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  • The Garbage Times/White Ibis

  • Two Novellas
  • By: Sam Pink
  • Narrated by: Tom Fria
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A baby rat freed from the bottom of a dumpster becomes a white ibis wandering the wet driveway after a storm. Goodbye, hello, goodbye. It was the garbage times; it was time for something else. A tale of two tales, connected by a mysterious sunlit portal.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Perfect

  • By Gordy on 07-05-18

Incredibly real and insane

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Sam Pink's new book does not fail to impress. He's one of the coolest humans writing today. Solid, gritty read by Tom Fria. Love it.

  • The Passion According to G.H.

  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Lispector’s most shocking novel. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door - crushing the cockroach - and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So freaking good!

  • By Gordy on 04-11-18

Incredible book!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

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Sofia Willingham is so amazing. I really loved every moment of this book. I'm going to listen to it again starting tomorrow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hour of the Star

  • New Directions Paperbook
  • By: Clarice Lispector
  • Narrated by: Melissa Broder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S. M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Audiobook

  • By Jacob on 02-20-18

Amazing Book. Great read!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

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If you've never read Clarice Lispector, now is the time, because Melissa Broder's read of this book is incredible.

  • Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal

  • By: Noah Cicero
  • Narrated by: Sara L. Morsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Marking a significant departure from Noah Cicero's fictional and poetic works, Blood-Soaked Buddha/Hard Earth Pascal is a lucid philosophical treatise. Rather than entertain dogma, Cicero approaches a discussion of Buddhism from the refreshing perspective of the everyman, providing a profound spiritual analysis as well as a sharp critique of capitalism. There are even some pretty good ghost stories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful!

  • By James on 03-14-18

I really like this book

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

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Blood-Soaked Buddha is definitely the best book I've ever read on Buddhism. I really feel like it had a seriously positive effect on my life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Selected Poems of Li Po

  • By: Li Po, Po Li, David Hinton, and others
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Li Po (AD 701-762) lived in T'ang Dynasty China, but his influence has spanned the centuries: the pure lyricism of his poems has awed readers in China and Japan for over a millennium, and through Ezra Pound’s translations, Li Po became central to the modernist revolution in the West. However ethereal in spirit, his poems remain grounded in the everyday experience we all share. He wrote 1,200 years ago, half a world away, but in his poems we see our world transformed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing experience

  • By Paula on 02-10-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

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Two thumbs up for David Shih. Not enough great poetry on Audible. This is great.

  • Spring and All: Facsimile Edition

  • New Directions Pearls
  • By: William Carlos Williams
  • Narrated by: Sean Slater
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A beautiful facsimile of the 1923 original edition which is considered "one of the greatest poems of the twentieth century" by The New York Times. Spring and All is a manifesto of the imagination - a hybrid of alternating sections of prose and free verse that coalesce in dramatic, energetic, and beautifully cryptic statements of how language re-creates the world. Spring and All contains some of Williams' best-known poetry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-18

Classic!

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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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So glad this book is finally in audio. So overdue. Solid reading of a legendary work.

3 of 3 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 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

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

I love this book and the audio is great

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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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Such a wonderful book from Clarice Lispector. Rebecca Morris sound amazing. More books by this narrator please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mean

  • By: Myriam Gurba
  • Narrated by: Myriam Gurba
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming-of-age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mean & funny & tragic but mostly mean & funny.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Myriam Gurba’s Book is so heartwarming and fucked up and dirty and fun and sad. Get this. I ended up speeding her narration to 1.25 but it was amazing.

  • Catalina: A Novel

  • By: Liska Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 38

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

This was sooooo good

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Tavia Gilbert gives great narration for a book that is so well written and so entertaining. Couldn’t stop. Would listen to again.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The River Bank: A Sequel to Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows'

  • By: Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kij Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In this delightful dive into the bygone world of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows staunch Mole, sociable Water Rat, severe Badger, and troublesome and ebullient Toad of Toad Hall are joined by a young mole lady, Beryl, and her dear friend, Rabbit. Kij Johnson's stories have won the Sturgeon, World Fantasy and Nebula awards. She has taught writing and has worked at Dark Horse, Microsoft and Real Networks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bout Time!

  • By Russ on 10-19-17

I LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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Been waiting years for something like this to come out. Thank you, Kij Johnson. Great addition to the world of The River Bank.