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  • Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal

  • By: Noah Cicero
  • Narrated by: Sara L. Morsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Marking a significant departure from Noah Cicero's fictional and poetic works, Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal is a lucid philosophical treatise. Rather than entertain dogma, Cicero approaches a discussion of Buddhism from the refreshing perspective of the everyman, providing a profound spiritual analysis as well as a sharp critique of capitalism. There are even some pretty good ghost stories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful!

  • By James on 03-14-18

I think this book changed my life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Sara Morsey did a great read of this super entertaining, yet profound book on every day Buddhism. Not to sound dramatic, but it may have changed my life. Give it a shot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hour of the Star

  • New Directions Paperbook
  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Melissa Broder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S. M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Audiobook

  • By Jacob on 02-20-18

Melissa Broder Sounds Amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Great narration of an incredible piece of literature from CLARICE LISPECTOR. Audiobook game on point. Get this. High repeat value.

  • The Selected Poems of Li Po

  • By: Li Po, Po Li, David Hinton, and others
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Li Po (AD 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound’s translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1,200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing experience

  • By Paula on 02-10-18

Really Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Daivd Shih does a tremendous job with this material. Great for morning drives before work. Puts your mind at ease. Beautiful.

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

  • By: Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kij Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Sci Fi

  • By Tal on 10-05-17

Awesome Science Fiction Fantasy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Kij Johnson is a badass. Book won a bunch of awards and I can see why. Beautiful universe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passion According to G.H.

  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Lispector’s most shocking novel. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door - crushing the cockroach - and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So freaking good!

  • By Gordy on 04-11-18

Keep The Lispector Coming!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I can see why this book is so acclaimed. Fascinating, strange journey of the mind and spirit. All over a dead cockroach. Get this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Near to the Wild Heart

  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Morris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence. Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called "Hurricane Clarice": a 23-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!

  • By Gordy on 04-11-18

Masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Clarice Lispector is insane and wonderful, and Rebecca Morris is a great new talent. Hope to hear new book by her soon!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sophia

  • By: Michael Bible
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stillwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Reverend Maloney isn't the world's greatest spiritual advisor. He drinks gin out of his coffee cup and has sex dreams about the Holy Ghost. His best friend Eli isn't perfect either, but he's a chess genius, so Maloney sees an opportunity in traveling around the country so Eli can win major chess tournament after chess tournament (while Maloney pockets Eli's winnings).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-28-17

THIS WAS COOL!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Cool reading of a strange, and beautiful little book. Well worth the credit. Hope to read more from Michael Bible.

  • Jigsaw Youth

  • By: Tiffany Scandal
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Scandal
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Lose your best friend because you finally Came Out. Spend days driving aimlessly because there's nothing to do. Serve your rapist breakfast because you need your job. Fall asleep to gunshots and sirens because that's the only sense of home you've ever known. Hold hands with ghosts. Your life is in pieces, but you can't be broken. Wipe off the blood. Tired of being told who to be, what to wear, how to act and who to f-k. Break the rules and learn fast how to never get caught. All you need is nothing, but you're happy with your car, guitar and camera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is sick

  • By Nate Halstead on 04-10-17

Really great Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Usually authors have a hard time sounding "pro" but this book sounds great. Would love to see more by this author.

  • F-250

  • By: Bud Smith
  • Narrated by: Bud Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Lee Casey plays guitar in a noise band called Ottermeat, about to leave NJ, to try and make it in Los Angeles. For now, he's squatting in a collapsing house, working as a stone mason, driving a jacked up pickup truck that he crashes into everything. As a close friend ODs in his sleep, Lee falls into a three-way relationship with two college girls, June Doom and K Neon. F-250 is a novel equal parts about growing up and being torn apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of heart, authentic, entertaining.

  • By Listener on 05-08-17

Hell yes, so good.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Gritty, cool and lo-fi. Love this book and everything by Bud Smith. Big fan of author-read these days.

  • The Divine Magnet

  • Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

If you don't know Melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Correspondence captured!

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-22-18

Incredible Correspondence captured!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

This literally seems like it was recorded at the time. Love the attention to detail and the period dialect. Well done to the narrator. Loved it.