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Suzannah McLellan

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,666

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Great story, a bit hard to follow as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I think it would work better on paper. The beginning was particularly confusing as characters are established. Still worth it - a wonderful yarn, a cautionary tale, a reminder that women can be marvelously capable sociopaths too.

  • Black Klansman

  • Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime
  • By: Ron Stallworth
  • Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

This program is read by the author. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a PO box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story if you can stay engaged

  • By RN44 on 08-18-18

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This is a true story of effective anti-hero work. A fascinating portrait of America adjusting to life after the civil rights movement through the lens of a police officer. Well told.

  • Ghosted

  • A Novel
  • By: Rosie Walsh
  • Narrated by: Katherine Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 721

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call. Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened - there must be an explanation. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I stuck with it . . .

  • By Frances on 08-10-18

Great beginning, great twist, falls apart a bit

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Entertaining, but wraps up too neatly. Turns from thriller to melodrama at the end. What started off as plausible became overly sentimental. No issues with the narration, but I wasn't wowed. If you go in knowing this is a romantic drama rather than a thriller, you may enjoy it more.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

A terrifically terrifying ride

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you are the kind of person who loves reading about plagues, or enjoys social anthropology and really gross descriptions of disease, you will enjoy this. I certainly did.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,019

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Self help book with an empowerment twist

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I can't rate this book as highly as I would were I not religious. Sincero's outlook ultimately conflicts with my religious beliefs. While I enjoy much of what she has to say, it just doesn't work well for anyone with a traditional monotheistic upbringing. For listeners who do not have that particular barrier, Sincero's narration falls a bit flat, so listen to the sample before you buy to see if you are ok with it. Otherwise, paperback might be a better choice.

  • The Book of Essie

  • A Novel
  • By: Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Tara Sands, Erin Spencer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

Esther Ann Hicks - Essie - is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage - and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope for the future 💗

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-18

LOVED it. Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you enjoyed any two of the following:

The Duggar scandal
Educated
Big Love
Revenge
The Selection
The Glass Castle
The Royal We
The Shunning
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Mask of Zorro
Books about cults
Books about fundamentalists
Books about strong young women
Books about revenge

You will enjoy this. It wraps up a bit neatly for my taste, but man, what a ride.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Life Gives You Lululemons

  • A Devil Wears Prada Novel
  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laura Benanti
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns are manicured, the Long Island iced teas are extra strong, and heads turn when an infamous new neighbor arrives for an extended long weekend. After Emily Charlton left Miranda Priestly and Runway magazine, she migrated to L.A with her husband, working as an image consultant to the stars. But recently Emily's lost a few clients. She's struggling. When the opportunity arrives to reinvent and relaunch a gorgeous former model whose mugshot graces the cover of the New York Post, Emily jumps at the chance. Relaunching Karolina is the big leagues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader! The acting was the best I've heard!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-18

One of Weisberger's more charming offerings

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Revisiting Emily from The Devil Wears Prada never disappoints. As one of the most original and memorable characters Weisberger has created, Emily knows how to show you a good time. That said, this story falls into a number of old traps for Weisberger. The will-they-won't-they cheating, the magic fixes only Miranda can provide, the secret sadnesses of the rich and lovely, the neat bow of an ending, etc. That said, this book made me feel as though Weisberger is finally hitting her stride. After weathering disasters like "Chasing Harry Winston", it's good to see the old sparkle come back. Finally, and perhaps most importantly for an audio book, the narration is excellent. A worthy investment of your listening time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reasons to Be Pretty

  • By: Neil LaBute
  • Narrated by: Jenna Fischer, Thomas Sadoski, Josh Stamberg, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

What does it mean to be pretty? Do you really need someone to validate your appearance? Neil LaBute tackles our obsession with physical beauty head-on in a work nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Our production, directed by the playwright, includes original Broadway cast member Thomas Sadoski, whose acclaimed performance also earned aTony nomination. Includes a backstage conversation with Neil LaBute and the cast. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting from start to finish

  • By Gretchen SLP on 07-02-15

An exquisite reading of one of my favorite plays

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

A beautiful interpretation of one of LaBute's strongest pieces. Brutal, heart wrenching, revelatory, funny, too. While it is difficult to believe anyone would challenge Jenna Fischer's beauty, perhaps that is part of the point. The struggle with communication and desire for validation will make the insecure among us cringe, and the seemingly secure recognize pieces of themselves they wish they hadn't. Well done, LATW!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Someday, Someday, Maybe

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,336

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you love Lauren Graham get this

  • By Mia on 05-01-13

A fun way to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Lauren Graham is a heck of a narrator, and on her way to being a heck of a writer. I would call this "good" or "fun" rather than great, but I'm excited to read whatever's next for her. Little by little, Lauren!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113,428
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112,886

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nonchalant comments about animal abuse

  • By Liesel Wallace on 06-11-19

Well written and well told stories by Trevor Noah

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

One of the most compelling books about racism I've ever read. Moving but also hilarious.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful