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  • Coraline

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids

  • By Melise on 03-19-08

My kids loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

My kids loved this story and thought it was scary in a good way. It’s great listening in the car.

  • Freshwater

  • By: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side". Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok.

  • By Likes to workout on 07-02-18

Just ok.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I originally bought the hard copy but was struggling to get past the first couple of chapters as the style of writing did not grab my attention at all. So I decided to listen to the audio in the hopes that the authors voice would bring more life to the written words. After much anticipation for this book I found myself not being able to identify with the writers character/characters at all. Maybe I should have gone in with no expectations but I had read so much press promising what this book was going to bring that, that was hard. I am still not much more enlightened as to what an Obanje is than before reading this book. I also don’t understand what makes the reader more of a God than anyone else. Since this book is supposed to be an autobiographical style I respect the author putting her truth out there. It is also important for stories like this to be heard in the African community, as we don’t address issues like multiple personality enough.
It’s hard to explain but I guess I was just hoping this book would be more in terms of helping us understand African spirituality. Instead I just left more confused. Overall I just felt the book lacked maturity. There was too much of an attachment to the physical body and human sexual behavior by all the characters inhabiting the body for me to be able to see the non human side of one split personality person.

Maybe the writer will write an update once she has gone further on the path of her/their own spiritual journey.

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,076

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

Easy listening.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This book was easy to listen to in typical Mindy K. humor. Get it if you don’t have any other books you want to listen to right now.