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  • Y is for Yesterday

  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

Good show!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

So glad to be back on the trail with Kinsey. Good story, good plotting, and, as ever, good narration by Judy Kaye.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,419
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106,902

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting in the same way a fiction book can be

  • By Paul on 12-17-18

Three exclamation points out of three!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Are you kidding? I am telling everyone I know to read or listen to this book, because...just because

What did you like best about this story?

Besides the wonderful wit and irony, there is a deep reflective side to the book--about South Africa, colonialism, racism, ridiculous systems and their universality. Perhaps the standout figure in the book is Mum--what a force. The last lines say it all--Jesus blessed me with a son who...The book is also a tribute to Patricia and our mothers. There is no Noah without her. I'm so glad to know them both.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

This is the best thing about this book. It was totally his voice. I don't know Trevor Noah except by word of mouth about his work on The Daily Show. Though I've read an excerpt from the book, I am so glad he performed his own work to a T. I know Trevor Noah now and I will seek him out when I can and I will definitely share this work with others.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If being born is a crime then get born and live.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lab Girl

  • By: Hope Jahren
  • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm-shifting perspective on plant life

  • By Elizabeth on 05-20-16

Beautifully written, beautifully performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Lab Girl to be better than the print version?

The audio version allows me to know the author and the depth of her investment in the work. I didn't have the time to read the book before it was due at the library. I'm so glad I got the audiobook. I'm an actor with a great admiration for audiobook performers, some of whose stage work I've admired immensely. I find audiobook narration a very special skill that not all actors can master. I'm also a lit major and horticulturist--I love books, theatre and plants. Dr. Jahren has moved me in all those areas. She writes magnificently with a clarity that makes plant science accessible and vital; she performs with generosity, something I think requires great artistic courage. Brava! I tell everyone who loves plants or science or good writing or personal journeys to read this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lab Girl?

The pregnancy-birth experience

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to think of the book in scenes. Maybe the was it goulash they finally ate on a field trip at 3 a.m.My favorites are Dr. Jahren's unique and fresh writing choices and the description of plant phenomena

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Toward the end when she writes what she would have said to Bill about his grief over losing his dad. Just her whole devotion to that very deep kinship.

Any additional comments?

I owe her a fan letter. I've rarely been as moved as I have by this book. I'd follow her as a writer or a scientist.She quoted another woman, a quote I've shared since listening to the book: "Life and love are both like butter: they don't keep and have to be made fresh each day."

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire's Crossroads

  • A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day
  • By: Carrie Gibson
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria onto what is today San Salvador, in the Bahamas, and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson traces the story of this coveted area from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba, and from discovery through colonialism to today, offering a vivid, panoramic view of this complex region and its rich, important history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most obnoxious narrators on Audible

  • By Boom Depleter on 11-27-17

Careless production mars storytelling

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I have to enjoy books by listening because of my work. I wanted to read this book in part because of the NY Times review and the recommendation of a friend. This was very disappointing. Ms. Nordlinger's narration was so carelessly executed. I found it difficult to follow this sweeping narrative. If she'd just observed punctuation, paragraphs, I might have been able to track the author's thesis. Ms. Nordlinger did not bother to learn the correct pronunciation of the many names and references in French, Spanish, Italian. Even some English words were mispronounced. This was an ordeal but I stuck it out because the work itself has merit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Slam Tale of Terror

  • By GH on 11-12-13

Great, intriguing, well-paced storytelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-16

I became a fan of Miss Swanson in Still Life... Of course Pendergast is uniquely appealing. Good to see them back together. I look forward to more of this tandem.
Wonderful characters, richly complex plotting. I wonder how Child and Preston do it. You have a new fan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful