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  • Look Alive Out There

  • Essays
  • By: Sloane Crosley
  • Narrated by: Sloane Crosley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

From the New York Times-best-selling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There - a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. Fans of I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific

  • By Debra on 06-10-18

terrific

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I love this book. Crowley is smart, super-funny, and honest. She couldn't write an unoriginal sentence if she tried, and her delivery is a huge pleasure. I recommend this book to everyone, but also if you have someone struggling through something upsetting, this book might be a match, because though it isn't exactly light (as it deals with serious matters) it is so funny that it is deeply deeply pleasurable without being painful.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,113

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

wow - amazing story amazing reporting

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I don't normally read these kind of books. I am more of a literary fiction and nonfiction sort, but I LOVED this book. It's an amazing story. Quite hard to believe it is true, and it would make an amazing movie. I couldn't wait to get back in my car or go for a run, so I could listen to it. It's incredible in terms of its super-suspenseful plot and the great job it does at revealing characters. I did (when I got to the end) question the interior narrative that Bilton does for the main character. He explains how he does it, but I felt knowing the exterior facts of the man's life does not technically give you access to that man's brain, so I had that question, but beyond that, I am wildly impressed by the incredible reporting a book like this clearly required, and the masterful abilities of the people who figured out the crime to figure out the crime.

  • We Need New Names

  • A Novel
  • By: NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: She has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • African Girl Does US

  • By FanB14 on 06-10-13

terrific book, terrific reader

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Any additional comments?

This is a terrific book. A writer friend recommended it highly to me, and I both read and listened to it, because I liked it so well. I LOVED the reader, whose extraordinary ability with accents blew me away. I immediately went on the web, eager to learn more about the author and eager to read other books narrated by the reader. It's not only a good book, it's an important one for exposing American readers to bits of life in Zimbabwe and also life in America for someone who has immigrated as a teen. The author is quite clever, even as her story ranges from the amusing to the entirely horrific aspects of culture and life in America and in Zimbabwe.

  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

  • By: Joan Rivers
  • Narrated by: Joan Rivers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Honest and Brave

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-12

i hated this

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

What would have made I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me better?

I had heard Joan Rivers interviewed recently, so I thought I would find this funny. I found it stupid and offensive. After 15 minutes, I'd had enough and didn't listen to anymore. This is really bad.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Books by Jim Shepard and Benjamin Astastos

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

  • The Imperfectionists

  • By: Tom Rachman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Welch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 204

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English-language newspaper as they struggle to keep it - and themselves - afloat. This hilarious and poignant look at the struggles of print news will establish Rachman as one of the 21st century’s most perceptive talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By Debra on 02-27-11

love it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-11

I'm completely surprised by the negative reviews. This is one of the best books I've ever read. (I am a writer myself and an English professor, so I read--and listen to--a LOT of literary fiction.) I also love the reader and how he inhabits the various characters.

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