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  • Voices Behind the Wall

  • Ninety Prison Stories
  • By: John P. Farrell
  • Narrated by: David MacDonald
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

These reflections by male inmates, recorded by a prison psychologist, are brief, sometimes only a few lines, but they offer profound insights into the realities of prison life. Some of the inmates are still bewildered that they gave up good opportunities and turned to crime; some fear that they may really like being in prison; others hope they will never return after being released, although they have not kept that vow in the past. Some come from families that abused or neglected them, and others had their every whim indulged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense

  • By Brent on 09-22-17

Intense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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Crazy and really interesting. Like the "matter of fact" reading style of the narrator. Cool concept.

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  • Fanny Says

  • American Poets Continuum
  • By: Nickole Brown
  • Narrated by: Nickole Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

An "unleashed love song" to her late grandmother, Nickole Brown's collection brings her brassy, bawdy, tough-as-new-rope grandmother to life. With hair teased to Jesus, mile-long false eyelashes, and a white Cadillac Eldorado with atomic-red leather seats, Fanny is not your typical granny rocking in a chair. Instead, think of a character that looks a lot like Eva Gabor in Green Acres, but darkened with a shadow of Flannery O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, entertaining, and engaging

  • By Elizabeth Glass on 09-22-18

Two Thumbs Way UP!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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One of the best books I've read all year. Nickole Brown pulls at the heart with stories of this incredible woman named Fanny. So funny and sad and amazing.

  • Tales of Falling and Flying

  • By: Ben Loory
  • Narrated by: Andy Harrington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew listeners to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-27-18

YES! YES! YES!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Ben Loory is god. This is great. Love all these. Can't wait to play them for my kids one day.

  • Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision

  • By: Sebastian Matthews
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Matthews
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision offers the deeply moving poetic memoir of Sebastian Matthews's life in the years after the car accident that devastated him and his wife and son. The poems, which often feel like electric improvised prayer-songs, intimately evoke the terrors and wonders of catastrophic physical injury and of life re-booted. They are disturbing, eerie poems that embody the paradoxes of being The Dead Man at the crossing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Reading of a good book

  • By Russ on 10-19-17

Three Cheers!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Heartfelt poems and and real look inside the man's brain and and pain and trauma. Cool stuff!

  • Sifting Through Static

  • By: Ben Tyler Elliott
  • Narrated by: Andrew Frankel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In the winter of 1968, a young woman named Harriet disappears outside of Denver. Soon after, her father dies mysteriously. The family's three remaining sons - Wayne, Roy, and Conrad - grow increasingly distant as the specters of murder, family, and suspicion loom. As the brothers grow older, they learn that loss comes in many forms - in absence and silence, and in death. Decades later, Wayne's only child confronts the brothers, uncovering long-buried resentments that have plagued the family for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really different experience but great

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-09-18

Awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Seriously a good book. Great characters and and a very interesting approach to the audio recording.

  • Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories

  • By: Deb Olin Unferth
  • Narrated by: Deb Olin Unferth, Edward Carey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth's unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving Stories, Quality Reading

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-09-18

Great Stories!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Great reader, good stories and I loved the touch of having a male narrator read just the two with male characters.

  • Literally Show Me a Healthy Person

  • By: Darcie Wilder
  • Narrated by: Darcie Wilder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Darcie Wilder's Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a careful confession soaking in saltwater, a size B control top jet black pantyhose dragged over a skinned knee and slipped into unlaced doc martens. Blurring the lines of the written word, Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is a portrait of a young girl, or woman, or something; grappling with the immediate and seemingly endless urge to document and describe herself and the world around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darcie Wilder is brilliant!

  • By James on 08-14-17

This is awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Man, I haven't heard anything like this before. You have to get this. So incredible.

  • Viking Economics:

  • How the Scandinavians Got It Right - And How We Can, Too
  • By: George Lakey
  • Narrated by: Chris Roman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In Viking Economics - perhaps the most fun economics audiobook you've ever listened to - George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for, surprisingly recently, we too can embrace equality in our economic policy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great quality and Important!

  • By Adam on 08-10-17

SO GOOD!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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Love that this exists. Wish they would release this on the news. Exactly what people need to hear.

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  • 300 Arguments: Essays

  • By: Sarah Manguso
  • Narrated by: Sarah Manguso
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A "Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis" ( Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To hear her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight. 300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Collection Of Essays, Nice Reading

  • By Debra Hartrum on 01-10-18

I GIVE THIS 300 STARS!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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I'd love it if there were more books like this to listen to. Every single essay is awesome and thoughtful.

  • Something to Do with Self-Hate

  • By: Brian Alan Ellis
  • Narrated by: Mary Moore Dalton
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Following a summer's worth of drug abuse, epic alcohol benders, and promiscuous sexual misadventures. You cope with your impoverished living arrangements while mourning the senility of your beloved grandmother, the destructive idiocy of your only two friends, and most importantly, the devastating loss of your free-spirited lover. There are things to consider, of course, and it's real tough to think sometimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something to Do ...

  • By Josh Olsen on 08-12-17

Brian Alan Ellis is BAE

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Any additional comments?

Yes, people! Get this. It's so good and wildly fun. Depressing in parts but dark comedy.