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  • Sounds Like Titanic

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs", the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful. Fantastic. Heartwarming. Inspiring.

  • By Catherine on 04-12-19

Wonderful. Fantastic. Heartwarming. Inspiring.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I love this book. I’ve listened to many parts multiple times. Jessica Hindman has a warm and gracious heart. She touches on so many issues that are typically difficult to navigate but she does so with a delicate touch. I’m a new fan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 11,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,246

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

Classic Ronson

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

He navigates ambiguity thoughtfully. Ronson makes people’s foibles acceptable and sometimes beautiful. Carefully, Ronson provides a non-salacious story of the porn world. Well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

5++++ Stars. Beautiful Book. Beautiful Narrator; Beautiful Author

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I’m resisting the urge to re-read immediately. I need to sit with it a while first. This is a beautiful book about life, love and choices. The poetry she chose to include was outstanding. Please write more Julia.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Bitter Taste of Dying

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jason Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

In his first book, author Jason Smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail time and learns the hard way that some demons cannot be outrun. While teaching in Europe, he meets a prostitute who secures drugs for him at the dangerous price of helping out the Russian Mafia; in China he gets his Percocet and Xanax fixes but terrifies a crowd of children and parents at his job in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another addiction story..

  • By suzanne on 02-22-17

A visceral dive into addiction.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I’ve read other addiction/recovery books but this one was much more visceral. The description of him giving CPR to his uncle was heartbreaking and horrifying. The jail time in Tijuana was the kind of tale that should be required reading for someone who wants to take drugs.

I’m trying to get my head around the cause of the opioid epidemic. This book tells of one person’s quick and easy drop off into the abyss.

His honesty was helpful to understanding how addicts can separate themselves from their conscious.

A good listen.

  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 776

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Adorable

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Therese Plummer really captured the diverse culture of the menu. Everyone sounded like they brought their usual A-GAME.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Those Things We Never Said

  • By: Marc Levy, Chris Murray - translator
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father...and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones. Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Nicki on 03-10-18

Ten Stars Worthy.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

As a parent, as a daughter, as a spouse - this book hit on every one. The writing is exquisite and the narration was perfect. I'll re-listen to this book many times.

  • Rule of Law

  • By: Randy Singer
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team were to break them out. But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top. Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding legal and military thriller!

  • By Wayne on 10-19-17

Too much religion.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

It's preachy - from a religious and political point of view. It "re-frames" recent political events with misinformation. No thanks.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Guts

  • The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
  • By: Kristen Johnston
  • Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should win awards for best audiobook performance

  • By Ohjohnny on 03-19-12

Fantastic!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Kristen bravely tells her story about coming clean to friends, family and mostly to herself. Her insight benefits everyone, regardless of what kind of monkey is riding on their back. I will absolutely listen to this book again and again.

  • 'It's Not About the Sex' My Ass

  • By: Joanne Hanks, Steve Cuno
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Ellington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Get ready to laugh. Get ready to be outraged. And get ready to see polygamy as no one has ever revealed it before. Joanne tells their crazy story with humor and honesty. You'll share her angst over sharing her husband. You'll meet her "sister wives", a prophet calling himself a "celestial stud service" who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You'll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Serious Tale Told With Honesty, Wit & Humor

  • By Dennis Asbury on 07-01-15

A Beautiful Conversion of Tragedy To Comedy

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of 'It's Not About the Sex' My Ass to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print. I loved the narrator so I think audible was perfect medium. I kept thinking I was listening to the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 'It's Not About the Sex' My Ass?

The underlying story is important. Many of us are potentially vulnerable to "buying into" a false religion; a utopian dream. She followed her heart into polygamy and she followed her heart out. The author presented a serious situation with self-deprecating humor. She is very funny. I hope she writes more books.

Which character – as performed by Kimberly Ellington – was your favorite?

Joanne!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mark and the Void

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul's fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But Paul's plan is not what it seems - and neither is Claude's employer, the Investment Bank of Torabundo, which swells through dodgy takeovers and derivatives trading until - well, you can probably guess how that shakes out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Catherine on 02-19-16

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

If you could sum up The Mark and the Void in three words, what would they be?

Humor. Humanity. Greed.

Because this book was written by Paul Murray and because I loved "Skippy Dies", this was a must read. Had I just read the book description blurb, I may not have picked this book up.

I've seen two separate book descriptions and both feel woefully inadequate. This book is so much more. This book is about life, love, failure, success, humanity's impact on this earth, technology's impact on humanity, income inequality, corporate greed, the haves and the have nots... to say the least.

From this work of fiction, I gained a better understanding of real life income inequality and the banking shenanigans that crashed the economy and that are still being carried out today.

I'm completely split on feeling satisfied by a humorous love story with the perfect ending and feeling really pissed about corporate and investment - some illegal but mostly legal - practices pulled over our eyes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mark and the Void?

Explanations of how the wealthy are making bank off the misfortune of others.

Any additional comments?

Derek Perkins did a wonderful job narrating. He covered quite a few nationalities quite well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful