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  • The Elephant in the Room

  • One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America
  • By: Tommy Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Tommy Tomlinson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

In the tradition of Roxane Gay’s Hunger, a searing, honest, and candid exploration of what it’s like to live as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who decided he had to change his life as he neared the age of 50 weighing in at 460 pounds. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a Listen

  • By Steven W. Robinson on 01-29-19

An intimate look at obesity

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This book is an intimate look at obesity. The author admits that he really has it all -- wonderful parents and friends, a fascinating job and a loving wife. Yet he cannot restrain himself from overeating. He tells his life story with great humor and candor, blaming absolutely no one but himself for overeating. His voice, which is hoarse from a throat operation he had many years ago, is initially hard to understand but adds to the experience of the book. It's a good, albeit not super deeper read, and will make me look at all obese people a little differently.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich - foreword
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By NMwritergal on 01-24-19

So So

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I have greatly enjoyed the recent spate of memoirs about people born and raised working class such as Heartland and Hillybilly Elegy, which is why I was drawn to this book. There is no question the author had a rough life, but I found her lack of responsibility for her life choices to be a major problem and there's really little personal growth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 18,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,780
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,752

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
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Compelling read for everyone

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I don't usually read books about the high tech industry but I decided to give this a try. I'm so glad I did. The story of how Elizabeth Holmes, a 22-year-old college dropout, hoodwinked so many prominent businessmen, army commanders, politicians and investors is absolutely fascinating. The scariest part is how this fraud almost didn't get undercovered. Theranos, Holmes' company which purported to run easy blood tests, risked the people's lives, pure and simple. This was deceit as its most sinister level. But supported by so many prominent people and one of the country's premier law firms, Theranos almost didn't get brought down. One of the most interesting people in this story is Hunter Schultz, grandson of former Secretary of State George Schultz. Hunter was a Theranos employee who became greatly disturbed by what he saw at the company and eventually quit. But his grandfather, a major Theranos investor, failed to listen to his concerns and continued to support Holmes to the end. Shocking.
This is a book that makes you grateful we have a free press and that there are people in this world who will seek to right an injustice no matter the personal cost.
The narrator on this book was fine, appropriate for the material but not in a superstar category.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Washington Black

  • A Novel
  • By: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

George Washington Black, or "Wash", an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning - and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now what do I do?

  • By Mary L. Doyle on 10-04-18

Read it for the Performance not the story

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

First, a confession: I only got about 30 percent through this novel and there was only one reason why I got that far: the narrator. Dion Graham is one of Audible's premier readers. He makes all his readings a performance, varying the voices so realistically that it's as if you're hearing a one-man show. Although I was mesmerized by him, the story left me a bit flat. It's a coming of age tale about a black slave born in Barbados replete with your typical mix of bad and good guys. The protagonist gets rescued by an amateur white scientist and is whisked out of the country where presumably he is engaged in myriad adventures. Maybe the best was yet to come but I didn't feel the author did as good as job as the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,847
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,928
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,920

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

An insider look at the makings of a mega-company

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This is a straightforward memoir that describes the inception of a mega-company. It shows the hurdles one has to overcome and the absolute grit and determination. It humanizes the experience of being CEO of such an enterprise. When you finish this you have to conclude, yes this company and man deserved all the success he obtained.
The narrator was excellent, his voice was a perfect fit for the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heartland

  • A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
  • By: Sarah Smarsh
  • Narrated by: Sarah Smarsh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite memoir of 2018

  • By NMwritergal on 11-25-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

This is an interesting read on the group of white and poor Americans, about whom many of us don't know. Smarsh is a solid writer who delivers an interesting account of her childhood and the generations of flawed but strong women in rural Kansas who
raised her.

  • Reading with Patrick

  • A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
  • By: Michelle Kuo
  • Narrated by: Michelle Kuo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book with an upsetting reminder we have much to do

  • By Lorraine Salmon :) on 11-14-17

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The narrator on this book, the author, really ruined the book for me. Her voice was nasal and flat in tone, which completely ruined the listening experience. The story was fairly interesting, but not the "wow" factor I had been told by others. Maybe I would have had a different experience if I had read the book.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,711

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This novel has two big pluses and one minus. First, Tayari Jones is an excellent writer. She brings every scene and character alive with good, crisp writing, strong images, and good dialogue. The second plus was the readers, both of whom were outstanding in bringing the characters to light. I felt I was listening to a performance more than reading a book. The big minus is that the plot is a bit thin. It is, as the title suggests, an American marriage, but hardly a typical one. Roy, an ambitious African American professional, is locked away for a crime he didn't commit while his wife. Celeste, decides how to proceed in his absence. In the last part of the book, Roy comes home and the story takes on tones of the return of Odysseus. The language and the readers kept me gripped to this novel, not the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Influence

  • A Novel
  • By: Joyce Maynard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet by taking portraits of schoolchildren and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He's drifting away from her fast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Paper-Thin Caricatures Inhabit PG-13 Morality Tale

  • By Gretchen SLP on 03-12-16

Rich people are evil

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

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

Less starkly drawn characgters

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Maynard?

Maynard has a nice voice but she doesn't do the different voices well enough to get the full mileage out of an audible book.

Any additional comments?

The subtitle of this book should be: Rich People Bad, Poor People Good.
Just about everyone in this book who is successful gets slammed and in the most cliched way. I think a real opportunity was missed to make the character of Eva, who's rich but confined to a wheelchair, more nuanced. Readers who rely upon strong plot lines to keep their attention going will also dislike this book

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathleen Schine
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Honest

  • By Steve M on 07-14-16

Everything an audible book should be

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Wonderful reader who gave texture and nuance to every character
Not for readers who want plot-driven novels but much enjoyed by this reader for its humor and insights into character