good...." And then it was good. It was REALLY good.

    Funny, thought provoking and quote worthy.

    Definite recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (633)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable but severely lacking."
    "A very different writing style...but one I enjoyed"
    Overall
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    At first, you think the build up of storyline will culminate in something wildly dramatic....b/c we've been raised to look for red herrings in writing & foreshadowing, it's tough to switch your mindset to one of just listening and being present with the reader. There are no dramatic twists or adrenaline fueled finales to chapters. ....There is plenty of action, but the storytelling is wholly un-manipulative. I really liked it.

    ....and I plan on listening to it again - which is always the true test as to whether I loved a book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the number-one best-selling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood.

    Stefanie says: "Hilarious"
    "Not her best - but definitely worth a listen"
    Overall
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    The opening section about her discovering "the feeling" is so funny and insightful & so extremely daring that its worth the price of the book. Chelsea is hilarious & clearly fearless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Roz Savage
    • Narrated By Roz Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean—alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents—both in the water and within herself. Crossing Earth’s largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us.

    Brandin says: "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
    "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
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    Narration is OK. I've heard some god awful narration so i couldn't put it in the 1 or 2 stars with that category of "unlistenable". Still, the narration was just ok.


    Story really belongs in a much shorter book. I'm sure the story is actually very very good - but she draws it out with detailed accounts of things that we just don't care about hearing. There's a constant refrain about how she likes to eat clean & is forced to eat things she doesn't want to eat. It's exhausting to listen to mundane comments about how you don't like a certain type of food. I feel like I'm at my friend's house & her 5 year old is protesting that night's dinner.

    Seriously, I have to believe this story gets better - but I can't make it through a minute longer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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