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Megan

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  • 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
    (115)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    "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!"
    "Insightful... I loved it!"
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    Where does I Can Barely Take Care of Myself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best !


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was insightful and meaningful while also being extremely funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't select just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was a bit long to be able to do that practically!


    Any additional comments?

    To be a successful comedian or writer, you have to be capable of being honest/reflective while simultameously being witty and entertaining. Jen Kirkman does an excellent job of this while narrating this book about her own life and desire to remain "childless" by choice. But the book is about more than that... it is about dealing with insecuirities and anxiety.. It deals with issues like mortality, anticipating the future (or more appropriately, how much discomfort we have when we recognize that we cannot anticipate the future). It takes a critical look at cultural norms and assumptions about what life is (or ought to be).... all of this while being very entertaining. It is definitely worth purchasing as an audiobook - she has a great voice for narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Mooallem
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Half of all species could disappear by the end of the century, and scientists now concede that most of America’s endangered animals will survive only if conservationists keep rigging the world around them in their favor. So Jon Mooallem ventures into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it.

    Bonny says: "The line between conservation and domestication..."
    "Books like this are a rare find."
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    Where does The Wild Ones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my mind, it ranks among the best nonfiction on ecology, conservation and animal studies. I was astounded by the way the author presents the many different views and issues on climate change, species conservation and the way we conceptualize animals in our imagination - truly awe inspiring!


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