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  • The Killing of Tupac Shakur

  • By: Cathy Scott
  • Narrated by: Elise Black
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Poet, movie star, revolutionary - Tupac Amaru Shakur was the most popular rapper in the world. No one symbolized the violence at the heart of gangsta rap more than Tupac, and he ultimately fell victim to that violence, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at the age of 25. This raw, no-holds-barred account discloses new information about the unsolved murder of Tupac: the failed investigation, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, and the many possible motives leading to the murder that rocked the music world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead of alive, Tupac lives on.

  • By Maria Becker on 10-11-18

Great biography

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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: 10-10-18

This really told the true and often misunderstood story of Tupac Shakur's life and death. The author doesn't pull any punches about his crimes but she also tells you about his gifts and his enormous potential which was so quickly snuffed out. This is a very good bio for anyone who wants to know more about this very talented young man. *****

  • Idiophone

  • By: Amy Fusselman
  • Narrated by: Amy Fusselman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Leaping from ballet to quiltmaking and from the The Nutcracker to an Annie-B Parson interview, Idiophone is a strikingly original meditation on risk-taking and provocation in art and a unabashedly honest, funny, and intimate consideration of art-making in the context of motherhood, and motherhood in the context of addiction. Amy Fusselman’s compact, beautifully digressive essay feels both surprising and effortless, fueled by broad-ranging curiosity, and, fundamentally, joy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff!

  • By James on 10-10-18

Great stuff!

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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: 10-10-18

Really glad I decided to check this out. Amy Fusselman is a heck of a writer, and I can't wait to hear more from her!

  • The Garbage Times/White Ibis

  • Two Novellas
  • By: Sam Pink
  • Narrated by: Tom Fria
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

A baby rat freed from the bottom of a dumpster becomes a white ibis wandering the wet driveway after a storm. Goodbye, hello, goodbye. It was the garbage times; it was time for something else. A tale of two tales, connected by a mysterious sunlit portal.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hell yes!

  • By Kris on 09-02-18

Badass story

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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: 08-31-18

Really enjoyed this one. Funny, dark, beautiful, gritty. Gonna check out some more from this guy. *****

  • Old Open

  • By: Alex Higley
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Aging widower Russ Lanaker knows he doesn't know his neighbors - but when he finds out one of them was witness to, and career expert on, the strange UFO phenomenon known as the Phoenix Lights, he realizes that's a situation he'd like to change. What follows is an odyssey out of his air-conditioned comfort zone, through the sun-baked Arizona suburbs, and onto the franchise-lined (and not-so-great) American road. In an existential style reminiscent of Don DeLillo, but with the humor and heart of a Coen Brothers film, Alex Higley takes us along as Russ strikes out in search of knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such an amazing gem!

  • By Kris on 04-30-18

Loved it!!

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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: 08-31-18

Such an awesome story from an interesting perspective. The narrator blew me away! Looking forward to more from Mr. Higley.

  • Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas

  • By: Matthew O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Alan Carlson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon? Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer-editor Matthew O'Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a flood. He parties with naked crack-heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get really inside Las Vegas

  • By cosmitron on 07-08-18

Thoroughly researched, fascinating read

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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: 06-12-18

Matt O'Brien's five-year, hands-on study is of a different kind of Las Vegas underworld -- this one not connected to the Mob. It's impeccably researched with a keen eye for detail but at the same time with an eye for the human side of the story. If you're looking for an inside look at a different kind of Vegas story with a narrative style that's a departure from the usual true-crime fare, this book is for you. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Blackjack Life

  • A Journey Through the Inner World of Card Counting, the Lessons of Teamwork, and the Clandestine Pursuit of Beating the Odds
  • By: Nathaniel Tilton
  • Narrated by: Joseph Bevilacqua
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Nathaniel Tilton was leading an ordinary existence in his early30s as a financial advisor in Boston. Then, without a destination in mind, he set out to experience life in more meaningful ways. His path was forged when he met famed MIT blackjack team member Semyon Dukach, who inspired Nathaniel to become a world-class blackjack player. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audiobook! Got so much more than I expected

  • By Dave on 05-17-18

More than just a book about blackjack

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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: 05-17-18

I started this audiobook book thinking it would be a good way to learn about the ins and outs of blackjack, but it was much more than that. The author does an excellent job of explaining blackjack playing strategies, ways to beat the house and his adventures in Vegas. But woven into the blackjack talk and Vegas parties is the author's personal journey after losing his father and this is what makes the Blackjack Life an excellent read and the author's story meaningful. If you are looking for a great book on blackjack theory and strategy....get this audiobook. If you are looking for a great story....get this audiobook!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Animals Eat Each Other

  • A Novel
  • By: Elle Nash
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this stunning and powerful debut, a girl with no name embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a Satanist and a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mom. The liaison is caged by strict rules and rigid emotional distance. Nonetheless, it’s all too easy to surrender to an attraction so powerful she finds herself erased, abandoning even her own name in favor of a new one: Lilith. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice and bleak...

  • By Ad n' Audie on 09-17-18

Absolutely loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Wonderful work from Nash! Sexy and captivating. Can't wait to check out more of her work

  • Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal

  • By: Noah Cicero
  • Narrated by: Sara L. Morsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Marking a significant departure from Noah Cicero's fictional and poetic works, Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal is a lucid philosophical treatise. Rather than entertain dogma, Cicero approaches a discussion of Buddhism from the refreshing perspective of the everyman, providing a profound spiritual analysis as well as a sharp critique of capitalism. There are even some pretty good ghost stories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful!

  • By James on 03-14-18

Powerful!

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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: 03-14-18

This audiobook was recommended to me by a friend. I went into it a bit skeptical but I can honestly say that it's had a profound impact on me. I look forward to checking out more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mean

  • By: Myriam Gurba
  • Narrated by: Myriam Gurba
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming-of-age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mean & funny & tragic but mostly mean & funny.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

Brilliant!

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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: 11-16-17

Very engaging and darkly humorous. Absolutely loved it! Looking forward to hearing more from this author.

  • Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories

  • By: Deb Olin Unferth
  • Narrated by: Deb Olin Unferth, Edward Carey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth's unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving Stories, Quality Reading

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-09-18

Brilliant

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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: 09-22-17

Any additional comments?

Very unique and interesting. Deb Unferth's delivery combined with Edward Carey's worked perfectly for this audiobook. Looking forward to checking out more stuff from this author. Great stuff!