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  • Strangers in Their Own Land

  • Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • By: Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country - a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, entertaining, and, yes, life-changing

  • By Alexandra Hopkins on 07-22-17

Compelling tale of American social division

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

A sad story of people who vote against their own benefits and why they do.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bette & Joan

  • The Divine Feud
  • By: Shaun Considine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

This joint biography of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford follows Hollywood's most epic rivalry throughout their careers. They only worked together once, in the classic spine-chiller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and their violent hatred of each other as rival sisters was no act. In real life they fought over as many men as they did film roles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Hollywood Drama!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-17

Delicious and we'll written scuttlebutt

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Pitch perfect writing delivered by a reader who knew the subjects and at times almost channeled phony Joanie. But in all seriousness it is wonderfully written and very much a story of two titans.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • In the Darkroom

  • By: Susan Faludi
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father, and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. When the feminist writer learned her 76-year-old father - long estranged and living in Hungary - had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as "a complete woman now" connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intricately insightful study of identity

  • By Dida on 09-06-16

An astonishing journey of identity

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I could not stop listening to this audiobook. It was powerful and moving. I was a fan of Susan Faludi before I began this book and it is so different from her other works. It is such a human and powerful journey and she never hides her own shortcomings. I recommend this audiobook.

  • The Unbreakable Miss Lovely

  • How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper
  • By: Tony Ortega
  • Narrated by: Tony Ortega
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

In 1971 Paulette Cooper wrote a scathing book about the Church of Scientology. Desperate to shut the book down, Scientology unleashed on her one of the most sinister personal campaigns the free world has ever known. The onslaught, which lasted years, ruined her life and drove her to the brink of suicide. The story of Paulette's terrifying ordeal is told in full for the first time in The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "CHURCH" THAT IS DESTRUCTIVE. INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY

  • By Count B on 09-29-16

Engaging tale where fact is stranger than fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

Loved it. An engaging tale of strength and fortitude. Cooper is at once charming and formidable and it is clear the author/narrator has respect for both the subject and her story.... And what a story it is. If ever there were any question that scientology is a cult this book will allay your doubts. More than cult, it is a menace.

  • 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 2,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699

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
  • Former Property Manager

  • By Charla on 05-18-16

Astonishing and crushing story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

This book was impossible to stop listening to. Powerful and gripping from start to finish

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

  • Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
  • By: Sam Wasson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey - dainty, immaculate - is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By J. C. on 08-23-12

Wonderful story that is both funny and touching.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-16

This is a little amuse bouche of a story. It is light and playful but it is well written and satisfying. The narrator is warm and the story never gets swallowed up in gossip or slander. I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Missoula

  • Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083

From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana - stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Without Consent

  • By Cynthia on 05-02-15

Outstanding book and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

I thought this book was an excellent outline of a social problem with serious consequences.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Terror Dream

  • Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
  • By: Susan Faludi
  • Narrated by: Beth McDonald
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

In this most original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, Susan Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged but bedrock societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • gender and 9/11

  • By S. Weaver on 12-20-07

Excellent. Faludi outdoes herself once again.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Where does The Terror Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very highly, but it will not be for everyone. Faludi's work however is meticulously researched and smartly written. She is a very articulate writer who brings together many loose ends and puts them together for the reader.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That it is factual, and fact.

Have you listened to any of Beth McDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never heard of Beth McDonald but I was impressed by her forthright attitude.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Perhaps surprise.

Any additional comments?

Susan Faludi is an intellect in the USA, and she deserves far more kudos and recognition than she gets. She has an eye to social history and this aspect is crucial for me in making sense of the world today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,648

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure what sort of person would enjoy this book. I will still give it one more try but I found it was a struggle. It was painful.

What could Hanya Yanagihara have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less flowery language and long, over-blown descriptions of every inhalation of every character.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

The problem was not with the narrator, the issue was the story and the story alone.

What character would you cut from A Little Life?

I don't know. There were too many characters and it is challenging to get to know, or build any empathy with any of them. It was almost as though the author wanted us to dislike the characters.

Any additional comments?

I had very high expectations but the book didn't live up to my expectations. More likely I am the problem.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Can I Go Now?

  • The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's First Superagent
  • By: Brian Kellow
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

A lively and colorful biography of Hollywood's first superagent - one of the most outrageous showbiz characters of the 1960s and 1970s, whose clients included Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, and Candice Bergen. Before Sue Mengers hit the scene in the mid-1960s, talent agents remained quietly in the background. But staying in the background was not possible for Mengers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little long.

  • By Doris on 11-29-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Can I Go Now? to be better than the print version?

Yes! I have read the original but the audiobook version is genuinely better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well there is only one character...so it is La Mengers.

Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

She did an exceptional job, even getting the Yiddish schtick down, which was impressive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh yes but not cry. There was too much hubris and ego to feel sorry for any of the people.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't stop listening!