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  • Redefining Realness

  • My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
  • By: Janet Mock
  • Narrated by: Janet Mock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 923

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering listeners accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Janet is elegant in her vivid honest pictures

  • By lisa on 03-23-16

A Wonderful Memoir

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

I've been meaning to read this memoir for a long while and when I saw it was on audible, narrated by Janet Mock herself I couldn't pass it up.

The core of this book is Janet describing her coming of age, a journey she takes us through with gorgeous prose and a refreshingly honest depiction of what her life was like from the time she was a young girl gradually becoming more and more comfortable with herself and doing whatever she could to be true to herself.

It's a great read, Janet's life story one that deserves and begs to be heard, one that gives insight into an experience we don't often see told.

Now in regards to the audiobook itself I couldn't have been happier. Janet has a voice that's wonderful to listen to and an enthusiasm and emotional truth to the way she not only writes but speaks as well.

I couldn't have chosen a better book to start 2016 with and I can't wait to see what's in store for the future of Janet's writing career. And in the meantime I know this will be a book I'll want to come back to and experience for years and years to come.

Thank you so much Janet for sharing your journey!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 753

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By SilverFin on 02-16-15

Yes, yes, yes.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Miranda July really has a thing for writing about everyday people but in the most shocking, interesting, and detailed of ways. This more than anything I've read or watched of hers had what I've come to love about her unique literary voice with the added perk of it being a novel where so much more exploration and depth could be mined. The way she writes comedic moments is so unlike anything I've seen, unexpected, hilarious, and weird (but in a good way). On top of that, while I worried there might be just a bunch of dry humor without going any deeper, she did go deeper, and made me feel a lot of things. Cheryl and Clee are characters I'll never forget. The way the book unfolds, the ways you can feel so many conflicted emotions about certain scenes, characters, and resolution is what makes it such a rich satisfying read. I can't wait to go back and read it again and again.

P.S. Miranda July's narration was also top notch, it's a treat to hear her gravelly calming voice impart the story to you with such subtlety and care.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful