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  • Evicted

  • Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • By: Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and eye-opening

  • By serine on 11-29-16

A great book, a great performance

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Any additional comments?

Drags a bit in the first half. Stick with it! It gets better and better, and makes an important case.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Word by Word

  • The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • By: Kory Stamper
  • Narrated by: Kory Stamper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography - from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kory should narrate more Audible books!

  • By R. Stern on 04-24-17

Great insider information

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

What did you love best about Word by Word?

I got an insider's view of how Merriam-Webster's Dictionary is "built." It was fascinating.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was read by the author, and she was by turns compelling, funny, awkward, and annoying. Sort of like most of the people in my Ph.D. program.

What does Kory Stamper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a good instinct for comedy, plus experience in the trenches. She is very good at explaining obscure points and giving funny examples. Lots of naughty words, too, if you like that.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not that kind of book. I enjoyed hearing about the sorts of complaints the editors receive from the public. And the book reinforced my belief that people are really, really interested in words.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Grimm's Fairy Tales

  • By: The Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale, Janis Ian, Alfred Molina, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All-stars of Audio

  • By RueRue on 05-19-16

Interesting, but short and uneven

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales to be better than the print version?

The very last reading, by Robin Miles, of "Hansel and Gretel" was masterful. Hearing it was like discovering the tale for the first time. Overall, though, the audiobook did not adequately represent the Grimms' Fairy Tales. It seemed like a sampler of star narrators, only a few of whom really did the stories justice.

Any additional comments?

This is billed as a "full cast" recording. A different narrator reads each tale, but there is no dramatization. It is also billed as "unabridged," which it is certainly not. It contains a couple of dozen tales, some well-known, some lesser known. A more satisfying, unabridged version (of Grimms' lesser-known first edition) is the audiobook of Jack Zipes' THE ORIGINAL FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM. The readings are unexpectedly good, and there are so many tales!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Geography of Genius

  • A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
  • By: Eric Weiner
  • Narrated by: Eric Weiner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strained conclusions

  • By Pam on 07-10-16

Too much about the author

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

What would have made The Geography of Genius better?

No, I don't want to hear about every place you went and everyone you met and every thought that passed through your mind as you explored your topic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

  • By: Tilar J J. Mazzeo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction! Nonfiction! You Name It!

  • By Gillian on 05-05-15

Elementary stuff

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

More like a beginning college writing course. Author's made up examples of good writing are pedestrian at best. Deceptive 'great course' marketing in my opinion.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful