<p>Aaron is a big reader of literary short stories but prefers works of nonfiction when it comes to audiobooks—mostly true crime and biographies about famous dead people. Also, he’s never eaten a raspberry and at this point he never plans to.</p><p>Follow him on Twitter (if you're into that kind of thing) @EditorAaron.</p>

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Aaron Schwartz

Aaron is a big reader of literary short stories but prefers works of nonfiction when it comes to audiobooks—mostly true crime and biographies about famous dead people. Also, he’s never eaten a raspberry and at this point he never plans to.

Follow him on Twitter (if you're into that kind of thing) @EditorAaron.

Aaron's Recent Reviews

    • Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

    • A Memoir
    • By: Harrison Scott Key
    • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Phenomenal

    • By Hugh W. on 11-16-18
    • A Memoir
    • By: Harrison Scott Key
    • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 11-06-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings
    • The bomb inside of you
    • My relationship to my dreams has always been a weird one to me. There's a certain amount of confidence (and possibly some delusion?) in thinking I can do something BIG that I know I don't have in my day-to-day life. Dreams are also not static, and often take on different shapes as life changes. That was something I didn't really expect to happen to me, but it did, and that's the part of this memoir I related to most. Congratulations, Who Are You Again? is right up my alley—it's filled with self-deprecating humor, honesty, and meditations on a lifetime pursuit of what could be and all of the failures along the way. If you've ever wanted to do or be something that felt bigger than yourself, then this is a listen for you.
    • American Prison

    • A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
    • By: Shane Bauer
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Shane Bauer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 104

    After working as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison, Shane Bauer wrote an exposé about his experiences. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Disgusting

    • By Frank on 09-23-18
    • A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
    • By: Shane Bauer
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Shane Bauer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 115 ratings
    • The business of punishment
    • Shane Bauer, an award-winning investigative journalist who famously spent two years imprisoned in Iran, got a job as a corrections officer in a privately owned prison for an investigation, and it took four months before he was figured out (even though the most basic background check would’ve outed him immediately). That is just a small example of the kind of oversight and bad work Shane describes in this book. Over the course of his stint hiding in plain sight as a prison guard, Bauer witnessed the true ugliness of the for-profit business of privately owned and operated prisons. Along with detailing his experience there, he also explores the horrible, but sadly true, history of these institutions in our country that began as a new "legal" form of slavery after the Civil War and, the author argues, still function the same way. American Prison won’t leave you feeling great and hopeful about our country’s institutions, but it’s a listen that’s worth your attention.
    • Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine

    • Stories
    • By: Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Johanna Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, Kevin Wilson’s first story collection in nearly a decade, Wilson combines his signature quirkiness with his keen eye for emotional complexity to explore the fraught relationship between parents and children....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just awful

    • By Shoby Maranto on 12-03-18
    • Stories
    • By: Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Johanna Parker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 08-07-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 14 ratings
    • Baby, you’re gonna like these stories
    • I’m just going to jump headfirst into my thesis here: Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine will be one the best short story collections you will listen to this year. Kevin Wilson has written a completely bizarre, dark, and funny book with a lot of heart. The characters in each story are complicated, flawed people at their worst just trying to do their best, and for me, that’s literary candy. Wilson doesn’t shy away from the ugly and, within one scene, will show you the good, the bad, and the straight up weird parts of our social programming. Before this, I had never read or listened to anything by Wilson before, but I’ll tell you what: If Perfect Little World and The Family Fang are as good as this, count me in.
    • A Terrible Country

    • A Novel
    • By: Keith Gessen
    • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother, Dima, insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interested in Russia?

    • By Jon Appleton on 07-18-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Keith Gessen
    • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 07-10-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 165 ratings
    • Come for the story, stay for the narration
    • The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the quote from George Saunders on the cover. If he refers to your work as "a cause for celebration," you can bet on the fact that I’m going to give it a listen. It turns out he was right (of course). There’s a lot to like about this story—not the least of which being the timeliness of the subject matter and the deadpan humor delivered by our protagonist, a wayward 33-year-old returning to his birth country to care for his grandmother. But what made this story work for me was the narration. Ari Fliakos, a favorite narrator here at Audible, brings Gessen's writing alive with his seamless transitions between American and Russian accents throughout the story. He nails every single beat in the dialogue and for that alone, this is a credit-worthy title.
    • Call Me American

    • A Memoir
    • By: Abdi Nor Iftin
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 117

    Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By Nicole Nation on 06-29-18
    • A Memoir
    • By: Abdi Nor Iftin
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 06-19-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 127 ratings
    • A story of our time
    • “The American Dream” is an elusive concept that we all have our own definition of. For Abdi Nor Iftin, his American Dream was just that—a dream of one day being an American. Iftin grew up in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, and was drawn to American culture from an early age. The only problem was that his celebration of the West in a city overrun by a radical Islamist group could have had fatal consequences. Call Me American is a timely and important memoir about his life in Mogadishu and how he is now achieving his dream of being an American. There isn’t a hidden political agenda here. There’s just a true story about a man who wanted a better life, and regardless of what side of the aisle you stand on, I think we can all understand that.
    • Robin

    • By: Dave Itzkoff
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

    Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oh Robin...

    • By Leigh on 05-24-18
    • By: Dave Itzkoff
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 05-15-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478 ratings
    • A legend remembered
    • Last fall, I caught a few minutes of Aladdin on TV. Probably like everyone else my age, it was my first introduction to Robin Williams. I loved that movie a ton when I was a child and wore out the tape on that VHS, but now I finally fully appreciate how remarkable and unique a performance it was. Along with all his work on stage and screen, Robin also had a special place here at Audible as the first person to have their own original talk show on our platform. He’s remembered at this company as family—a sentiment that, according to stories in this biography, seems to be shared amongst everyone who knew him. Detailing his successes and mistakes, both personal and professional, Itzkoff’s Robin is a beautiful and sympathetic illustration of a complicated man who changed comedy and entertainment forever.
    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 805

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping despite the minutiae

    • By Sarah on 06-06-08
    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 12-29-02
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,220 ratings
    • A classic for good reason
    • Moby Dick is one of the most beloved and hated on novels in the American literary canon, but there is no arguing its status as a classic—a delineation it has earned. Melville’s story is about so much more than a vengeful old man hunting down the whale responsible for the loss of his leg. It’s a story about existence, fate, race, and man’s place in nature. There’s a reason everyone knows the title even if they’ve never read it. Its impact on the world is undeniable. For instance, did you know that Starbucks got its name from a character in the novel? In fact, it was originally going to be named the Pequod, the name of Ahab’s ship. I’m serious. Go look it up. And after you look it up, give the book a listen.
    • You Think It, I'll Say It

    • Stories
    • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 522
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 455
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 456

    Throughout the 10 stories in You Think It, I'll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Read Just One

    • By Gretchen SLP on 08-04-18
    • Stories
    • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 522 ratings
    • Sittenfeld writes it, I’ll listen to it
    • I love a good collection of short stories, but ever since starting here at Audible I’ve filled my library with mostly novels or nonfiction. I’ve been hesitant about listening to short fiction books because I wasn’t sure how that well the format would translate to audio. Well, as most people in my life would tell you, this is not the first thing I’ve ever been very wrong about. You Think It, I’ll Say It works perfectly in audio. Sittenfeld has written a collection of stories that feels and sounds really relevant to our world right now. The relationships, conflicts, and the dialogue are so true to this moment in time that, for someone like myself who reads mostly older work, this was a nice switch up. With mentions of current political issues and the social media-centric world we live in, I can’t remember the last book I encountered that felt this “in the moment.”
    • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

    • A Memoir
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,978
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,555

    Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It is what it says it is

    • By Rick on 03-10-09
    • A Memoir
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 07-29-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,978 ratings
    • When running meets writing
    • Award-winning fiction writer and literary master Haruki Murakami details his four-month long preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon with the thoughtfulness and eloquence that has earned him high praise and acclaim in the writing world for decades. Even if you aren’t a runner or aren’t familiar with Murakami’s work, this is such a solid piece if nonfiction that it doesn’t even matter.