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  • How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 778

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before this, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic - but politically problematic. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel - from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of resulting repercussions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

  • By P. on 10-04-18

A Must-Read for every person alive now.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I found myself uncomfortable with some of my own anger and that of women around me. This book gave me a new lens to view both the discomfort and the anger. I was moved to tears more than once. Everyone should have a copy if this one on hand and read repeatedly.

  • McCain's Promise

  • Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain
  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Is John McCain "for real?" That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when McCain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anticandidate whose goal was "to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Foster Wallace's Best Nonfiction Work

  • By Shiran on 03-07-13

Recursive, Discursive, funny & classic DFW

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Took the time to listen to this just to escape from today's political muck. I found myself wishing this article was longer and DFW had been around to report on Obama and now Trump and the races since. His thoughts on leadership vs. salesmanship are better than any political reporting I've read recently. Someone should pick up that ball in 2018. I'd recommend this to Wallace fans, political junkies and those who want to travel to a time when we thought politics were hitting rock bottom... I came away with respect for the author, the subject and a wry smile at the sweet naivete of Wallace on the campaign trail.

  • Jennifer Egan

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Excusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Egan
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her fifth novel, Manhattan Beach, is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. Raised in San Francisco, Jennifer Egan has been described as one of the most experimentally fearless writers of the modern age - a Pulitzer prize winner for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad amongst various other awards and recognitions for both her fiction and nonfiction work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice amuse bouche to the novel

  • By Ella Mc on 05-06-18

Nice amuse bouche to the novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I preordered Manhattan Beach because of Jennifer Egan, but I still haven't started it. This little interview got me much more motivated to get reading or listening or both ASAP. Good questions and answers, and an incredible hope that her companion to Goon Squad (sans Powerpoint) comes to pass.

  • Call Me Zebra

  • By: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
  • Narrated by: Leila Buck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn't fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra's only companions - until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she's unhinged; she thinks he's pedantic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a better read than listen

  • By Ella Mc on 04-14-18

Probably a better read than listen

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This is a bizarre review, but it's my experience: Zebra is quite a character, and she knows it. The hard-hitting narration is perfect for the character, but became nearly untenable because of the sharp speech - which is fitting, just way too harsh for my ears. I will happily follow Zebra's fascinating and often-hilarious story, but I'll have to do it the old-fashioned way. I can't fault anyone really... A character like Zebra should have a strident voice! It just became almost physically painful to listen (at any volume.) I love a goid audiobook, but for me, this one was too precise. YMMV, of course. I got through half of chapter 12 before I just couldn't stand having to take breaks to give my ears a rest. Can't wait to read the end.

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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,986

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

The Audio Performance makes this better!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Alice Network to be better than the print version?

Yes. It is endearing to listen to, and while the characters could be grating at times in the book, especially Charlie's chapters, the reader does a terrific job of making Charlie less whiny and more interesting than she reads on the page alone.

What other book might you compare The Alice Network to and why?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society -- similar in tone, also about WWII, set in England. Otherwise, I can't think of a very similar book based on factual history.

Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

Eve

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did try, but I fell asleep and had to rewind a bit. I would easily have listened in one sitting if I'd started earlier.

Any additional comments?

The voices were extremely well done. I read this book then listened to it. The audio experience was much better than reading it, and that's usually not my preference.

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.9 Stars

  • By j phillips on 01-09-18

A graceful trip through harrowing territory

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

A realistic book where ride-hopping ghosts feel as natural as a toddler vomiting on a long trip is a feat of nature. It simply should not be possible, but Jesmyn Ward achieves it with ease in SING, UNBURIED, SING.

Everything about this book is pitch perfect and the audio rendering is just as well performed. The narrators are well cast and believable. It is easy to crawl inside the book through their voices and lose yourself. Nobody overacts, nothing is misplaced. It is an extremely well-acted and never overacted narrative.

Every scene is impeccable like a well-preserved antique: in a refined way. Given the subject matter of parental drug use, a son who has taken the world on his shoulders, race relations, the worst prison in the country, family dynamics, poverty, cancer... Those things are not usually written with agility. They are often "important," but not usually graceful. SING, UNBURIED, SING is. There's a light but purposeful touch to both the original story and the rendition given in the audio.

This is a book -- and they seem to come along only rarely -- that reminds me exactly why it is so vital, life-affirming and essential to read.

  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Powerful!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

A nation and a marriage disintegrating together

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

My review of the story follows, but what you need to know about this audiobook is that it's well acted. When something is funny, we get the right tone of voice, when men speak it's clearly different from the women speaking, and when the tone is more serious and somber, that is well portrayed. The only hitch that took a star away was that at times some Nigerian names or words sounded a bit like the narrator had taken a special class to speak them perfectly. When these words cropped up, the narrative flow stopped and instead we got a diction lesson. There are a few spots where names/words are repeated in a paragraph and it was distracting. At those points, having a hardback copy at hand served me well. Otherwise, it's a good audiobook.

The book itself:

Yejide and Akin fell in love at a political event while at University and married. They are young, upper-middle class, educated professionals with one foot in the future and one firmly rooted in their traditional Yoruba culture. They've been married for four years with no children, so to remedy this, in walks Akin's mother and the extended female family for what has become a regular visit to discuss this personal matter which is taken on by the larger community. This time, however, they brought a pretty young woman with them - a stranger. It seems that since Yejide can't or won't bear a child (preferably a son,) it's time to add a wife to the household, and she's here now.

Yejide at first assumes this is impossible. She and Akin had discussed their modern view of monogamous marriage. Before long, though, it becomes clear that Akin has assented to his mother's wishes for new woman entering their lives. Yejide is beyond distraught. So as Nigeria is ripped apart by political lies, unkept promises, and things that look different than they seem, so is the marriage. Against a backdrop of political unrest, we watch a marriage go through its own unrest.

The outside pressure brought to bear on both the individuals and the marriage lead both to multiple extremes. Nobody is a hero here. Everyone is supremely human and flawed, each with his or her own rationale for acting the way they do. Nonetheless, love cannot win out when truth falls victim to perception. Akin wants to be perceived as virile. Akin's mother wants that too. Yejide wants desperately to be loved, but when that seems impossible, she throws away nearly everything.

Something that has cropped up repeatedly for me over the past few years is the way machismo is enforced by women -- be it in fiction or in reality. Akin's mother is a perfect example of this. She wants certain esteem, and her son is the way to get that -- who cares about this woman he loves?

There is an intricate dance done in the writing where things happen and we only find out the hows and whys later. The balancing act of a disintegrating family within a disintegrating society is nimbly handled. Adebayo covers the family's struggles and torments with a skillful style that takes them from the personal to the universal.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,010
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,945

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Wunnerful children's book.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

What a sweet story, and the performances are pitch perfect. John Lithgow as the stinkbug is just scary enough without inducing terror. The moral that we're all different and special is one every child should hear. Happy to know my multiple copies in multiple formats will bring peace to youngsters and elderly like me for long after the publicity goes away.

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  • Feminism Is for Everybody

  • Passionate Politics
  • By: bell hooks
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

What is feminism? In this short, accessible primer, Bell Hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, Hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives - to see that feminism is for everybody. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Introduction to Feminism

  • By Listens-a-lot on 03-29-18

Great book, bad audio

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

It's a shame that this audio is so bad. The text is great, historic and easy. The audio I purchased from Audible has a performance that sounds like a slightly deranged computerized voice. It actually makes the book harder to understand because of strange stresses and the overall bizarre tone. I am listening again now, and it honestly sounds like a voice sample rather than a read. Like they used individual words rather than have someone read it. I can't imagine they did that, but it sounds that bad.

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  • Need to Know

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Cleveland
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she's developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America's borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her - her job, her husband, even her four children - are threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-18

heroine gets tied to railroad tracks by bad men

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Rarely have I hated a character as much as I hated the main character in NEED TO KNOW. How did a female former CIA analyst manage to write such a simpering naive idiot? If she'd ended up tied to railroad tracks by a dastardly criminal, it would not have surprised me. I stopped listening, jumped to the end to confirm I was correct (I got every single bad guy on my bingo card!) and felt actual anger over the time and money. It is the worst book I've encountered in a long time. Also, not an espionage, mystery, thriller or even suspenseful. It was a dime-store romance done poorly. Sadly, a good idea got killed in the process.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful