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  • Catalina: A Novel

  • By: Liska Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 40

Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic and compelling.

  • By Listener on 01-25-18

Tragic and compelling.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

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This book was so beautifully written! A wonderful and heartbreaking story about a woman on a self destructive path. I couldn't stop listening until I got to the end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Near to the Wild Heart

  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Morris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence. Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called "Hurricane Clarice": a 23-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!

  • By Gordy on 04-11-18

Spectacular

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

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Love it! So awesome to finally hear Lispector in audio form. the Narrator did a wonderful job as well. *****

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tales of Falling and Flying

  • By: Ben Loory
  • Narrated by: Andy Harrington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew listeners to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-27-18

Amazing Book

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

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I've been waiting to read Ben Loory's new book for years. This recording really captures the magic of his strange, beautiful fables. AWESOME!

  • Bad Sex

  • By: Clancy Martin
  • Narrated by: Cassie James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

"I drink, I hurt myself and the people around me, and then I write." Brett is in Central America, away from her husband, when she begins a love affair with his friend, Eduard. Tragedy and comedy are properly joined at the hip in this loosely autobiographical book about infidelity, drinking, and the postponing of repercussions under the sun. Though coming undone is something we all try to avoid, Martin reminds us that going off the rails is sometimes a part of the ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Want It To End

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-10-18

Awesome book

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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This was dark and sexy and fun. Really good, simple book. Sad as hell but that's what you get!

  • Sifting Through Static

  • By: Ben Tyler Elliott
  • Narrated by: Andrew Frankel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In the winter of 1968, a young woman named Harriet disappears outside of Denver. Soon after, her father dies mysteriously. The family's three remaining sons - Wayne, Roy, and Conrad - grow increasingly distant as the specters of murder, family, and suspicion loom. As the brothers grow older, they learn that loss comes in many forms - in absence and silence, and in death. Decades later, Wayne's only child confronts the brothers, uncovering long-buried resentments that have plagued the family for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really different experience but great

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-09-18

So cool!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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What a crazy book. Love how it was recorded and the tape effect. Sound real. Like found footage.

  • Fanny Says

  • American Poets Continuum
  • By: Nickole Brown
  • Narrated by: Nickole Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

An "unleashed love song" to her late grandmother, Nickole Brown's collection brings her brassy, bawdy, tough-as-new-rope grandmother to life. With hair teased to Jesus, mile-long false eyelashes, and a white Cadillac Eldorado with atomic-red leather seats, Fanny is not your typical granny rocking in a chair. Instead, think of a character that looks a lot like Eva Gabor in Green Acres, but darkened with a shadow of Flannery O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, entertaining, and engaging

  • By Elizabeth Glass on 09-22-18

Such a beautiful collection

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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Fanny Says is a book that really hits you in the heart. Nickole Brown's reading and writing were so beautiful.

  • 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

Great!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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I loved this. Wish there more short story collections in audio. Such a treat. 3 cheers for Deb Olin Unferth. Thanks!

  • Literally Show Me a Healthy Person

  • By: Darcie Wilder
  • Narrated by: Darcie Wilder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Darcie Wilder's Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a careful confession soaking in saltwater, a size B control top jet black pantyhose dragged over a skinned knee and slipped into unlaced doc martens. Blurring the lines of the written word, Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a portrait of a young girl, or woman, or something; grappling with the immediate and seemingly endless urge to document and describe herself and the world around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darcie Wilder is brilliant!

  • By James on 08-14-17

Wow, this is amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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busted my heart right in two. Darcie Wilder is the future. Sad but funny as hell.

  • Viking Economics:

  • How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too
  • By: George Lakey
  • Narrated by: Chris Roman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In Viking Economics - perhaps the most fun economics audiobook you've ever listened to - George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for, surprisingly recently, we too can embrace equality in our economic policy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great quality and Important!

  • By Adam on 08-10-17

INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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SOOOOOOOOOO good. Viking Economics was really fun all the way through. I'm moving to Scandinavia.

  • 300 Arguments: Essays

  • By: Sarah Manguso
  • Narrated by: Sarah Manguso
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A "Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis" ( Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To hear her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight. 300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Collection Of Essays, Nice Reading

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-10-18

SARAH MANGUSO IS GREAT

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

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I loved this. So informative and cool. Like a smack in the head. I wish everyone heard this. RECOMMEND!