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  • Dodge & Twist

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tony Lee
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253

It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become? And what of ‘Dodger’, sent to a land halfway around the world, his friend, mentor and master dead because of Oliver? Dodge & Twist is that story. The tale of two boys, 12 years later, returning into each other’s lives - for both good and bad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe not dickens but an exciting ride!

  • By Lillian T. on 02-11-19

Definitely worth a listen for Dickens‘ fans and theater lovers

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

This is a first-class performance with a talented cast! It’s definitely worth listening to, if only for the author’s 😉 references to Dickens‘ larger body of work. If you’re a Dickens fan, I highly recommend it. Old characters you love in a new adventure, what more could you ask for?

  • Sex Changes

  • A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On
  • By: Christine Benvenuto
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

Christine Benvenuto had been married for more than twenty years - with three young children - when her husband turned to her one night in bed and said, "I'm thinking constantly about my gender." Unhappy in his body, he wanted to become a woman. Part memoir, part voyeur's look into a marriage, Sex Changes is a journey through the end of a marriage and out the other side.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Portrait of a woman with a profound lack of empath

  • By Amy on 01-29-15

Starts off with bitterness, but hang in there!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is a memoir, ONE woman's perspective on her husband's transition to female. Thus, many strong emotions will definitely play a role. In the early chapters, the author seems exasperated, frustrated, bitter, and hostile. But of course these are the emotions she was feeling as she was living through all of this. It's perfectly natural that her writing about that time would be deeply emotional and even bitter. It also seems like her transgendered ex has larger mental health issues on the basis of his actions and poor decision-making skills.

I must admit, I almost stopped listening to this book (I DON'T do that as a rule) because her attitude started to annoy me, and I was worried the narrative was possibly headed in an anti-trans direction. But I hung in there, and I'm glad I did.This is certainly NOT an anti-trans narrative! It is just providing a point of view that is underrepresented in the conversation surrounding transsexuality: that of the spouse and children that sometimes get left behind. It's an accurate memoir of grief for the loss of a spouse, a father, and a family's collective vision of their future together.

  • Smoke and Mirrors

  • Short Fictions and Illusions
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • almost perfect

  • By Jorge I. Figueroa on 12-10-14

Excellent collection of Gaiman classics

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Smoke and Mirrors is one of my all-time favorite collections! I love the mix of prose and poetry and have enjoyed this book since it was first released in the '90s. I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman overall, and eagerly await every new release, although I reread his old works fairly regularly. Having read Smoke and Mirrors so many times over the years, I feel as if these are the fairytales that I grew up with. And I love that the author narrates his own work not only because he has a wonderful voice and is an engaging narrator but also because he reads with the true intent because he's the one who wrote it. I don't think you can get much better than that!

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  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,915

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

  • By Jani on 05-13-09

Everyone should read this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

You don't know how much you don't know about human sexuality! I'm sure there will be novel information for any reader, even the sexperts among us. Mary Roach is adept at making technical and scientific information easily understood by the layperson without talking down to her audience. I love reading her books because I learn so much about everyday topics that I didn't know before (and I work in STEM publishing so I come across a lot of research). Read this book and you'll learn more about your body, your sexuality, differences between men's and women's bodies and sexuality, Homo sapiens' sexuality in general, as well as the sexuality of a few other animals. And, last but certainly not least, there is SO much fascinating information about orgasms!

  • Once Upon a Crime

  • The Brothers Grimm Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Gretel - yes, that Gretel - is now 35, very large, still living with her brother, Hans, and working as a private investigator. The small, sleepy town of Gesternstadt is shaken to its pretty foundations when the workshop of the local cart maker is burned to the ground, and a body is discovered in the ashes. It is Gretel who notices that the cadaver is missing a finger. At first she does not see this as significant, as her mind is fully focused on a new case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but should be book one in the series

  • By Angela on 04-01-16

Enjoyable but should be book one in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

I very much enjoyed both books so far in this series, but it's quite obvious that they were written and meant to be read Once Upon a Crime first and then Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints second. I don't know why they were published out of order with OUC being described as a "prequel," because this book ends chronologically exactly where GCMFP begins. There's a lot of exposition and universe building in OUC that would have been helpful when reading the first book in the series, GCMFP. I'm sure this unusual publication order had more to do with marketing (perhaps because Gretel's name is in the title of GCMFP?) or production schedules and not the author's intention.

Although both books are enjoyable and understandable in the current series order, I would recommend reading the second book (GCMFP) first and the first book (OUC) second! I like this series not only for its whimsy, storybook elements, and enjoyable mix of characters, but also because it has a smart, funny female protagonist, Gretel, who happens to be a private detective, a premise that lends itself well to myriad fun adventures in future books.

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