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  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,596

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad it ended

  • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

Slow start but full of funny stories.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Black Unicorn to be better than the print version?

I almost never get the print version of any book anymore. I just don't have time to sit and read. The beauty of an audiobook is that I can listen and do the rest of my life at the same time.

What did you like best about this story?

Tiffany is delightfully triumphant. Celebrity memoirs can be difficult because most are not intellectuals. You can't exactly put down The Valley of Amazement (by Amy Tan) and pick this up. The works are apples and rock candy. Once you adjust to the less sophisticated writing style (and manner of speech) you'll want to root for Tiffany. She's an amazing raconteur (even if she doesn't know that word).

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She was just herself and that was just fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,932

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Delightfully Dishy

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fire and Fury to be better than the print version?

I can't compare the audio and print editions. I only purchased the audio edition. I heard that there are misprints and other sloppiness in the print version. The only problem with the audio edition is that they misprounce Corey Lewandowski's name OVER AND OVER.

What did you like best about this story?

The last third of the book was delightfully dishy and was basically everything you suspected about this White House and worse. Steve Bannon's quotes are AMAZING and gossip lovers gold!

What does Michael Wolff and Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

First of all Holter Graham sounds like Rob Lowe. I don't know what he looks like but his voice is honey to the ear. Wolff's story didn't need anything else. It was a full meal. The narration was simply the cherry on top!

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

The Bannon rants about Don Jr and Jervanka were truly fab! Liberal ear candy!

Any additional comments?

BUY THIS BOOK! Everyone is talking about it. Get this book and hear for yourself!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Changes

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancee: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier, and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good guy book

  • By betsyg on 09-20-06

Love this author, love this narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

Trooper always breaks my heart and cracks me up. His dysfunctional family reminds me of my dysfunctional family. This book does not disappoint!

  • Double Cup Love

  • On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He'd written a best-selling book and was the star of a TV show that took him to far-flung places around the globe. His New York City restaurant was humming, his OKCupid hand was strong, and he'd even hung fresh Ralph Lauren curtains to create the illusion of a bedroom in the tiny apartment he shared with his younger brother, Evan, who ran their restaurant business. Then he fell in love - and everything fell apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By nicolejoy on 06-05-16

Fresh off the boat continued

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book, but Eddie Huang doesn't disappoint. If you loved Fresh Off The Boat this book is a must listen!

  • Foreskin's Lament

  • A Memoir
  • By: Shalom Auslander
  • Narrated by: Shalom Auslander
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best memoir I have listened to in my life!

  • By Crusader on 03-06-09

Oh Shalom-I just love you

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I too left the faith of my family and I get what that journey is all about. Orly is right, they really did a number on Shalom. Auslander speaks so deeply to the pain of spiritual abuse. By Shalom Auslander's stripes I am healed. I hope you reach your promised land. I have found mine!

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Deliciously dishy!!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Some parts of this audiobook are a bit cringe worthy (sex with Hef-ewwww). Holly's book DELIVERS! She offers loads of insider information. Great, quick read!

  • When to Rob a Bank

  • ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt, Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,017

When Freakonomics was initially published, the authors started a blog - and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • this book is free on the blog and podcast.

  • By Spencer on 05-12-15

New (to me) information

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

The book was dry in spots but I powered through. The chapter about backgammon was painfully dull. The rest was delightful!

  • I Regret Nothing

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jen Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Jen Lancaster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on reinvention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she's managed to document her (and her generation's) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all - sometimes with disastrous results....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Smug Is Strong With This One

  • By T. Filowitz on 05-24-15

Jen Lancaster all grown up!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Jen Lancaster does it again! I loved this book and really appreciate the grown up version of Jen. This book imo in on par with The Tao of Martha. I expect this to become her 9th bestseller!

  • Fresh Off the Boat

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

Funny, powerful, amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

I LOVE this guy. He explains the minority experience with wit and heart. He's also hilarious! Can't wait to read it again!

  • Unorthodox

  • The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
  • By: Deborah Feldman
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world

  • By Ella on 03-10-12

I could barely tear myself away!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

I know that a lot of people have been upset by what is written in this book, but I could not put it down! deborah speaks boldly of her experiences in the community and i can offer her nothing but praise. She uplifts and inspires! I am not jewish, but i left mu fundamentalist religious community in my early 20's. I totally related to her struggle. I could not put this book down!

21 of 26 people found this review helpful