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Petaluma, CA, United States
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  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Heavy, Indeed

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This book was so personal and intimate,; the author truly bared his soul. It was intense and heartbreaking and just plain fantastic writing. It offers a personal portrait of the life of a black boy-to-man, and his family and surroundings and the utter BS white people put upon them. It's not just about that, but it's a big part. You should read this book. I plan to purchase the hard copy so I can read it again and make notations. Truly a masterpiece.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,151
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,653

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I don't even know where to start. Trevor Noah has lived a life full of so many different experiences and hardships and happiness and love and hate and so much more. As a person who was born in the US, it's hard to fathom what people went through during the apartheid years. Trevor was in it first hand. The book is about so much more than apartheid, but the effects of it are intertwined through his life.

I very highly recommend this book. It was made even better by Trevor Noah reading it himself.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,429
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,261

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Amazing Performance

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Download and listen to this book now. We listened to it on a long road trip, and all passengers were engaged. Such a great book!

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peculiar and Suspenseful

  • By JACK on 02-19-14

Even better than the first

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I really enjoyed the first book in this series; I have both listened to it and read it in hardcover version. Hollow City was narrated by the same person, which is great, because he's amazing. Truly gifted narrator. I found the Hollow City storyline to be more compelling and hard to put down than the first, which I was not expecting, considering how much I enjoyed the first book. I've already purchased the third book, Map of Days, and I'll be starting it immediately. What a great series!

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36,175

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I was thoroughly enveloped in this story, and I fully intend to Google Tara Westover to see what she is doing now. The story starts in early childhood, and goes through to adulthood, telling the ups and downs, the danger, the abuse, and the triumphs. Well worth your credit.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,915

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Slow-ish start, but ultimately a compelling read

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This is a good story about imperfect people living their lives in the way they thought was the right way. Some of those people were wrong, and turned out to be unethical ugly-souled people. I am furious with the way the book ended. Not that this book was not good, not that it wasn't well-wrapped up.... I just wanted more! More of the characters I liked. More karma for the ones I did not like. Maybe the author will write another book in this world (please, please!), and I will finally have the satisfaction of retribution I had hoped would come for the person I disliked most in the book.

So anyway. You should give this book a listen. Good story, good character development, great narrator.

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

  • And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't make me get out of the car...

  • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

The first thing anyone should realize about this book is that it is most definitely written from the perspective of an upper class, privileged white woman. I mean, no duh, it's Nora Ephron. But still it stands to be mentioned. With that said, I enjoyed hearing her stories and experiences. I listened to this book over a few days while traveling to and from a weekend with friends. It was a nice listen. People who were fans of Nora Ephron or know more about her than I did (absolutely nothing) may enjoy it more. The book was perfectly pleasant. I hope that doesn't sound like a lukewarm recommendation; I just mean that it was a nice book in which a woman in her 60s shared tales from her life, nothing offensive about it, and it left me with a smile on my face.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,314

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I've listened to this story multiple times, and I love it as much as I did at the first listen. I want to go live with the Hempstocks. Definitely recommend this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,650

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

You must read this book. Just do it. Right now. An amazing and true story set in Italy during WWII. I will definitely be listening to this one again

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Echo

  • By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio productions I have heard

  • By tru britty on 07-28-15

5 stars across the board

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

This was a lovely story. Just lovely. The characters were good, the plot was interesting and moved at a good pace. I'm going to listen to this again with my children. You won't regret the credit you spend on this one.