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  • Bad Reception

  • By: Justin Michael, Eric Martin
  • Narrated by: Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, Kyle Mooney, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 304

[Contains explicit content] Get ready for a completely improvised and unscripted Audible Original that invites you to listen in on the funniest phone calls from the world’s weirdest town. Bad Reception is an entirely improvised comedy, set entirely on the phone. A cast of over 40 top comedians and improvisers brings to life (and completely makes up) the story of South Grampers, Northern California - the Movie Theater Butter Capital of the World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Astounding

  • By Sam on 09-30-18

Basically Just An Improv Show

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

The cast and premise fall firmly in the wheelhouse of Earwolf podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang, but make less sense. It's clear that these bits have been improvised, because they don't double back when the bit falls flat, just say yes-and, and keep going. This leads to cyclical, strange, and downright wasted chapters. I love nearly every comedian who participated in this, but the end result just isn't that good.

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,553

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Captivating, In An Otherwise Bland Genre

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

To write about a quasi-ongoing scandal in the true crime genre is no easy feat, but Carreryrou does a great, and honest, job. The mania that transpired behind the scenes at Theranos is nearly unbelievable, but Carreyrou handles it with the utmost journalistic integrity. He provides backstory and no shortage of credible and interesting facts to back up the seemingly wild accusations made about the rise and fall of Theranos.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,807

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Too Sharp for My Taste

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

There is no question in my mind that this is a well-written novel. Gillian Flynn is a talent and a master of twists and turns. I am a regular reader of fairly grisly true crime books, and loved Gone Girl, so I decided to push through and read Sharp Objects.

I would say ⅞ of the book is tough. The protagonist is plagued with a number of personal demons, and her relationships with those around her are fraught with complication. Dark, sad, painful things happen.

The ending, which I won’t spoil, however, made me physically ill. Truly, literally sick. It’s a good twist, literarily speaking, but this is not just a thriller. It belongs in the “horror” genre.

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,558

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Who Says Architecture & Murder Don't Mix?

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Erik Larson weaves a rich story with well-developed and sympathetic characters, making a 100+ year old crime feel as fresh as Ann Rule's accounts of her friend Ted Bundy. There was, however, a whole lot of time spent on architectural details, making the book feel like a straight split between an account of architectural history and true crime. I often found myself fast-forwarding when it came to the minutiae of the buildings and their design, but I did walk away with a deeper knowledge of the era, the World's Fair, and the man who killed so very many people.

Even as a true crime enthusiast, I must admit that the ending turned my stomach completely, and those with a faint constitution may want to hold off.

  • Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful

  • A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss
  • By: Stephanie Wittels Wachs
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wittels Wachs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs's life forever.... Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance? In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother's struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This is the truest story I’ve read of the baffling heartbreak that is addiction robbing a close family of a genius...

  • By A. S. on 03-31-18

A Difficult Look At The Subject

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

As a big fan of Harris and his comedy, I was brought to tears by Stephanie's moving essays and blog posts about her brother's life after his passing. This book digs a lot deeper... to a reality that may have been best not shared in full. At times, the truth about Harris's addiction is raw and unflattering, to the point of seeming slightly exploitative. I appreciated learning of their beautiful relationship and Stephanie's personal growth, but it was tough to hear some of the darker details of Harris Wittels' addiction and treatment of those around him, like an ex whom he literally stalked and harassed.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,603

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Worth the Read

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Had McNamara lived to finish the book herself, I have no doubt it would be a five star piece. As it is, it’s still somewhat incomplete. I don’t blame the finishers or the author- writing this much about a cold case lends itself to the possibility of a tough ending. Dying before you can finish writing about it makes it even rougher. Even still, it’s beautifully written with empathy, heart and humanity, with subject matter that will give you chills.

  • Love and First Sight

  • By: Josh Sundquist
  • Narrated by: Pat Young
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

On his first day at a new school, blind 16-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right? As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great diversity and message. Super cute read!

  • By BreAnna on 10-27-17

Meh and First Sight

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

This was a cute story with a tough second act. I wouldn't read it again, but it's an easy and quick listen.

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