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Tried and True

Portland, OR
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  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it...

  • By Claudia Gallegos on 07-12-18

Round and round

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Granted it’s difficult to say a whole lot about nothing, but there was a lot of saying the same thing about the same nothing thing in this story. I can appreciate the message about stopping and clearing out the inner noise but the journey was not particularly interesting to me. I hear that other people have really liked it tho’! Up to you....!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

Inspiring and Bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Everything that touched you about Obama and his presidency is brought to life and deepened in this book. It is so very bittersweet to meet it again. Ben Rhodes narrates the introduction and it works so beautifully! Sadly, the narrator for the majority of the book can not come close to Ben's telling. I wish Audible would consider a redo on this because the book is golden! And all the more personal, heartfelt and touching when Ben reads.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Chronology of Water

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the listener through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vicious, Moving, and Artful

  • By Jessalin on 06-13-17

Deeply moving story that the narrator would not allow to speak for itself

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

A remarkable life, a brilliant writer, but a narrator who is over the top. Wish she would have let the story speak for itself. A memoir so potent and eloquently told deserves more than this. Christina Delaine was not just ridiculous, but if I was Lidia Yuknavitch, I would be insulted. You may just want to READ this book?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful