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  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,457

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

The most beautiful story I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. The author really captures the feeling of first love and first heartbreak. I often felt my heart in my throat and burning in my eyes while listening to this book. This is one that I will never forget!

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been There

  • By S. Scarborough on 11-26-12

Beautiful and Familiar

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

When I was a teenager and in my second rehab I found and read Nic Sheff’s memoir, Tweak. Through his story I read about myself and what I was feeling at the time. I have read it many times since, as well as his later books and have loved them all. Now, after 5 inpatient rehab stays, years of outpatient drug counseling, therapy and medications, I am reading this book with over 5 years sober. Beautiful Boy was a beautiful version of so many of our stories, and has allowed me to reflect on a huge part of my life that I often forget.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,421

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

A book that will make you laugh and cry.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

This book was really special. I found myself wondering if the author somehow knew my father and had decided to write a book about him. Her descriptions of Rex often brought tears to my eyes, as similar memories of my own dad came to my mind. I felt that the author really captured what it's like to have so much love, admiration and faith in someone, even when they've let everyone down over and over again. Beautifully written.

  • Life After Death

  • By: Damien Echols
  • Narrated by: Damien Echols
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Living Poem

  • By Kelli Perkins on 05-22-13

Beautiful

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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: 01-20-17

I will never forget the stories that were told in this book. They have impacted me in ways that I cannot describe. I am angry that our judicial system has and continues to destroy the lives of innocent people, but am so incredibly happy that Damien survived. I felt that I was hearing stories about myself in some parts, and I wish I could articulate those thoughts further. Damien's story will stick with me, always.

  • Tranny

  • Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
  • By: Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi
  • Narrated by: Laura Jane Grace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 840

A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful story and performance.

  • By Cody on 02-11-17

Incredible

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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: 11-17-16

I have been waiting to listen to this book since it's existence was first announced and was not disappointed. Even after watching all of the episodes of True Trans, listening to Against Me! since middle school and also watching countless interviews, this book has given me such a beautiful and real insight to the life of someone I admire. Laura, well done, and thank you for letting us in.

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