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  • 6 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 84 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
    "Pretty Good"

    I really like Aisha Tyler. I love her stand up and her podcast.
    However, I didn't find her book that funny for some reason.
    It just wasn't poignant enough in book form. It just felt too much like musings on a blog.
    Despite this I would still recommend her book because it was enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the Birds, Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Evie Wyld
    • Narrated By Cat Gould
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something - or someone - picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast.... And there is also Jake's past....

    Sparkly says: "Strange, Delicate, Brutal"
    "An OK book"

    I liked most of the book. I like the back and forth storytelling that slowly reveals how Jake
    got to where she is. It was a bit more disturbing than I had anticipated but then as her story unfolds you understand why. The other characters, however, seemed to be barely developed. Although that might be a part of her lifestyle, it still left you wondering what happened to other characters. The end was jarring and made me guffaw slightly. It is another book that has fallen victim to the fine line of how to end a book inconclusively yet satisfactory. However, I still enjoyed this book more than most other typical fluff out there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "I fully appreciated"

    such a brave memoir. Even though it seems that as an actor he is probably used to opening up, I still think it is brave of him to share such a deeply personal and touching story. And consequently helping other people like me who read these types of stories as a form of self therapy. As previously stated by another reviewer, the memoir is especially for people who also had traumatic childhoods. Relating to others experiences helps to process our own in the intricate complexities of abusive parental/familial relationships.
    It is a short account of just one aspect of Cummings life, but it is powerful, eloquent, poignant, and inspiring.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Education

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Choi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill. He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty - or his charismatic, volatile wife.

    Tyler says: "Not what you think"
    "Not what you think"

    Rarely do I hate a book, but I hated this book.
    I got nothing out of it except that I wish I never came across it.
    First, it was not what I expected from the description.
    I decided upon the book thinking it would be about a girl/boy affair.
    However, it is mostly about a girl/girl affair not a girl/boy which is fine if that interests you,
    but it's not what interests me.
    BIG part of why I hated it also (SPOILER) was there were no grounds for why Regina
    all the sudden was struck by Martha. And also never went into why she was so taken with her
    other than their times in bed.
    The ending just sealed it as an awful book.
    Hated the part where they meet 14 years later, but I guess being the kind of people they are
    it wasn't surprising.
    Furthermore, it didn't make sense. I find it very hard to believe in such relationships.
    For example, how Dutra could find no one else in his life after so many years. Just a little ridiculous.
    Lastly, it was disjointed in the way that the bits of philosophical musings did not pair up well with the story.
    That is to say that they stood better alone because they were not illuminated by the story.

    The reader's voice of Regina is a bit annoying, took me a while to get used to.
    However, the reader did a great performance in finding a distinguishing voice for all the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "It was Ok"

    I wanted to like it but it just wasn't very funny to me.
    Somewhat amusing, but not anything that really stood out as hilarious.
    I could have done without even listening to it.
    Those of the UK audience may relate to it more?
    I read about the reviews saying the young Miranda voice was annoying and decided to still give it a try and then also thought it became annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better ending.
    I don't necessarily need an entirely conclusive ending for all books. Some of my favorite books don't have a complete conclusion and leave you thinking.
    But this...I feel like it's such a trend now--to just end a book suddenly.
    It makes it feel completely pointless. I don't know if it's thought to be the "new" thing now although it's not new, it's been done for a very long time now. But I feel like I am coming across too many that try to make a statement or something--which is exactly it, that I don't know what the author is even trying to do because it feels pointless.
    It's a very fine line to know how to end to "keep the reader thinking and/or making their own conclusion" and making the reader feel cheated (as another reviewer has noted).
    That is exactly how I felt--cheated and duped.
    After all the hours spent with the book and then...the end made it feel like a big waste of time.
    Even though I loved most of the book and the experience. It was really hard to tear myself away from it because you kept wanting to know what happens and then the end leaves you at a cliff hanger and frustrated.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet. I wish I could find another new book as good as Mountains of the Moon.

    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Awesome performance. They did really well at nuances.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    The end. Of course. It was annoying.

    Any additional comments?

    The problem for me was not that it was too dark. I like books about really messed up people.
    I really liked these characters. Especially since I know these kind of people. Not to the absolute extreme like Amy, but still eerily manipulative, controlling, and wickedly smart.
    So I like reading books like this because it is cathartic. Therefore, I can see that Flynn is masterful at portraying psychologically sick people. And yet, I would rather have not read the book because it just felt pointless.
    Unless there is a sequel. That didn't end like this book. Then I would read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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