Kyle Souza, Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Kyle Souza

Quick-witted, eager, outgoing. Kyle’s go-to listens deal with the consequences of human nature: history, politics, religion, and true crime. His favorite pastime is taking long walks with his dogs while devouring a great story from Audible, of course.

Kyle's Recent Reviews

    • The Red and the Blue

    • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
    • By: Steve Kornacki
    • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
    • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history - the 1990s - whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply marvelous

    • By Hector Gonzalez on 10-04-18
    • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
    • By: Steve Kornacki
    • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
    • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 10-02-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 166 ratings
    • Required Listening for the 2018 Midterms
    • Our current brand of political polarization is not new, and though at times it might seem we are more divided than ever, political correspondent Steve Kornacki (NBC and MSNBC) holds nothing back about how the 1990s have come to define our nation’s party politics in 2018. Centered around two ambitious, Southern, political players from both sides of the aisle—Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich—The Red and the Blue has a classic narrative nonfiction style that makes it a must listen for anyone from hardcore political junkies to anyone who is simply interested in garnering some solid political talking points to bring up at their next dinner party. Put this at the top of your wish list as we race toward the midterms; there are few better primers for the debates to come in 2018.
    • Katerina

    • By: James Frey
    • Narrated by: James Frey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    From the New York Times best-selling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • James Frey Fans Will Appreciate this Book

    • By Wendi on 09-12-18
    • By: James Frey
    • Narrated by: James Frey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 09-11-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings
    • Don't call it a comeback
    • Yes. This novel is a cliché. One where an aspiring young writer journeys to Paris, languishes as he struggles to write the "great American novel," falls for a beautiful model in the City of Love, and so on the story goes. But I happen to love a good cliché when told as well as James Frey does here. It gave me some serious The Sun Also Rises vibes, just with more phenomenal pacing that gets your heart rate up while listening, with the author’s voice driving. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, so I’ll make this brief, but I also shed a few tears at the end. It’s that good. My advice? Make this your next listen. You don't have to call it a comeback, but this is the James Frey writing that captivated so many when A Million Little Pieces first came out.
    • Tragedy Plus Time

    • By: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Narrated by: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver, Colorado, to a writer and performer with a burgeoning career in comedy.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Powerful.... Just WOW!

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-22-18
    • By: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Narrated by: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 08-21-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 127 ratings
    • A much needed memoir about a family’s love and mental health
    • It may be taboo to talk about how nice it was to read a book that spoke to my "struggle" growing up as a privileged, suburban white male. But I am who I am and my family, like Adam’s, has dealt with issues of mental health and the heartbreak that comes with it. I laughed and cried often during this listen, and Tragedy + Time does something I have not seen in a while: it turns the severity of discussing mental illness on its head in a beautifully comedic way while still honoring the grief of horrible loss. This is a great listen for anyone who has had to unfortunately watch someone they love suffer, or who has suffered themselves, and it serves as a reminder that family is one of the greatest gifts we all have to overcome tragedy. It is at the very, very top of a short list for my best book of 2018.
    • To the Bridge

    • A True Story of Motherhood and Murder
    • By: Nancy Rommelmann
    • Narrated by: Nancy Rommelmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 204

    On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult subject matter; not a fan of the writing style nor narration

    • By DS on 07-07-18
    • A True Story of Motherhood and Murder
    • By: Nancy Rommelmann
    • Narrated by: Nancy Rommelmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 225 ratings
    • Mother-child murders are not always what they seem
    • Great true crime transcends the basic story it is telling by shedding light on the darkest sides of our human nature. To the Bridge succeeds in that endeavor many times over. This story is absolutely not for the faint of heart, it’s a tearjerker, and while the tagline on the cover of this audiobook reads “A True Story of Motherhood and Murder” I only believe half of that to be true. It is absolutely a story of murder but chalking this up to a failure of a mother alone - regardless of the tragic fact that she threw both of her children off an Oregon bridge - is to only tell half of the story; a story in which both parents failed to meet their obligations to their children, and in the end created a toxic environment that led to the downfall of a family.
    • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

    • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
    • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377

    In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • riveting

    • By T. Pratt on 03-12-18
    • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
    • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 410 ratings
    • Southern Gothic
    • In Mississippi, where the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow still looms large, two men, armed with phony forensics, manipulated the judicial system for decades. As a result, scores of individuals were wrongfully convicted – and only a small number of them have been exonerated to this day. Listening to this book, riveted, I learned how much of our collective understanding of the “science” behind blood splatter and bite-mark analysis is just plain wrong. Balko and Tucker truly opened my eyes to how broken our criminal justice system is, at a most basic level, all across the nation. This is a master class in nonfiction writing that weaves narrative elements with wide-lens historical details, leading you down a path to real-life action on the learnings. We predict a donation to the Innocence Project the second you finish listening.
    • Room to Dream

    • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 310
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 308

    An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family - adapted by David Lynch from the print book especially for this audio program....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Room to Dream is peachy keen!

    • By The Walking Dude on 07-04-18
    • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 06-19-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 334 ratings
    • Calling all David Lynch fanatics!
    • I became a huge Lynch fan after discovering Twin Peaks with my college roommate. I fell in love with the polarity of human nature at the heart of his works, and I binged as much it as I could find. It was a revelation to finally hear about his life -- Lynch is notoriously private, and the fact that this memoir even exists (much less in his own voice) is cause for celebration. There are classic auto-biographical tropes here, like how often finding your passion in life is a struggle that can be overcome with dedication and a little luck, but that’s not what makes this an instant classic. What makes it unique and memorable is that Kristine McKenna (a former Los Angeles Times journalist) and Lynch take turns telling specific time periods in Lynch’s life. While McKenna shines in her own way, Lynch’s stream-of-consciousness writing style, coupled with his narration is why Room to Dream is ideal for the audiobook format. It truly feels like you are having a conversation, over some damn fine coffee, with one of the greatest artistic minds of our time.
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • By: Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,043
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024

    This poetic, graceful love story celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ruby Dee is amazing

    • By Jennifer on 04-20-13
    • By: Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835 ratings
    • Kicking myself for waiting until now…
    • Zora Neale Hurston’s prose is life-changing, and her words have passed the test of time with flying colors. The themes of race and gender roles - particularly those of women – that abound in Their Eyes Were Watching God are as important now as they arguably have ever been. I am a little upset with myself for not checking this out earlier in my life; maybe I would have been inspired to be more of a fiction listener than the non-fiction obsessive I am. That’s how good she is. Now, please excuse me while I start listening to every work she has ever written. I have some catching up to do.
    • Sh*tshow!

    • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
    • By: Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    In the fall of 2013 Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and made a simple but prophetic claim: The American people were at breaking point....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Official Credentials!!

    • By SuZieCoyote on 06-21-18
    • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
    • By: Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 05-22-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 222 ratings
    • America, The Beautiful… Or, Maybe Not
    • Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestseller (Detroit: An American Autopsy) Charlie LeDuff, one of my favorite writers, is at it again in this unvarnished look at what the American Dream means in the modern age. A tour-de-force of gonzo journalism, Sh*tshow! does not take sides in the political conversation - I’m pretty sure LeDuff hates both equally. Rather, it puts on full display how people are experiencing the ill-effects of decisions made by those in power from sea to shining sea. This is politics in its most visceral form.
    • Caddyshack

    • The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
    • By: Chris Nashawaty
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238

    Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

    • By William M. on 07-01-18
    • The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
    • By: Chris Nashawaty
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 263 ratings
    • The birth of modern satire — with a side of drugs
    • With personalities like Doug Kenney, Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, and Bill Murray involved, Caddyshack is one of those movies that comedy nerds everywhere hail as one of the best. Part origin story of the seminal humor magazine National Lampoon and part look inside the making of one of the funniest endeavors ever to grace the silver screen, Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story is a must-listen for anyone who is a fan of comedy. While devotees of the movie will certainly be drawn to the nuts-and-bolts retelling of how the movie came to be – which was a drug-infused trainwreck to be sure – even casual fans will enjoy the look inside the cultural shifts of the 1970s that saw the rise of a brand of entertainment that has become a staple in pop culture decades later.
    • Gamebreaker with Keith Olbermann

    • By: Keith Olbermann
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The latest Audible Original series "GameBreaker with Keith Olbermann" brings listeners inside the experience of athletes who can teach us lessons far beyond sports....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Binge Listen

    • By Anonymous User on 05-25-18
    • By: Keith Olbermann
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 03-08-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings
    • Meticulously reported, riveting stories on sports, truth, and consequences
    • In this groundbreaking Original Series from Audible, Keith Olbermann introduces us to fascinating stories that go beyond the typical, disposable Monday-morning watercooler chatter. This fearless series unearths stories such as the surprising mammal that inspired one swimmer all the way to a gold medal, how traumatic brain injuries are not just an issue in the NFL, and the role social media played after a horrific, highly publicized sexual assault in the small Ohio town of Steubenville. GameBreaker illuminates the humanity beneath the throwaway headlines you see in the sports section.
    • The Line Becomes a River

    • Dispatches from the Border
    • By: Francisco Cantú
    • Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: His mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a powerful message

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-01-18
    • Dispatches from the Border
    • By: Francisco Cantú
    • Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 328 ratings
    • “For one brief moment, I forgot in which country I stood.” - Francisco Cantú
    • Growing up in Arizona, the border between Mexico and the United States was something that I thought I knew well; however, this personal and moving account of one man’s experience working the border proved otherwise. In The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantú illustrates his life through a series of short and extremely humanizing anecdotes, both as a border patrol agent and as a man who had meaningful—and at times heartbreaking—relationships on both sides. The lyrical passages bring the border to the ears of the listener, and are perfectly juxtaposed with historical context and personal family stories that can only come from someone as closely tied to the border as Cantú. If you are looking for a haunting and beautiful listen that will stick with you long after you are finished, this should be at the top of your wish list.