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  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries (1977-2002)
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A softer, sweeter Sedaris

  • By Pamela J on 05-31-17

Hags

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I enjoyed the book but was surprised by how many time times Sedaris used the short hand phrases "a woman about 50" and "woman over fifty". For greater dismissive brevity why not just say hag?
My other complaint isn't only about Sedaris but pretty much all the male readers on Audible.
Their interpretation and performance of female voices is just plain creepy. I exaggerate for emphasis, but, imagine Wuthering Heights read by Milton Berle.
Apart from the insults, I liked the book.

  • The Days of Abandonment

  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 461

An IndiBound best seller, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband, with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • monotone narrator and monotonous story

  • By Rio Delta Wild on 04-08-16

D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Days of Abandonment to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is better because of the subject matter. The silence of divorce is hard to take. Likely many who are drawn to this book could stand to hear a sympathetic voice. The audio version delivers that.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Days of Abandonment?

The line when the narrator says after the husband left, she and her children lived with a permanent sense of danger . With that Ferrante got to the bone chilling truth. I say without irony it hit me like Tammy Wynnette's record DIVORCE which I consider one of greatest artistic treatments of the subject.

Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

Olga of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The film your ex will never watch.

97 of 134 people found this review helpful

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Finding the Real McCoy

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The term "authentic self" is used through out the book but never defined or proven to exist.That there is such a thing as a true or authentic self is debatable and has been debated for centuries. The "authentic self" is an abstract concept and therefore not demonstrable. Burdening struggling people with the impossible task of finding their true authentic self seems a bit unkind. Perhaps a more useful term would be the preferred self. David Bowie died while I was listening to the book. Bowie had several preferred selves over the course of his life. Each worked well while they lasted and by his own account he lived a contented life. Doubtful he would say Ziggy Stardust was his authentic self but neither would he say he was acting a fraud. He was authentically contrived and people loved him for it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was hard to get to the ending because the argument never got any richer or more dimensional. The many many examples of highly authentic people resulted in a flattening that made them all seem like bores.

Which character – as performed by Amy Cuddy – was your favorite?

Amy Cuddy was the only real character.

Could you see Presence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Kathie Lee Gifford or one of the other TV anchor women

27 of 36 people found this review helpful