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  • Girl in a Band

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kim Gordon
  • Narrated by: Kim Gordon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story - a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deadpan but fascinating

  • By Mark on 03-06-15

Really good, but thought I'd love this more

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

I grew up in the 90's and my life revolved around the alternative music scene. Needless to say, I was excited when I heard Kim was writing this "tell all" and was anxiously awaiting its release.

Perhaps I overhyped it too much in my mind; I expected it to be more about her relationships with the bands of the era, however a large portion of the book is about her childhood, which isn't that fascinating at all.

Kim does share some interesting anecdotes around Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan and a few others of the 90's musical giants, and the last 30 or so minutes of the book goes into the dark side of her relationship with Thurston and his infidelity, however I feel much of this book exists as filler.

All that said, I did come out with a deeper appreciation of Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth and her sharing her story in her own words is quite enjoyable. If you grew up a fan of Sonic Youth or 90's alternative in general, you pretty much have to listen this book as Kim Gordon's impact on music and art is immense and her few have experienced as much as she.

  • I Hate Myselfie

  • By: Shane Dawson
  • Narrated by: Shane Dawson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,614

Shane Dawson has always been an open book. From his first YouTube vlog back in 2008 to his feature film debut Not Cool to a cover story in Variety magazine, Shane has documented his life pre-tty thoroughly. We've seen awkward and adorable Q&As with his mom, weight-loss center drama, love life details, and the all-important haircut reveal. We've seen his hilarious spoofs of Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Sarah Palin. His music videos are awesome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply fantastic.

  • By Briana on 03-14-15

Never heard of Shane Dawson and still loved this!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

I listened to this not knowing that Shane Dawson was/is a huge YouTube personality, and having no background on him at all made no impact on my enjoyment of his essays. They are witty, hilarious and completely relatable. His performance is highly enjoyable and he comes across very charismatic that I can see now why he's so loved by those that apparently follow him online.

He's self-deprecating, inspiring and seems like a guy you'd love to just hang out with, especially if you like to laugh so hard you spill Splenda-sweetened iced tea out of your nose.

74 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

  • Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute
  • By: Zac Bissonnette
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

There has never been a craze like Beanie Babies. The $5 beanbag animals with names like Seaweed the Otter and Gigi the Poodle drove millions of Americans into a greed-fueled frenzy as they chased the rarest Beanie Babies, whose values escalated weekly in the late 1990s. A single Beanie Baby sold for $10,000, and on eBay the animals comprised 10 percent of all sales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King of Crushed Dreams

  • By Carole T. on 03-06-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

As a 90's kid, I lived through peak Beanie Baby popularity although neither me nor my family ever got bit by the beanie bug. It's fascinating to see what it was like from both sides - the collectors that poured their life savings investing in plush and the corporation that was gaming the market by retiring beanies to increase demand.

This is an enjoyable listen from start to finish and really sheds lights on the "dark side of cute!"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why the Terrorists Hate Us

  • By: Ben Nesvig
  • Narrated by: Ben Nesvig
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

You are reading this on a screen. You have First World Problems. First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us is a collection of short humorous essays and rants from a man who knows suffering. It is comedy that borders on tragedy. What are First World Problems? A First World Problem is a trivial issue that afflicts people in wealthier nations declared to be in the "First World".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed Out Loud (over & over again)

  • By Jill-O on 09-12-14

I couldn't stop laughing

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

If you could sum up First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why the Terrorists Hate Us in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely Fricken Hilarious

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

I don't think 2 minutes went by where I didn't almost choke I was laughing so hard.

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,659

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Save your money and see his show

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

Reviewed: 07-29-13

Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

No.

What was most disappointing about Jim Gaffigan’s story?

The whole book was basically short story anecdotes and half-baked jokes about kids. Would translate much better as part of his stand-up act.

Which character – as performed by Jim Gaffigan – was your favorite?

N/A

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,875

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • what was the point of this book

  • By Nobody on 11-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

Laugh out loud

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tina - it's her autobiography!

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

I've just seen her in interview and on television. This was just as funny as I expected, if not more.

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

I was laughing out loud many, many times.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Tina even the slightest, you owe it to yourself to check out this audiobook.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful