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Lavina K.

Curious, creative, chirpy. Lavina loves listening to nerdy nonfiction. When she’s in the mood for fluff, she reaches for funny memoirs, beachy thrillers, and historical fiction. Really, though, she’ll listen to almost anything as long as the main characters don’t die in the end!

Lavina's Recent Reviews

    • America for Beginners

    • A Novel
    • By: Leah Franqui
    • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    Pival Sengupta has done something she never expected: She has booked a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company. But unlike other upper-class Indians on a foreign holiday, the recently widowed Pival is not interested in sightseeing....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator did not suit me

    • By Sarah Drummond on 08-05-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Leah Franqui
    • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 07-24-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 153 ratings
    • A charming tale of travel and transformation
    • This is, quite possibly, one of the best books I’ve listened to so far this year. On the surface, it’s about unlikely travel companions on a tour across the country, but the real story is in the quiet transformations the characters undergo while learning about themselves and one another. Together, they confront their respective burdens of loss, repression, unfulfilled dreams, intercultural and intergenerational conflict, and ignorance of the world beyond their own little corner. And yet, for all their baggage, the narrative remains light, airy, and optimistic—as does Soneela Nankani’s narration. Looking for a vacation listen with substance to travel with this summer? This is the one.
    • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

    • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
    • By: Darrell Hammond
    • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

    • By Karen on 08-12-18
    • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
    • By: Darrell Hammond
    • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 08-07-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 167 ratings
    • Spoken like a true comedian
    • I braced myself for the pain this memoir promised (or threatened), but getting to know one of my favorite SNL cast members of all time seemed worth the risk. In the SNL seasons I’ve watched, Darrell Hammond takes the cake for versatility, becoming virtually unrecognizable as himself in almost every disguise he's worn over the years. My favorite, of course, is his Sean Connery in Celebrity Jeopardy (sorry, Bill Clinton). And while I was tangentially aware of the fact that beneath those disguises was a survivor of abuse who struggled with addiction, to hear him open up about the lows he overcame on his road to recovery has been a rewarding and as you'd expect from Hammond, entertaining emotional journey.
    • Brotopia

    • Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    • By: Emily Chang
    • Narrated by: Emily Chang
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273

    For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasy land of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Critical Read

    • By Cheryl B. McDonald on 05-17-18
    • Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    • By: Emily Chang
    • Narrated by: Emily Chang
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 316 ratings
    • Insightful, Infuriating, and Important
    • Last year, Hidden Figures got me started on biography binge, devouring every book I could find on the accomplishments of trailblazing women in STEM. They left me inspired, empowered, and somewhat confused – how did the tech industry go from being built by the likes of Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper to the dire state of imbalance and discrimination that exists today? In Brotopia, Emily Chang answers that very question. She picks up where those stories left off, telling us exactly how women were systematically shut out a field that they helped create. The book has been making waves for exposing some of Silicon Valley’s more salacious practices – think “optional” team bonding events and career-defining fundraising meetings set at strip clubs and in hot tubs. However, what really sets it apart are its revelations about the subtle and sometimes even unintentional forms of exclusion and intimidation. The little things - putting tech toys in the "boys' section" of the toy store until far too recently, universities choosing a provocative photo from Playboy as the standard rubric for whether or not students have built a successful image compression algorithm - these are the insights that make Brotopia the perfect read for a generation trying to change the norms that have necessitated the #MeToo movement.
    • No Matter the Wreckage

    • By: Sarah Kay
    • Narrated by: Sarah Kay
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 55

    No Matter the Wreckage presents listeners with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • beautiful. pertinent. real.

    • By Courtney on 04-23-18
    • By: Sarah Kay
    • Narrated by: Sarah Kay
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 09-15-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 60 ratings
    • The Perfect Words for Everything You’ve Ever Felt
    • I cannot thank one of my office book club buddies enough for picking this little gem. In a word, it’s therapeutic. Sarah masterfully revives memories of experiences that we all had, but don’t quite remember how they made us feel. It’s not just love and loss, but your first sighting of a jellyfish. The sound of your favorite teacher’s voice. The first time you saw one of your parents cry. Combined with a performance that is the perfect mix warmth, wonder, and wisdom, her words capture the magic in even the most mundane moments of her life and make you realize how much magic you’ve overlooked in your own.
    • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

    • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
    • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,957
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951

    If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging and funny

    • By Jean on 04-06-17
    • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
    • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 03-21-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240 ratings
    • A D.C. Memoir of a Different Sort
    • Alyssa is equal parts wise owl and laugh-out-loud hilarity, penning a standout in a sea of political memoirs. Who else could make meetings with the Department of Defense and OEM as compelling as run-ins with the Pope, the Queen, and Mr. Darcy himself?