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  • The Destiny Thief

  • Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Richard Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Russo cannot write a bad book

  • By Owen M. on 01-14-19

Richard Russo cannot write a bad book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Richard Russo is incapable of writing a bad book. I have read all of his.... the risk pool and nobody's fool being my favorites. It turns out he does non-fiction just as well as he does fiction. he's an excellent narrator too.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Not hysterically funny but definitely engaging. I love Paula Poundstone the book is entertaining and filled with little nuggets of wisdom along the way.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,023

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

great book!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I'm not normally a fan of True Crime but this was outstanding. Michelle the author wtote so well and it's very engaging. And the narration is also outstanding. She is one of the best I've heard.

  • The End of the End of the Earth

  • Essays
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections. In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant! Every essay is a journey onto itself…

  • By howshermun on 12-05-18

not that exciting unless you like birds

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I was a huge fan of the corrections so I was looking forward to this. although some parts were engaging a lot of it just didn't grab me. Also about half of it is about bird-watching which I was hoping I might get into But ultimately did not find that interesting. The narration was great though.

  • Bomb

  • The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
  • By: Steve Sheinkin
  • Narrated by: Roy Roy Samuelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So interesting and great performance!

  • By Library on 04-22-13

Very engaging

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Fascinating book about a period of our nation's history I knew little about. Really well done.

  • Pleasure and Power

  • By: Doug Brendel
  • Narrated by: Doug Brendel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 1950, in a world before #MeToo, charming Jake plays fast and loose with the women - until the conservative Alice stops him short. Their romance changes the rogue...or seems to. On the other side of the tracks, a brain-damaged teen in the “crazy house” delivers a mixed-race baby. Her sister Ruby races to rescue the child - and find the white man who did this. When the baby brings them all together, each one - Jake, Alice, and Ruby - has secrets to preserve, as they wrestle with rage and fear, doubts and suspicions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packs an emotional punch

  • By Owen M. on 11-03-18

Packs an emotional punch

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a captivating story that grabs you right from the beginning. Brendel creates sympathetic characters and then puts them through the wringer. These people feel very real, and although this story takes place a. couple of generations ago, what they go through feels particularly relevant today.

A couple of scenes are difficult to listen to (I always have a hard time with scenes where people behave really badly towards those who can't help themselves) but fortunately, there are plenty of other scenes with characters who love each other and who go to the mat for each other, and at least one scene featuring a character getting his come-upance.... so it all balances out I guess.

The author does the narrating here and he does a fine job. He has a light touch with character voices and that makes it easy to listen to.

Bottom line, it is a truly engaging story that you won't be able to put down and there are moments that will stay with you a long time.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,067

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

fascinating read. How much of it gives inside into Trump's pick to run the Commerce Department and the specifics of why that guy was such a horrible choice-shcoker- but the rest of it is about Big Data and how it impacts everything from weather prediction to the space program. there's also quite a bit about the Commerce Department itself. I always thought it was just about trade. turns out there is much more and it is all interesting and Lewis does as good of a job narrating as he does writing and reporting.

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  • Rabbit

  • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
  • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,738

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

  • By Lindsay on 12-05-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I had never heard of mrs. Pat before but I heard David Sedaris recommend this on the WTF podcast and it was well worth it. What an incredible story she has. It is engaging from start to finish.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,729

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Sedars' best book yet

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

We all knoe how funny Davis Sedaris is, but in this book we also get a peek into his honesty and humanity. His reflections on his own experiences are wise and insightful in a way they haven't been before. I also love that he isn't afraid to show his imperfections... The section where he writes about his last interaction he ever had with his sister is as heartbreaking as it is honest. This isn't just a funny book, it is also deeply moving.

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,939

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

loved it

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Great behind the scenes account of what goes into the making of a stand up act. Not hysterically funny, nor is it intended to be, just fascinating