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  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant read. Well worth the credit.

  • By james slater on 09-05-17

Lovely personal story, narrated by comedian author

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This isn't your usual comedian's navel-gazing autobiography. Robert Webb tells intensely personal stories that set up questions about the way gender roles are used to influence children. He might never say "toxic masculinity," but he turned his life story into an allegory on macho parenting practices and how it sets up children's thoughts and feelings for a lifetime. (AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY)

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,051

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • George Saunders answer to Dante's Inferno

  • By Betty Vance on 10-02-17

Impossible to follow

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I was excited about this celebrity-studded rendition, and the lovely first passage by Nick Offerman had my hopes high. Unfortunately, the constantly changing voices muddled the story, and I kept re-listening, trying to figure out what was going on, but it made no sense. I gave up without finishing.

If you're interested in a great multiple-narrator performance, I'd recommend the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods.

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  • There Are No Children Here

  • The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
  • By: Alex Kotlowitz
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

This national best-seller chronicles the true story of two brothers coming of age in the Henry Horner public housing complex in Chicago. Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers are 11 and nine years old when the story begins in the summer of 1987. Living with their mother and six siblings, they struggle against grinding poverty, gun violence, gang influences, overzealous police officers, and overburdened and neglectful bureaucracies. Immersed in their lives for two years, Kotlowitz brings us this classic rendering of growing up poor in America’s cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars

  • By Caro on 05-24-13

Must-read for Chicagoans!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

I experienced so many feelings listening to this book, and I learned so much about the failings of public housing and law enforcement. Do you like The Wire? Read this now.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful