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  • The American Slave Coast

  • A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry
  • By: Ned Sublette, Constance Sublette
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 30 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The American Slave Coast tells the horrific story of how the slavery business in the United States made the reproductive labor of "breeding women" essential to the expansion of the nation. The book shows how slaves' children, and their children's children, were human savings accounts that were the basis of money and credit. This was so deeply embedded in the economy of the slave states that it could be decommissioned only by emancipation, achieved through the bloodiest war in the history of the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important; Thoroughly Researched, Terrible Reader

  • By Dana D. on 11-18-17

You JIVE WH_TE M_____F___E_S!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

If this book doesn’t enrage you at a BASE LEVEL, you are DEAD inside.
The brutality it chronicles is savage & relentless. And we STILL TRY TO PRETEND THE PAST AWAY.

Robin Eller does a great job narrating. I don’t know HOW she did it.

Every racial problem we have currently is an outgrowth of what the Sublette’s so courageously report here. Bravo to them!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,973

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Trashy Creepy Twisty Fum

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Moves at a clip. Interesting fusion of melodramatic suspense that squeezes in a twist or two or three. Tight plot. Move over RomCom, HorRom has arrived!

  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,633

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and dry

  • By Luv2Nap on 03-11-19

Joe Hill is GREAT, Terrible, but Above All, HONEST

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I almost took a star away because of the ending to this collection’s best story “Loaded”. The reality at the center of it is the reality random horror we live with as a possibility everyday in these United States. I had get over just how awful that is, & restore the star I had taken away before I even wrote this review.

0 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,456

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Audiobook Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

The combo of Andy Weir's hyper smart, gritty hard SciFi Noir, & Rosario Dawson's flawless vocal performance are a wonder, & a joy. Fantastic!

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

Princess Leia Organa's story as told by the Earthling Carrie Fisher!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Carrie Fisher lived an unflinchingly Human Life. For all her flaws, her greatest gift to her World Of Her Many Subjects was, & will continue to be her raw, funny, heartfelt, Honesty. Simple honesty is a Gift To Humanity, rare as precious stones set in a crown in Days Like These. How telling & fitting that Princess Leia Organa never wore a tiara! To hear Ms. Fisher tell Her Highness's story in her own words is simply the best.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Bureaucrat

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Phillips
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. After a long period of joblessness, she's not inclined to question her fortune, but as the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings - the office's scarred, pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echo eerily down the long halls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helen Philips is Kafka strolling through Night Vale

  • By vurnt22 on 04-29-16

Helen Philips is Kafka strolling through Night Vale

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Impeccable dissection of the silent horror of forms, filing, collating, & redacting. Dina Pearlman is PERFECT.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The A26

  • By: Pascal Garnier
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Traumatised by events in 1945, Yolande hasn't left her home since. And life has not been kinder to Bernard, her brother, who is now in the final months of a terminal illness.

Realizing that he has so little time left, Bernard's gloom suddenly lifts. With no longer anything to lose, he becomes reckless - and murderous...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pascal Garnier is Not A Well Man

  • By vurnt22 on 01-23-16

Pascal Garnier is Not A Well Man

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

If you like your new noir steeped in existential philosophy and deeply deeply deeply disturbing than Pascal Garnier is your man. He is erudite and savage in equal measure. I started with The Islanders and then become obsessed I have now listen to all of his books, & now my sleep is permanently disturbed.
ENJOY!

  • The Panda Theory

  • By: Pascal Garnier
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Gabriel is a stranger in a small Breton town. Nobody knows where he came from or why he's here. Yet his small acts of kindness, and exceptional cooking, quickly earn him acceptance from the locals. His new friends grow fond of Gabriel, who seems as reserved and benign as the toy panda he wins at the funfair. But unlike Gabriel, the fluffy toy is not haunted by his past….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Pascal Garnier book so far...

  • By Bryan Hobbs on 11-07-16

Existential Nour Of the Highest Order

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Pascal Garnier is a deeply philosophical writer with a treacherous and bloody mind. Think Camus crossed with Patricia Highsmith. Garnier worldview is random, mundane, dark, and most disturbingly, oft times hilarious. I'm Hooked!!! Peter Noble's narration is sublime.

  • White Girls

  • By: Hilton Als
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

White Girls, Hilton Als' first book since The Women 14 years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of "white girls", as Als dubs the main expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O'Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeously empathetic and vulnerable writing

  • By anicka on 11-28-18

Hilton Als Takes No Prisoners!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

The exceptionally erudite author and social critic Hilton Al's spares nothing and no one in his excoriating investigation of American race relations in his provocatively titled book White Girls; White Girl as metaphor, White Girl as trophy, White Girl as Ally, & White Girl as reckless eyeballing death inducing fixation, are examined with aplomb and rigorous analysis-Under Hilton Al's queer and curious gaze. Mirron Willis's nuanced and appropriately at times intense vocal performance of the material make this a 5 Star Listen.

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  • Operation Arcana

  • By: John Joseph Adams - editor, Jonathan Maberry - contributor, Elizabeth Moon - contributor
  • Narrated by: full cast, J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

This thrilling anthology features high fantasy, contemporary and urban fantasy, and fantasy action and adventure all set in a military vein by top authors in the genre, including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • horrible

  • By I. Francois on 03-06-19

The Children Of Heinlein

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Diverse stories of Military Science Fiction and Fantasy in The Tradition of Robert A. Not Bad, Kids!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful