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  • BRAVE

  • By: Rose McGowan
  • Narrated by: Rose McGowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

In a strange world where Rose McGowan was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be required reading for every young woman

  • By Jenn on 02-09-18

Portrait of the artist as a BRAVE soul

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

In the tradition of memoirs written by strong female survivors, Rose McGowan shows a remarkable gift for vivid storytelling and powerful narration. For anyone who ever thought they could get to know actors by their work, anyone who ever believed the word of tabloid journalism, this is a straight punch to the gut.

In the current climate of awareness, this compulsively listenable book is a must. Listen to it and then pass it along. The message is certainly worth it.

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fucking. Amazing.

  • By Sunny James on 11-03-17

A riveting and endlessly entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This is one of the best memoirs I have listened to in a long time. The performance by Union is riveting and endlessly entertaining and her stories so grounded in vulnerability and truth that they will leave you thinking for days.
As a woman of color, a pop culture enthusiast, and a deep observer of celebrity culture, I could hardly have found a better selection this month. Her stories of growing up as a fish out of water and reconnecting with her cultural roots on her way to stardom are touching and witty. You will not be able to help feeling as though you have met a friend, a bold and defiant storyteller with whom to share one or many glasses of wine.

  • Self-Inflicted Wounds

  • Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation
  • By: Aisha Tyler
  • Narrated by: Aisha Tyler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102

Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it - weightier than you might think

  • By Kevin on 10-25-13

Self-inflicted awesomeness

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

Reviewed: 07-28-13

Where does Self-Inflicted Wounds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the closest thing to a "Bossypants" equivalent in 2013. Brilliantly written and narrated, this is not only good for a "comedy book", but great altogether.

What about Aisha Tyler’s performance did you like?

Ms. Tyler is having a wonderful conversation with the reader. Her narration seems effortless, and yet supremely polished. She makes funny look easy, which is one of the hardest things to do.

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