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  • 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 126,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116,777
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116,227

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t hate it

  • By MerBear1981 on 04-18-19

Listened.... then listened again.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-19

This is such a wonderful memoir by Trevor Noah of The Daily Show. He writes (and narrates) with so much honesty, warmth, and humor about growing up in South Africa, the complicated dynamics of family life (made that much more complicated by his illegal status as a mixed race child), finding his place in a society where he really belonged nowhere, and witnessing horrific domestic violence.This book made me laugh out loud until I cried, made my stomach clench with sadness and horror, and left me in wonder over at least one actual miracle. Trevor's intelligence, curiosity, humor, and resilience gave me enormous respect for him. His narration, complete with renditions of a multitude of wonderful South African dialects, is a pure delight.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,553
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10,535

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bland

  • By Caroline on 01-28-19

A So-So Short Story

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

1. THIS IS A SHORT STORY, not a full-length novel. I usually take note of how long books are before I buy them, but I didn't this time, so imagine my surprise when I realized that I'd used a whole credit on a short story that is less than an hour long. :(
2. It was enjoyable enough, but full of stereotypes with no actual depth to any of the characters, including the main character.
3. As with most short stories, then ending leaves me wondering, what was the point? Really, what did we learn here? Southerners can be against gay marriage but not horrible monsters? That marriage is hard but if you put in a little effort it can get a little better? YAWN.
4. Diane Lane did an overall good job, but her Southern accent was terrible, so that was annoying.
I'm very disappointed in this purchase and will be more careful next time!

  • Clean

  • Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyOvercoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science - not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable narration

  • By John on 09-10-14
  • Clean
  • Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyOvercoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I couldn't get through more than 1/4 of this book--not because the subject matter wasn't interesting, but because the narration was unbearable. The narrator read it like he was reading characters in a novel, but adding all sorts of inappropriate inflection everywhere. I still really want to read this book and will get the physical book to read myself at some point. If you're really interested in this subject, I suggest you do the same.

  • Out of Sorts

  • Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
  • By: Sarah Bessey
  • Narrated by: Joell A. Jacob
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey, award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching. As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues - such as who Jesus is, what place the church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be - she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful and heartwarming.

  • By Sally Funk on 04-18-18

Sounded like a robot reading this!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Would you try another book from Sarah Bessey and/or Joell A. Jacob?

I am beyond disappointed in this experiencing. I could barely get past the foreword because of the automated sound of the reader. She sounds like those cartoons with the female robot voice. Or it's like being read to by Siri. I was SOOO looking forward to this book, but I will have to buy the book and read it myself, because listening to this was unbearable. I hate writing such a negative review, but seriously y'all, this was BEYOND bad.

What other book might you compare Out of Sorts to and why?

I don't know.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joell A. Jacob?

Anyone. Literally, anyone would have to have been better.

Did Out of Sorts inspire you to do anything?

Write this review and wish I could get my money back...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful