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  • Assassination Vacation

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • extremely entertaining and informative

  • By Rachel on 08-17-05

More satisfying with every listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I have enjoyed this book at least three times, and with each listen, the heart, the pathos, and the humor sinks a little deeper.

  • Dr. Katz: The Audiobook

  • By: Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, H. Jon Benjamin, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The doctor is back with a whole book of sessions from guests like Jon Hamm, Louie Anderson, Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Mamet, Wanda Sykes, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts and a slew of others. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just beautiful!

  • By Oscar Slovak on 08-16-18

Satisfying.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I loved this show when it was on Comedy Central, but thought that was all there would ever be. This new audiobook version picks up on the same theme. It translates well without visuals, but does require a little more explicitly stated exposition. Well done and fun to listen to.

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  • Failure Is an Option

  • An Attempted Memoir
  • By: H. Jon Benjamin
  • Narrated by: H. Jon Benjamin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

While he's not quite a household name, most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin, the voice-actor star of Archer and Bob's Burgers (and a sentient can of mixed vegetables in 2015's Wet Hot American Summer) a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. In a hilarious, self-deprecating memoir, Jon lays out some of his many failures in all areas of life, from Work ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to Family ("wherein a trip to PF Chang's fractures a family").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No joke, This book helped my marriage

  • By Gisela on 05-07-18

Delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

If you are one who hopes that an actor you like has the personality you imagine, then you will find this book immensely gratifying.

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  • The Tuesday Club Murders

  • 13 Miss Marple Mysteries
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

The unifying premise for this short-story collection is the Tuesday Club: six people who meet socially one evening at Jane Marple's home and then decide to meet regularly each Tuesday night to solve a mystery that a group member must relate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Queen of Crime & the best Miss Marple, Joan!

  • By moonshroob on 10-20-11

The Pleasantest Murders

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Reviewed: 02-22-18

Perfect reading of a comfortable series of Christie shorts. The framing device doesn't fit perfectly, as a few collections were combined here, but it doesn't affect the individual stories. This is my audio comfort food.

  • Half Empty

  • By: David Rakoff
  • Narrated by: David Rakoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better heard than read

  • By Maeghan on 12-15-10

Another Gorgeous Rakoff Collection

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Reviewed: 08-27-17

David Rakoff is one of the all-time great first-person non-fiction writers at laying one perfect word beside the last.

  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries (1977-2002)
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,134

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A softer, sweeter Sedaris

  • By Pamela J on 05-31-17

Like the essays? Then you will like this.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I enjoy these immensely. You can certainly see how David Sedaris honed his abilities as a writer through these diaries. Very entertaining, the editing is expert enough that they never get dull, and you can spy the inspiration from the stories in his entries. Recommended for any fan of the author.

  • The Commitment

  • Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
  • By: Dan Savage
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing, but missed Dan's voice

  • By Michelle on 09-21-11

Good book; prefer a Savage narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-15

I enjoyed the book as I have all of Dan's books, but this is the only one I heard with a different narrator. The characters (Dan's family members) come across much differently in his voice.

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