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  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,451

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, I was totally mesmerized and deeply engrossed in it. On the other hand, I was a little bored, frustrated and confused. I guess that just makes it more like a real obsessive relationship. Elio is not in love with Oliver, he is obsessed and obsessive. Most of the story is Elio’s stream of consciousness, there is surprisingly little dialogue between the characters. Elio thinks one thing and then changes course and thinks the opposite. I found it frustrating to only have the story come from his extremely narrow voice. The timeline of the story didn’t make sense- they ignore each other for 2 weeks (according to Elio) and spend many, many days not talking but yet they have time in Oliver’s 6 weeks there to form this bond? This book is not an ode to first love, it’s an ode to crazy obsessions. There were a few passages that were pretty graphic and really cemented the idea that this love wasn’t the healthiest.
But can we all talk about how incredible, absolutely beautifully Armie Hammer read this?? His voice is so rhythmic, melodic, hypnotizing. I could feel Elio’s bitterness, surprise, feigned nonchalance, deep spiraling into Oliver. Armie couldn’t have done anything else to make it a better performance.
I’m definitely seeing this movie!

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • When You Find out the World Is Against You

  • And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments
  • By: Kelly Oxford
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The famed Internet personality - named one of Rolling Stone's Funniest People on Twitter and creator of the viral #notokay for women to share their stories of sexual assault - and best-selling author of Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar turns her laser-like wit to anxiety, parenthood (or "the sheer insanity of being in charge of the safety and livelihood of three people besides myself"), popular culture, and more in this razor-sharp essay collection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By L. K. on 09-25-17

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Every woman figure in the book speaks in that super annoying exaggerated Kim Cattrall voice.
The stories meander and visit several loosely connected threads before not really but kind of wrapping up.
And a toque is pronounced “toook” with a long ooooh in the middle not “toke”. If you’re going to read a line telling Americans what Canadians call a knit cap, please pronounce it right!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95,926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,843
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,426

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

A must listen

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I’m worried I’m going to overstate how I felt about this audiobook but I LOVED IT. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had just read it myself. The nuances between voices and characters was incredible. Every friend and family member who speaks in the book is given a slightly different tone and accent and it makes the storytelling so vibrant and engaging. I have been raving about this audiobook to everyone.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

Not the Caitlin of YouTube

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I've read the physical copy of this book and I liked it so I thought hearing Caitlin read her own words would be even better as it's been awhile since I read it. Now that I hear it, it's clear that the book and her performance aren't the same as her engaging YouTube personality. In her videos I find her funny and charming and informative and just the right amount of weird. It honestly pains me to review the book so poorly. It's as if she was instructed to cover ever single aspect of the funeral industry and she had to construct an anecdote about each which ends up coming across as kind of fake. I love Caitlin and what she does and I even support her on Patreon, but this audiobook wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

A great book and perfectly told

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Lindy,
I've been wanting to read your book for awhile but haven't gotten around to picking up a copy or finding the time. When I started commuting an hour every day, I thought to get it on Audible. Hearing you read your words was funny, poignant and thoughtful. It was like sitting down with a drink together and having you tell me anecdotes. Great job on the book and the reading that brings a new layer and life to it all.