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  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

Great

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Maggie Gyllenhaal was a great voice pick and gave new life to a story I have read over and over again.

  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

I really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I feel like these stories are so important, but there was a lot about this one that I did not like. I feel as of the author doesn’t take a lot of ownership of her life and that made it hard for me to rally with her. She also has a bit of self-entitlement, which may be due to a more affluent upbringing, but damn does it kill some of her points. I was very disappointed with this story and I really really wanted to like it.

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  • The Sound of Gravel

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ruth Wariner
  • Narrated by: Ruth Wariner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954

Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can ascend to heaven only by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By Lesley A. on 01-16-16

Couldn’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

This book is amazing. I finished it in a day. Very well written and captivating. The author does a great job with narration. At first it seemed pretty mundane, but her voice is comforting and adds so much as she is telling her own story.

  • Unbearable Lightness

  • A Story of Loss and Gain
  • By: Portia de Rossi
  • Narrated by: Portia de Rossi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Sad

  • By Dawn on 11-13-10

I DO like this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

I like it, it is just not groundbreaking. It is insightful to see into the life of someone struggling in an environment that is perceived as glamorous. Otherwise, it is an average read.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,148

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Much Better Than the Reviews Say

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

This was an amazing story. I was a little leery in purchasing because the reviews said it was gorey and violent beyond reason. I did not find this true. I actually got 16 hours in and was still wondering when the horrible gore comes in. Don’t get wrong though, this book talks about very depraved crimes and can be intensely triggering. I am a big true crime fan and found that this book was so well researched and written I forgot it was fiction.

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  • Memoirs Aren't Fairytales

  • A Story of Addiction
  • By: Marni Mann
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, 19-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By Sharey on 06-15-17

One of the best that I've gotten

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I bought this with a lot of hesitation and skepticism. I was afraid it would be a cheesy, everything-gets-better kind of story. But it is so realistic. It doesn't drag on. There are so many things that happen and so many characters that I ended listening to this in a day because I was so enthralled. Also, the voice actor is really really great. I'm very picky with the voices and hers was so perfect and fitting and real. It really brought the story to life. Buy this!!!

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This was such a comprehensive and interesting report on the intricacies of the food industry. The reader is one of my favorites on audible. Also, the writing is captivating and allows this report to be read like a story.

  • 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 3,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

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

Important

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Such an important account that allows a deep view into the lives of those that are typically ignored or hidden away.

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  • Call Me Cockroach

  • Based on a True Story
  • By: Leigh Byrne
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Our prisons and mental hospitals are filled with tragic stories like Tuesday Storm's. Her early childhood was riddled with torturous "games" and violent physical attacks. She was isolated from the rest of her family, locked in an attic with nothing but a bare bed and a bucket for a toilet, and fed just enough to be kept alive. The experts say it's next to impossible to find the soul's light in a dark past like Tuesday's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The rest of the story...

  • By Dani S. on 07-11-15

Narration is Amazing. Story is fine.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

I really purchased this to hear the rest of the Call Me Tuesday story. I was glad that I finished the story, but I didn't really enjoy the story.

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