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  • The Day You Begin

  • By: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has created a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's audiobook reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes - and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs to be Longer

  • By Janelle on 09-11-18

Needs to be Longer

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is a good 5 minutes worth of words but my only complaint is it needs more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If They Come for Us

  • Poems
  • By: Fatimah Asghar
  • Narrated by: Fatimah Asghar
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Believe the Hype

  • By Rachel - Audible on 01-11-19

Mouthful of Magic

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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: 09-10-18

This is a perfect book for minority females to read as it empathizes the understanding of feeling like an outsider.

  • The Dark Between Stars

  • By: Atticus
  • Narrated by: Atticus
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

From the internationally best-selling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus. Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences - the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Sure I Just Fell In Love ALL Over Again

  • By M. A. G. on 12-10-18

My Only Complaint is it's too Short

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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: 09-06-18

I loved listening to his voice and his delivery was on point. I wish the book was longer.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pussy

  • A Reclamation
  • By: Regena Thomashauer
  • Narrated by: Regena Thomashauer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

Get ready to encounter a book that will change your experience as a woman in a powerful new way. Author, educator, and School of Womanly Arts founder Regena Thomashauer has been working with women for the past 25 years, and what began as just a few women in her living room has since grown into a global movement with thousands of graduates worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hippy Trippy Dilight

  • By Steff Doles on 04-27-17

Very Informative About Out Power

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book is educational, raw, inspiring, and a must have for all women out there. I love it.

  • South of Forgiveness

  • A True Story of Rape and Responsibility
  • By: Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger
  • Narrated by: Tom Bromhead, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner good-bye before boarding a plane to do a remarkable thing: fly 7,000 miles to South Africa to confront the man who raped her when she was just 16. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey to meet Thordis, wondering whether he is worthy of this milestone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important, uplifting and cutting edge story about rape

  • By Regina on 06-19-18

Good Story from Multiple Perspectives

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is a good story about healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and accountability for bad actions. This is the first time I've heard a collaboration from a victim and an offender. I'd like to hear more in the future and this was a good start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

  • By: Warsan Shire
  • Narrated by: Warsan Shire
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

What elevates Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam, reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best spoken word i ever heard ..thank you sistah

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-18

Average at its Best

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I feel like the book should have been longer and the tone should have been less serious to make it more entertaining.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How I Sold 80,000 Books

  • Book Marketing for Authors - Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers
  • By: Alinka Rutkowska
  • Narrated by: Nikki Delgado
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Warning: Listening to this 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, and implementing its strategies, may cause a significant income increase. "Probably the best and most comprehensive one-stop guide I have seen." - Rick DeStefanis, Award-Winning Author of The Gomorrah Principle. >"Alinka is extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to help authors in whatever way she can. I highly recommend this little gem of an audiobook!" - Patti Tingen, Award-Winning Inspirational Author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best in audio format

  • By Jess on 09-19-17

Good for Independent Authors

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

This is a good guide for Independent authors. This is not for me because I'm going to traditionally publish.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • A Memoir
  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Cupcake Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Maria B on 09-12-18

Resilient, Strong, and Brave

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I admired Cupcake's courage for sharing her hardships and road to recovery. Being raped, addicted to drugs, living on the streets, gang affiliation, and being shot are not easy thing to talk about. Despite all of her misfortune's she turned it around and made her way up in the legal field and is a successful lawyer. I enjoyed this piece of cake and was happy to hear this was a New York Times Best Seller.

  • I Still Want It

  • By: Derrick Jaxn
  • Narrated by: Derrick Jaxn
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 350

In I Still Want It, Derrick Jaxn delivers a life-changing collection of poems immersed in raw, passionate, but brave vulnerability. Dark truths of his lustful past, revelations during his ongoing battle with heartbreak, and empowering words of wisdom leave listeners with a renewed faith in a love they may have lost hope in finding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get Ready !!!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-08-17

Music to My Ears

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I loved listening to his sexy voice and poetry. He gave wisdom and knowledge that women need to hear!

  • Every Day I'm Hustling

  • By: Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Carr O'Leary
  • Narrated by: Vivica A. Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Vivica A. Fox is a dynamo who has created a lasting career on her own, through sheer, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY hustle. Every Day I'm Hustling is a personal book with a message Fox passionately believes in: that you make your own luck, that you never ever wake up in the morning thinking somebody's going to call you and offer you that part or ask you out on that date that's going to change your life, that you have to wake up and put on your longest eyelashes and fiercest heels and go out and make your life happen yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By colette on 04-09-18

I Loved It

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I loved it from start to finish and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I loved how she spoke with passion and confidence. My full name is even in the book!