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  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,285

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Do I need a title?

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I did not love this book as much as her first one but it's awesome having the writer read their own book.

I do much prefer "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" but fans of the first one won't mind this one either. If you aren't familiar with Lawson start there instead.

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclair’s own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real. Revolutionary. Powerful.

  • By Holly on 09-17-15

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I finally got around to The Jungle. The story is really interesting, I didn't realize it followed an immigrant family living during the time period.

The voices were good albeit a little cheesy at times. Sometimes the book drags but I think it's an important historical (semi fictional) text.

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  • Princess

  • A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
  • By: Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Rastein on 03-13-13

Skeptical

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I am very skeptical of this story so I didn't love it. I've since read mixed reviews about the veracity of this tale.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,494

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Bland Elegy

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Seems kind of self serving, which may be redundant to say about an autobiography. I've heard some interviews with the author and I'm not wholly impressed with the content and his views.

I don't think he wrote this for the right reasons.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,579

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Fasinating piece of history

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I listened to this book on a whim during a weekend car trip. It is a great true crime book but it is so much more than that. I learned so much about the Osage tribe, their background in oil, and the consequences of the times.

There are parts where Grann drones on about the FBI, specifically J. Edgar Hoover in a way I could do without, even the narrator for those parts is a little boring but I can look past it because this is definitely a memorable story. No wonder it's being praised for being the top book of the year.

  • Eight Men Out

  • The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
  • By: Eliot Asinof
  • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.

  • By Unbreakable Kimmy on 02-06-16

Knocked it out of the park

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This is a really interesting story, it's got a lot of baseball history which even I found interesting not being a huge fan of the sport. The narration is a bit dry at times, I found myself zoning out, but I don't think I missed anything - in that way I guess it is sort of like the game itself.

I recommend this for baseball fans obviously but also for history fans.

  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

  • By: Julian Rubinstein
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DUH

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Everything an audibook should be

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I cannot recommend listening to this book enough. The story is very interesting but the varied voice acting, integration of music, etc make this an all around great, highly entertaining experience!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • When to Rob a Bank

  • ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt, Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,058

When Freakonomics was initially published, the authors started a blog - and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • this book is free on the blog and podcast.

  • By Spencer on 05-12-15

Reads like a BuzzFeed Top 10 list.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Very disappointing especially considering how much I enjoyed the original Freakonomics.

This book is made worse by Stephen Dubner. It's not his fault but he is incredibly bland and difficult to understand at times. I'd skip this read all together, no real information in these.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,020

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good start, then turned into a different story.

  • By Kelly on 10-05-13

Good book

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

I didn't know anything about this book going in to it but I found it really enjoyable. It's not a phenomenal story and it gets a little too weird at times but it is still fun and the voice acting is entertaining.

0 of 4 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 164,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151,961
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151,798

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

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This is one of my favorite audiobooks and stories. i am very much looking forward to his next release, I hope the same guy is narrating he did a great job.