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B. Kraut

Oakland, Ca | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 113 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "As good, or better than the series"
    Where does Orange is the New Black rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this book utterly engaging and entertaining. I had recently finished watching the Netflix series and after hearing the author interviewed on Terry's Gross's NPR Fresh Air radio broadcast, the differences between the series and the true story in the book as explained by the author peaked my interest to learn more about the real story.

    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    After having seen the series, I couldn't get the picture of Taylor Schillings, who plays Piper Kerman, out of my mind--but that is a compliment, not a complaint. I found Campbell's recitation so similar and that made it very easy to imagine the story as it was read. I liked her rendition of the different accents of her inmates in prison and found them authentic enough as to make the characters believable. I gave her 5 stars for her skill in making the book come alive.

    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Reade says: "One of the worst"
    "missed opportunity"

    What surprised me the most about this book was that I finished listening to it. The author obviously meant well but how the editors at Audible let his narration get by them is a mystery to me. I felt as if his audience would have been better suited to 6 year olds than adults. Actually, as the story progressed, I did find myself getting more into it despite the author's self conscious reading style and intonation and I even got emotional at the end. All in all, I felt it was a cute story with some amusing anecdotes and give it a marginal thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "A Gripping Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this book read. I had heard the author and his son, the subject of the book, interviewed on NPR when the book first came out and the story stayed with me for a year before I decided to download the book. For anyone who has lived with a loved one who has an addiction problem, I think it is a necessary read. The story was eloquently told and all of the facts about meth addiction were explained in a way that I had never before understood to this degree. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexandra Penney
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout her life, Alexandra Penney's worst fear was becoming a bag lady. Even as she worked several jobs while raising a son as a single mother, wrote a multimillion-dollar best-selling advice book, and became editor in chief of Self magazine, she was haunted by the image of herself alone, bankrupt, and living on the street. And then, one day, that's exactly what happened.

    Mary says: "Brie with that Whine?"
    "an entertaining quick read"

    I had heard the author in an NPR interview which peaked my interest to download this book. Having sufferred my own financial loss in the stock market downturn of '08, I could commiserate with the author. While I identified with her in some ways, my situation was not nearly as bad as hers, and I found her positive attitude both consoling and entertaining. I think the reader did a great job of expressing the tone of the story as it was written. It was a very enjoyable read for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Too Fat to Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Artie Lange
    • Narrated By Artie Lange

    A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

    John says: "great book, horrid readers"
    "a good story teller"

    I was interested in this book because of the interviews I'd heard Artie Lange do on NPR. He's a good story teller and very funny. In this tell-all book he doesn't disappoint on that level. He even admits things about his life that he says he's never told before and seems to be trying to make amends to people he has hurt in his past. The only major disappointment is that he doesn't read the entire book himself, which I already knew was the case since he explained that in a recent interview. You just have to let that go because it's typical Artie Lange demonstrating that he doesn't have much self discipline. The other readers, he explains at the point he gives up this task, are not the best readers and I found them a little distracting at first. However, once I got into the spirit of their narrations, I was able to enjoy the remainder of the book amost as much as the first part.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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