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  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,971

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

Time Travel

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I listened to this on audio, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't realize it was a trilogy, but I plan on listeneing to the rest of the series. I like the time travel aspect, as well as the break in time plot that put Denny into the current world.

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,504

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

Solid Freebie

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This was an audible freebie for the month. In addition to Harry Clarke, it included the play Lillian as well as conversations with the author and narrator. They were both solid plays, well written and well performed.

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

Hypothetical and Humorous Scenarios

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This was an interesting look at hypothetical situations using math and science to figure it out. I have to admit, there were some parts where the math explanations were above my head, but for the most part, I got it. I love that there are people out there who think up these scenarios and someone who is willing to figure out the answer. This was also told in a humorous way, which really helped. In addition to the scenarios, the author included some of the really dumb questions he gets on his website. I had never heard of the author or his website/cartoons before, but I will probably check it out. The narration was also very good and added to the listening experience.

  • Dead People Suck

  • A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed
  • By: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Narrated by: Laurie Kilmartin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father's time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • you'll laugh and cry a lot

  • By Janet on 02-15-18

Funny Look at a Grim Subject

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

"It's tough to lose a parent, and it's even tougher if you hoped to lose the other parent first...sorry, mom.." What can you say about a book with this (almost) opening line? The author takes a very grim subject and pokes fun at it.....having lost both parents and a sister, I can relate to this, and also understand how a horrible time can also leave funny memories. I listened to this on audio, and the author performed it, which made it feel like I was at a stand-up show. This was very funny, although I don't recommend it for someone who suffered a recent loss.

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

Humorous and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I had no idea who Lindy West was before I listened to this. I enjoyed listening to her blunt opinions on many topics, told in a humorous fashion. I don't think the title is particularly apt, as she does not come across as "shrill." Maybe she's loud, but shrill signifies a high pitched voice to me. She narrated the entire book and not once did that adjective cross my mind. She tells it as she sees it, particularly with respect to cultural attitudes about fat people. In between, we learn about her life experiences, with many laugh out loud moments.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,190

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Look into the sex industry

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I never read anything about the sex industry before, so this was eye opening for me. This was an audible original free pick for last month, and it was short and interesting. It delves into the death of porn star with the pseudonym of August; I enjoyed hearing the various points of views of those involved in the story about August's death. Was she driven to suicide because of her loneliness? Bad relationships? Online bullying? While the question is never fully answered, Ronson delves into the facts and pokes holes in some stories.

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,236

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Mr. Martin Can Write!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

There is no doubt that Mr. Martin can write! The details in the world he created is amazing and so realistic. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first, but I think that was because the first one was new and different; this was much of the same. I am not sure if I will continue with the series, because each book is a huge time investment. However, that is no reflection on the quality of the book or the writing.

  • All American Boys

  • By: Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
  • Narrated by: Guy Lockard, Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

A bag of chips. That's all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad's pleadings that he's stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad's resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad's every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading

  • By J. E. Abel on 09-18-16

Timely Subject Matter

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This was an excellent and timely story that is definitely thought provoking. It is told from the points of view of the Black male who was beaten by a police officer and the White male who witnessed it. The incident goes viral, and whole school becomes involved and takes sides. The narration really brought this to life for me; i'm not sure whether it would have had the same impact in print form.

  • Credence

  • By: Martin Link
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In this James-Bond-meets-real-world thriller, MI5 man Lucas Norton once again finds himself caught up in a high-stakes assault when a sniper in a powerboat takes a pot-shot at his family. Could it be linked to the daring raid carried out at GCHQ, where thieves evade the world's tightest security to steal top secret ultra-high-tech equipment from under his nose? Lucas's first case culminated in him, and the FBI, losing $48m from an international heist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and keeps you quessing

  • By Kelly Kenrick on 09-30-18

Interesting Second In Series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This was as as enjoyable to me as the first book in the series. I thought that the characters were well developed, the plot line was interesting, and there were some humorous parts. The issues Lucas has with his marriage and family left continue in this book and we are left with somewhat of a cliffhanger with respect to this. I dohave to reluctantly admit that some of the technical stuff was a bit above my head, but for the most part I got it. I listened to this on audio and the narration was fine; I enjoy listening to the differences between British and American English.

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,544

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Dragons, Daemons and Much More!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed this much more than I expected. I thought it woud be a cute story about a dragon waking up in the city of Boston and learning how to navigate the new world. It was definitely much more than that, though, as there are magic, daemons, other dragons, love, loss, fighting, etc. I listened to this on audible and the narration was good. The characters were well devleoped and it was a fast-paced listen. Surprisingly, there were some really funny moments, particularly surrounding Tesser's learning of English. I see there is a second book, so I probably will read that as well. It doesn't look like the author continued with the series, though, as it's been several years since the second book was released.

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