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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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  • They Called Me Number One

  • Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
  • By: Bev Sellars
  • Narrated by: Bev Sellars
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Like thousands of Aboriginal children in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavored to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline. In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame on Church and State

  • By Susie on 08-22-17

Shame on Church and State

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

"Few people know anything about the collaboration of church and state to destroy races of people and cultures, genocide in the name of god."

Bev Sellars' often brutal testimony, gives insight into the cycle of poverty of indigenous peoples in Canada and (as she says) the United states, and even into Australia. She shows how dehumanization and cultural obliteration are passed down through generations.

She asks, "Is it possible to make others feel what I once felt?" The answer is yes. Her grandmotherly storyteller voice made me feel like I was hearing personal family history that I needed for my own survival.

Kindnesses shine like stars, but the bleakness is shameful and will be among the list of books that bolster my fight against systematic oppression.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Art of Being a Grown Up

  • Tips, Tricks, and Perks No One Thought to Tell You
  • By: Bridget Watson Payne
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-size bursts of advice abound in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-ups we all wanted to be as kids. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can make a life upgrade using these insights alongside the traits they already have - their wits, creativity, and enthusiasm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be the Adult your Childhood Self Imagined

  • By Susie on 06-15-17

Be the Adult your Childhood Self Imagined

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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: 06-15-17

Perhaps you've heard the term "adulting," the concept of carrying out the obligations of adulthood that you'd rather not have. Well let's all celebrate the joys of being a Grown Up. The focus here is how to get the most out of life and maximize your fun.

Sure you need to learn how to budget and pay off your debts (and there is excellent advice for it here) but you also get to decide where to go to dinner and how long to stay out.

This book has lots of smart advice— even if you've been doing this for years. Find some joy in your privilege.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,181

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

An excellent new reading.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Danes' performance and the exceptional new post-script, along with the author's illuminating words make this a real and important addition to the history of this remarkable and once again timely tale. Hats off to the author and to Audible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk

  • And Other Truths About Being Creative
  • By: Danielle Krysa
  • Narrated by: Danielle Krysa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces 10 truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success - fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others - and explains how to navigate roadblock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Covered In Less Than 3 Hours But--

  • By Gillian on 04-10-18

Kick Your Inner Critic to the Curb

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

This audiobook is funny, full of lots of good advice to get your creative juices flowing, and an excellent means of procrastinating when it's time to be creative.

Who are you creative for? Do we create for an audience or ourselves? Danielle Krysa gives the tools, prompts and advice to get us out there and create for the sake of doing it. Stuck in a rut? Make a macaroni collage-- just get to it.

She gives your inner critic a swift kick in the pants while encouraging you to get on with it. I loved the interviews with working artists that let me know that EVERYONE has doubts about their abilities and can find an excuse to not create.

"Your Inner Critic Is a Big Fat Jerk" is genuinely helpful and is well and sincerely read by the author.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Lithium Jesus

  • A Memoir of Mania
  • By: Charles Monroe-Kane
  • Narrated by: Charles Monroe-Kane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Charles Monroe-Kane is a natural raconteur, and boy, does he have stories to tell. Born into an eccentric Ohio clan of modern hunter-gatherers, he grew up hearing voices in his head. Over a dizzying two decades, he was many things - teenage faith healer, world traveler, smuggler, liberation theologian, ladder-maker, squatter, halibut hanger, grifter, environmental warrior, and circus manager - all the while wrestling with schizophrenia and self-medication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Storytelling

  • By Susie on 09-22-16

Masterful Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

This audiobook! I couldn't stop until the end. Whew.

Kane's a genius storyteller and performs this memoir with glee at life's folly, and sympathy for the pain. Shocking moments nestle up against the ridiculous.

When at Jesus camp, he hears that the chorus of Pentecostals speaking in tongues match the the voices that have been frightening him in his head, he dives in deep. He travels the world as pint sized charismatic preacher and faith healer, his own belief at odds with other's belief in him.

When his doubt overtakes his faith, he turns to activism with equal zeal, until he discovers that those voices he'd been hearing can be quieted with lithium. It's a wild ride.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • What's It Like in Space?

  • Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There
  • By: Ariel Waldman
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Everyone wonders what it's really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts - men and women who've actually been there - who have returned with accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny, and awe-inspiring sensations and realities of being in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything There Is to Know

  • By Susie on 08-25-16

Everything There Is to Know

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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: 08-25-16

This short audiobook has all the details about the actual experience of being in space, from mundane logistical details to elevated thoughts and emotions.

It's going to get you through the next space-themed cocktail hour and make you queen of the party. When you're done regaling the crowd that has grown around you with the minutia of why there's no soda in space, and whether or not, in space, one can propel oneself by fart-power, people will be one hundred percent convinced you spent a year on the ISS.

Now, whenever a person sneezes in your presence you can tell them that a large part of astronaut training involves learning to direct your sneezes down. And when you go to a resort and are handed a towel you can mention that, in space, a towel is something one must carry at all times to wipe away the sweat and snot that forms in globules on your skin, but does not float away.

Be a space expert. Now!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Diva Rules

  • Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top
  • By: Michelle Visage
  • Narrated by: Michelle Visage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva's not only glamorous, she's a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the '90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Grow Up & Screw Up"

  • By Empress Karen on 07-02-16

Love and Hard Truths

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Michelle Visage dishes love and hard truths in equal measure. She's a great storyteller, recounting her days on the NYC club scene, and climbing into showbiz on talent, bravado, and determination. She is telling you right now, with love in your heart and a willingness to work your ass off, you can do anything.

I must give a special appreciation for Michelle's narration here. She takes no prisoners, performing this like a one woman show. She's hilarious, inspiring and dare I say? Fabulous!

I loved this frank, positive, self-help manual from a total diva.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Inventors

  • A Memoir
  • By: Peter Selgin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the Fall of 1970, at the start of eighth grade, Peter Selgin fell in love with the young teacher who'd arrived from Oxford wearing Frye boots, with long blond hair and a passion for his students that was as intense as it was rebellious. The son of an emotionally remote inventor, Peter was also a twin competing for the attention and affection of his parents. He had a burning need to feel special. The new teacher supplied that need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating story, gracefully told

  • By Susie on 08-23-16

A fascinating story, gracefully told

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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: 08-23-16

"What do we remember? What do we know? Are knowledge and memory the same? Just because we remember something, does that mean we know it? Is memory something we possess, like knowledge, or is it something we do—an act?"

A memoir needn't always hinge on what happened, it can be thought provoking to simply know by what trail a writer came to where he is. In this memoir Peter Selgin is insightful with a gift for description that would have kept me through the whole book. But, WHAT A STORY.

As an adult, Selgin found that the two most influential figures in his life, his father and a mentor teacher, were fabulists. His father was not a lapsed catholic Italian with an accent he'd gained from living in England, and his mentor was not a Native American poet/activist. They were both keeping an invented front for the world. When everything he knows shifts memory, a reckoning is due. I'm glad it happened to this particular writer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The First Third & Other Writings

  • By: Neal Cassady
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel, On the Road, Neal Cassady was infamous for his unstoppable energy and his overwhelming charm, his savvy hustle and his devil-may-care attitude. A treasured friend and traveling companion of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey, to name just some of his cohorts on the beatnik path, Cassady lived life to the fullest, ready for inspiration at any turn. Here are his autobiographical writings, the rambling American saga of a free man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where would we be without Neal Cassady?

  • By Susie on 08-22-16

Where would we be without Neal Cassady?

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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: 08-22-16

Where would we be without Neal Cassady? There would be no "On the Road,” "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Electric Kool Aid Acid Test,” or "Fear and Loathing."

There had never been a muse like Cassady in American literature, never. This is his story. This is his family.

TIP: Start on Audio Chapter #3, the first two chapters are others talking about the book. I like to start right with *his* voice.

Neal Cassady's legendary charisma comes through in every line.This is his only published book. It’s a story of depression era squalor that will stick in the craw of every person shouting "Make America great again," Cassady spins a tale for the ages. If you haven't heard this, your Beat education is incomplete.

By family background, Neal was an Okie before his wild days in Denver, San Francisco, or working the California rails. Luke Daniels' narration captures his Western voice spot-on.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rad American Women A-Z

  • Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History...and Our Future!
  • By: Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet - but instead of "A is for apple", A is for Angela - as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the civil rights movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dynamite Hit of Inspiration

  • By Susie on 08-18-16

Dynamite Hit of Inspiration

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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: 08-18-16

Written for young people, and for parents to share with their kids, "Rad American Women” is a dynamite hit of inspiration.

I guarantee there will be at least one woman on this list whose life story is new to you. I thought I was a feminist trivia queen, but the authors came up with life’s little details I had never heard of!

I finished this collection with solid fist pump.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful