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Phatgirl

Longmeadow, MA
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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 108,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,688
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,153

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Michelle Obama

  • By Celeste Resvaloso on 07-05-19

Well-written and insightful

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Gives insight as to what life inside the White House is like but also what it is like to be the first African-American first lady. Michelle is successful in her own right but her accomplishments are overshadowed by her husband’s. It is, therefore, refreshing to think about her as an individual and a very talented and accomplished woman in her own right.

  • Sharing the Work

  • What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)
  • By: Myra Strober
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Myra Strober became a feminist on the Bay Bridge, heading toward San Francisco. It is 1970. She has just been told by the chairman of Berkeley's economics department that she can never get tenure. Driving home afterward, wondering if she got something out of the freezer for her family's dinner, she realizes the truth: she is being denied a regular faculty position because she is a mother. Flooded with anger, she also finds her life's work: to study and fight sexism, in the workplace, in academia, and at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational!

  • By Phatgirl on 10-07-17

Inspirational!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

As a Working Mother, I could relate to so much of what Mira discusses in this book. I believe it is a must listen for both men and women.

  • Confessions of a Domestic Failure

  • By: Bunmi Laditan
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

There are good moms and bad moms - and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator overacted... first book I've returned to audible

  • By Anjali on 05-22-17

Trite But Mindlessly Entertaining

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-17

This novel is trite and predictable involving many cliches about motherhood--not great literature by any stretch of the imagination. However, despite its inanity I could not suppress the occasional giggle as I recognized dilemmas from my own motherhood journey described in the author's snarky, ironic style. The narrator's voice can be grating and if she were standing before me I would frequently feel an irresistible desire to smack her or scream, "Shut up!" While the narrator's style is clearly meant to complement Ashley's character, I think the style and intonation makes Ashley come across as a flakier and dumber than necessary. This book is best read or listened to during moments when one is completely exasperated with motherhood, has temporarily abandoned all real responsibilities and is well into the first of several alcoholic beverages.

  • Democracy Matters

  • Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
  • By: Cornel West
  • Narrated by: Cornel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Democracy Matters is Cornel West's bold and powerful critique of the troubling deterioration of democracy in America in this threatening post-9/11 age of terrorist rage and imperial overreach, and an inspiring call for a resurgence of the deep democratic tradition in our country, which has waged war on the forces of imperialist corruption throughout our history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best books...

  • By sarah on 03-05-12

A rich consideration of American democracy

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

Both intellectually rich and accessible to a general audience--a rich consideration of the American democratic tradition from an African American perspective

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  • Race Matters

  • By: Cornel West
  • Narrated by: Cornel West
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

A master teacher and preeminent analyst of America's racial dilemma bridges the gulf between races in this national best seller. Cornel West is a professor at Harvard's Divinity School and Department of Afro-American Studies. He is the author of many books, including Prophetic Fragments, and with bell hooks, Breaking Bread.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant

  • By Sam on 07-20-17

Impressive scholarship & Interesting Opinions

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

The articulateness with which Cornell West addresses contemporary American race issues is not to be equaled. Any listener can garner a greater understanding of American society and its racial issues from listening to this book.

  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Nicole Kidman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman ( Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book that will challenge you to think.

  • By Kelly on 04-23-17

Not My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I’m not a big fan of To The Lighthouse. I dislike these stories and novels that are set in a time when the middle class seems to have nothing to do but sit around and think and be artistic while servants do all the labor. The characters speak multiple languages and can play the piano and recite poetry, but for what? To keep from being bored to tears, I think. But I am bored to tears when I read about their lives and thoughts. This focus on the characters’ thoughts vs. their actions is characteristic of the modernist style, so I supposed it’s something one can read just to appreciate the style of the time, but I am not a fan. Woolf does an admirable job with character, developing a level of psychological depth that is realistic and convincing; however, like real people, most of these characters are dull, dull, dull. The most interesting part of the story to me is Mr. Ramsay’s narcissistic tendencies. He's a jerk, and it's slightly entertaining to consider why he is such a jerk and why the other characters tolerate him. It's very interesting to think about why his wife supports his boorish behavior. The novel glorifies Mrs. Ramsay the mother-wife-martyr to an extent that is mystifying considering that her greatest accomplishments are throwing memorable dinner parties and stroking her husband’s ego. I do find it interesting that this novel is reputedly somewhat autobiographical, which means that Woolf’s father was possibly narcissictic and her mother an enabler, which may have contributed to Woolf’s mental illness and eventual suicide? I find that idea MUCH more interesting than Woolf’s novel.

If you’ve listened to books by Virginia Woolf before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Woolf's other books.

What three words best describe Nicole Kidman’s voice?

Her reading is good; it's the novel that's terrible.

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

No. I can't imagine anything more boring.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didion deserves better.

  • By Victoria Wright on 01-21-13

Brilliant Writing

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

Reviewed: 01-23-13

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

Yes. Didion's writing is unmatched in its clarity, detail and wittiness. The subject matter is sometimes mundane and dated (Joan Baez, Las Vegas weddings, etc). However, the text is still engaging due to the excellence of Didion's prose. This is an especially good read for a writer who wants to see what can be done with everyday life using exceptional prose.

What other book might you compare Slouching Towards Bethlehem to and why?

Any collection of essays by E.B. White, including classics such as "Once More to the Lake." Both writers are exceptional in capturing the details of everyday life and relating them to important ideas about human nature and our culture.

Have you listened to any of Diane Keaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Diane's voice and reading style. She's great on screen or via audio.

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

Flashback to the 60s--Real Life Is Crazier Than Fiction

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Next Time

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Jesse L. Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,416
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,386

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with this eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Sadly Relevant

  • By Steve M on 03-20-16

A Classic Analysis of Race & American Culture

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

Where does The Fire Next Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 25% of audiobooks I've listened to, partially because race and ethnicity in America is a special interest of mine.

What did you like best about this story?

It's not really a story, more an analysis of American culture and race relations in the 1960s. Baldwin is clever, witty and entertaining even listening to him now, over 40 years later.

Have you listened to any of Jesse L. Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't pay much attention to the person reading. I focus more on the text itself, but I thought this was a good reading.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It's interesting that a lot of the problems that faced black Americans in the 1960s still face black America today. There has been a lot of progress, but race is still a significant cultural force in America today.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,386
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,461

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-12

Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

Great story of the resilience of human beings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist was really the only character who one could follow throughout the story.

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

You an listen while you do other things.

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

When the men were in a life raft starving and fighting off sharks.