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  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

pretty darn funny

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

If you like David Spade -- or you're a hip boomer slash gen-x-er -- (especially if you grew up in LA, like I did) you'll love this quick, snarky take on the way the world has evolved. It's funny!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pocket Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Crawford
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 919

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor, Celia, is brutally murdered. To Dana's horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death. Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best "who done it" this year!!!

  • By Diana on 03-24-15

Oh, balderdash!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Repetitive, flat and uninspiring writing with cardboard characters who are one-dimensional and predictable. Sound the gong!

  • The Revenant

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,428

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • solid entertainment

  • By jude butler on 07-11-15

Saw the movie, then listened to the book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

....and together, they're wholly entertaining. Both Punke and Graham do an excellent job of putting the reader right in the middle of the action, which is harrowing, for sure. Then, I researched the real characters on yee ole internet and now I know everything there is to know about fur trappin' in early 'murica. . :-) Seriously, enjoyed it quite a bit!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,664

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Gift Yourself The Girl with All the Gifts

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Narrator Finty Williams is nothing short of spellbinding as she tells us M.R. Carey's uniquely human story about "the others" that is so addictive you may not get a thing done for 13 hours, forced to listen until the end. The tale is inventive, thoughtful, fresh and wholly satisfying. Don't be afraid: just hit add to my cart.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,975

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Introspective story that's not very deep!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

It was easy to get hooked by BEFORE THE FALL because, like the universal creepy feeling wondering if the boogie man is under your bed, many of us have conjectured what it would be like if the plane we were flying on crashed. Adding to the "hook-ability" of the tale are the exquisite details -- that swim! -- and the contemporary take on society driven by the tabloid media seemed spot on.

What bugged was how the protagonist had "deep thoughts" about life, love, family, art, death, class and privacy but they were shot through with glib, shallow musings. I wish Mr. Hawley had just stuck to the facts: here's what happens when a plane falls out of the sky.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,578

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

No wonder HBO is turning this into a series!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Dive right into the world of family weirdness, inappropriate secret-keeping, meddling, mayhem and mystery. Not sure I'll ever be able to separate Caroline Lee and Liane Moriarty because the first was born to read the second's words and boy, does Moriarty give Lee something to spin for us. Yippee-ki-yay!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Missoula

  • Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165

From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana - stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Without Consent

  • By Cynthia on 05-02-15

Two crazy things get exposed in this book

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

First of all, despite the title, this book really is not about Missoula, Montana. Nor is it about the godlike status of college football reigning over small town society.

It's about the perfect storm of young men wanting to have sex and young women not knowing how to stop it when they get themselves into a situation they feel they have no control over. The crazy thing is that most non-stranger rapists would not consider forcing themselves on an unwilling young woman as "rape." And when (relatively) sexually inexperienced women are raped, their natural reaction is often to blame themselves, the combination of which does not set a healthy standard for consensual sex. It's bewilderingly sad and as we see in Krakauer's account, life-ruining for everyone involved.

Compounding that is how contentious our legal system is. In order for a man accused of rape to be fairly represented by an attorney, he has to attempt to defame the victim, which is doubly upsetting in a non-stranger rape case. The victim is raked over the coals by someone she trusted. It's gut wrenching to hear about.

How is a jury or a cop or a friend ever to know what really happened when a victim reports a rape? There are so many unexplained behaviors that defy logical thinking but at the end of the day, this is a crime that goes unthwarted every day and has since the dawn of time.

"Missoula" is written in meticulous detail, uncovering basic and complex nuances that gave me plenty to think about afterwards. Mozhan Marno delivers Krakauer's story in steadfast, crisp tones that bring the reader right into the turmoil of human interaction, both publically and during frightening intimacy. Definitely worth the listen.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Sister

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,542

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I can't think of anything more predictable...

  • By Carol-Ann on 04-09-15

Repetitive self-doubt-then-final-redemption fare

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-15

What did you like best about The Silent Sister? What did you like least?

Best: Susan Bennett
Least: writing is too mainstream, not creative

Has The Silent Sister turned you off from other books in this genre?

'Fraid so.

What does Susan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a gifted, natural ability to tell a story from varied viewpoints and make the characters as believable as possible.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

All the men are bad guys in this novel. Ain't nobody got time for that.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I liked it more

  • By Deborah on 03-05-15

Black Lives Matter -- or do they?

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Why are so many of us okay with letting cops ignore gang murders and contently grateful that it's not us who are being shot at? After listening to the statistics in this book (which will stun you) and contemplating that I grew up mere miles from where this story takes place, this book made me recall with clarity how my parents eventually detoured around familiar streets we once traveled through without fear...as if steering clear of "bad areas" is an okay solution to rampant homicide. Society's disdain for poor neighborhoods and the people who live in them combined with a police force that looks the other way instead of providing safety for its citizens is an epidemic we need to take control of now. Right now.

I *do* wish the narrator had been better, though. She's almost a deal breaker but the prose, research and unflinching journalism kept me glued to the story.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,063

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Brilliant narration made the story come alive!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I kept picturing this as a movie; it's written with sounds and smells and an inner dialogue that compels the listener to keep "watching." My suggestion is that you don't judge it by its whodunnit quotient but by its entertainment value and its ability to take your imagination on an 11-hour ride.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful