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  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (365)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    josh says: "Good collection of short stories"
    "LOVED IT"
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    What did you love best about This Is How You Lose Her?

    I thought Junot Diaz did an incredible job narrating his book. I enjoyed reading about Dominican culture as seen through the eyes of different age groups and sexes.


    What other book might you compare This Is How You Lose Her to and why?

    I love short stories, but I don't think I have read anything that I could compare to this.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    Loved the inclusion of Spanish/Dominican slang.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. With Refreshments

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alex Witchel
    • Narrated By Alex Witchel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    At just past 70, Alex Witchel’s smart, adoring, ultra-capable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Witchel reacted as she’d been raised: If something was broken, she would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, she retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim the mother who was disappearing in plain sight, by cooking the comforting foods that were her mother’s signature. Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped a grieving daughter come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of "ambiguous loss" - loss of a beloved one who lives on.

    glamazon says: "Ethnic Food Porn"
    "Very close to home"
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    What made the experience of listening to All Gone the most enjoyable?

    This book hit a very personal note for me. My mother suffered from dementia. She passed away this year and this book was actually comforting. I could really relate to the relationship the author had with her mother and thought the book was very well written and not overly sentimental.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between mother and daughter.


    What about Alex Witchel’s performance did you like?

    It felt her performance was very genuine and engaging.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cherish the love of the people who mean the most to you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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