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  • The Feral Detective

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: Zosia Mamet
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigates the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and finds Arabella is in serious trouble - caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh

  • By Mike in Dallas on 11-17-18

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I love Jonathan Lethem, and love Zosia Mamet (on screen), but she is not cut out for audiobook narration. Voice is beyond vocal fry and not powerful enough. Bummed, couldn’t get beyond half-way, had to give up.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Stop Won't Stop

  • A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
  • By: Jeff Chang
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook is read by a robot

  • By Matty D on 12-30-17

Narration gets better

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

The narration for the 1st hour or so is horrible, but thankfully it gets better. The substance of the book is great.

  • The Beautiful Fall

  • Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
  • By: Alicia Drake
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A "must hear" for fashion history enthusiasts

  • By Bamabooma on 02-12-15

Very good except wrong French pronounciations

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

It's coo-ture, not coe-ture. She gets it right with "boutique," so not sure how "couture" got off the rails. Otherwise, an entertaining story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Smiths' Meat is Murder (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Joe Pernice
  • Narrated by: Neal Huff
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12

A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it life a lifeboat in a storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder

  • By Kat on 12-05-08

Not really about the album

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

As opposed to other "33 1/3" books, this one is not primarily about "Meat Is Murder," but instead is the author's tale of high school angst, with the LP playing only a supporting / inspirational role. There is no background information on the making of the LP, just a sprinkling of the author's thoughts on the songs.

  • Holler If You Hear Me

  • Searching for Tupac Shakur
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971–1996) was an American rap artist, actor, and social activist. More than seventy-five million of his albums have sold worldwide, making him one of the bestselling music artists in the world. Rolling Stone magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

Shakur also gained notoriety for his conflicts with the law and time spent in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WORST PRODUCTION ON AUDIBLE!

  • By B Rose on 09-28-15

Narration makes this unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 12-16-12

The narrator's voice is fine, but stating "quote" and "unquote" at the beginning and end of EVERY quote, no matter how minor, disrupts any flow and is extremely distracting, especially in a book that is extremely reliant on quotes. I wanted to finish this, but after 2 hours, gave up because of this peculiar and irritating style.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour

  • A Narrative History of Black Power in America
  • By: Peniel E. Joseph
  • Narrated by: Beresford Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

An acclaimed chronicler of the Civil Rights Movement, Peniel Joseph presents this sweeping overview of a key component of the struggle for racial equality: the Black Power movement. This is the story of the men and women who sacrificed so much to begin a more vocal and radical push for social change in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Introduction, not thorough at all

  • By Grover on 07-29-14

Excellent overview of under addressed era

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

There are far too few audiobooks addressing African-American history, especially those not focused on Dr. King and the mid 60s era. For me, who is coming to this genre with only general knowledge, it really whets my appetite for more. I was afraid that by calling it a "narrative history," that the author would more or less just link quotes together, but it is presented as a chronological history that is more helpful to novices such as myself. The author presents the material in a relatively objective manner, which adds to the book's accessibility. A very valuable work.

  • 1968

  • The Year That Rocked the World
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terrible reader

  • By phineas on 08-12-04

still very good, even despite narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

What made the experience of listening to 1968 the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the interweaving of the more familiar events in the US with the events in both Western and Eastern Europe - it gave a fresh summary and perspective to a year that's been oft-covered.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Cazenove?

Rob Shapiro would have been great. The narrator was quite irritating with his mispronunciations.

Any additional comments?

I hesitated to download this one because of the comments about the narrator, but did anyway because the author/story seemed promising. Glad I did - the narrator is rather awful, but the book was still worth it. And if you've listed to

3 of 3 people found this review helpful