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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,663

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This book is one of the best I've read in years. I recommend a print copy along with the audio, because there are a lot of characters to keep straight, and it helped to be able to look back.

  • 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 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 843

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

True Trans Soul Rebel

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Laura Jane Grace is so inspiring, and I am so glad that she has shared her experience with us. If I were to change one thing about the audio book, I would have used the format to its fullest and incorporated music and lyrics more. Especially when she brings up a specific song. I bounced between this and the music quite a bit, which enhanced my reading.

  • F*ck Feelings

  • One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems
  • By: Michael Bennett MD, Sarah Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Other self-help books claim to reveal the path to happiness, but F*ck Feelings warns that convincing yourself that there is such a path will actually lead you to feel like a true failure. What the Bennetts can promise you is that you can manage any situation life throws at you if you can keep your sense of humor, bend your wishes to fit reality, restrain your feelings, manage bad behavior, and do what you think is right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, But Not Meant For Audio

  • By Trevor on 11-27-15

Cheeky, useless

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I am tired of people thinking that using profanity in their writing immediately makes the writing better, because often it just works as a smokescreen. The writing in Fuck Feelings is okay, but extremely redundant and forgettable, and it often generalizes itself into extremely weird corners. Basically what I learned from this book is that I don't need this book.

I ended up listening to this at 1.5 speed, just to get it over with quicker.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Our Revolution

  • A Future to Believe In
  • By: Bernie Sanders
  • Narrated by: Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment. By the time Sanders' campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such an important book!

  • By B.Arbuckle on 12-10-16

Feel the Bern!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I agree with Bernie so much that it is painful to hear his platform so completely laid out and make so much sense. However, this might be a bit too dry at times, and I wish that Sanders read the whole thing -- I did not like Ruffalo's sections too much. He does not hold the same gravitas that Sanders holds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,301

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Superbly tight sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

This was fantastic! I picked it up as an Audible freebie, and was expecting to kill a couple of hours and not really pay much attention to it. What I got was a tight, amazing science-fiction story that does not spare time for useless side stories or unnecessary interactions.

Everything in this book makes sense. Scalzi first makes the science fiction claim (anyone murdered comes back to life), and holds to that rule. There are no flaws in logic that I caught, and the only loophole that you can really say is discussed within the story. It has been years since I have picked up a sci-fi book and not found a million plot holes littered throughout.

On top of the amazing premise, we are given characters who actually are impactful. Even characters who only are around for a chapter have personality and are interesting -- which is even more impressive considering the brevity of the novel.

I had never read Scalzi before, so I didn't know what I was getting into. But if his longer fiction reads as well as this novella, I will probably pick up everything he offers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    3,519 ratings
    Overall 3.0
  • Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

  • By: Pappy Pariah
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,200
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,201

By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just friggin weird man...

  • By agreenbuddha on 12-12-16

Weird, Poetic Story

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

This was a weird, weird story with an unsettling protagonist and confusing narrative. At times it is gorgeous, like the conversation about losing ourselves to the darkness or simply creating it. At others, I enjoyed the pure ridiculousness of it all -- I just about died when the helicopter dropped on the house like some kind of Black Hawk Wizard of Oz scenario. Or the Hasidic Jew on the Run in South America was a great scene that ultimately went nowhere.

I have to say that I didn't /get/ a lot of Bob Honey's story. Logically, I put together a lose timeline, and I understand that this isn't supposed to be literal. But what message Pappy Pariah (or more likely Sean Penn) wanted to leave me with is kind of muddled. Am I supposed to root for Bob Honey? Who kills elderly people with a mallet?

Sean Penn's throaty, mumbly voice is hard to follow at times (especially at the beginning). I did enjoy the cut ins from the "robot voice" and I loved the fourth wall breaking that happened when this voice was called out. The rest of the cast isn't in it much to make note of, but the did an alright job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inner View of Hidden Women

  • By SydSavvy on 01-04-15

Beautiful and tragic

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This book was fantastic. Hashimi has a perfect grasp on tension, because she alternated between Rahima and Shekiba at the exact moment that I felt she needed to. Both stories are incredibly well told, and the writing is definitely gripping.

This is not an easy book to read. The lives of these two women are not easy, and often I just felt so lost that they could not catch a break. More than once, I just asked "Why do people care so much if they have a boy or a girl?" out loud to no one in particular.

This book doesn't ever answer that question, because at its heart this is about making your own destiny. Ultimately, who cares if you are born a boy or a girl, you will be given tests to make yourself better. Never lie down in the face of adversity. There is so much to unpack from this book, and I will definitely continue to look for Hashimi's novels because her writing style is wonderful.

As for Hammond's performance, I loved it! Her voice was easy to listen to while still keeping my attention. (This book never put me to sleep!)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,190

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it even more than the film!

  • By Bella on 01-23-14

Classic for a reason!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

This book was so good! For most of my life, I've stayed away from Stephen King because I thought he was a pulp writer. The way I figured was anyone pumping out that many books so frequently couldn't have been worth reading. I am so glad that I gave him a shot!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,398

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

TV Killed the Radio Star

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

As a reader in a post motion picture world, it is really hard to gain the right kind of atmosphere for a good horror story. Even reading on a dark and stormy night doesn't induce chills like it might have in the Victorian era (never mind the fact that this book is from 1959, a generation removed from the Draculas and Frankensteins).

Without the suspenseful strings or nerve-wracking door openings, a horror story loses some of the punch. Especially one like The Haunting of Hill House, where there is only one point of view.

That being said, Jackson takes the gothic and runs with it. There is a lot to unpack in this relatively short novel, from thoughts on family to feminism to possible lesbianism (like all good Victorian imitations, we would never outwardly admit to such scandals!). I can definitely understand why this is an important book.

As for the performance, Bernadette Dunn is a little dry for my tastes. Her inflections for the characters is so subtle that it is difficult to tell characters apart at times. This, especially, is something I expect from my audiobooks now that I have read a few. Most readers have such unique voices for each character that it is a treat. Here, Dunn reads them mostly in her own voice and only barely changes it up.

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a chase!

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10

Spy Thrillers Translate Better On Film

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I love spy thrillers. James Bond, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., even Angelina Jolie's Salt is in my top favorites. So I figured that my loves for those kinds of movies would translate to a love of the spy novel. Instead I found a mixed bag.

The Day of the Jackal is meticulously planned out and executed. Forsyth knows his details and sticks to them, sometimes to the detriment of the story. Pages and pages were devoted to the smallest thing, and this really killed the momentum of the book. And let's talk about that for a moment -- what would have been excitingly fast-paced in a two hour movie is instead spread out over a thirteen hour book. I never had any fear that the Jackal would be caught before the finale, because what would be left for the story? This made tertiary characters even less interesting when they were disposed of.

Do not misunderstand me, though -- I enjoyed this book. Especially because I picked it up as a whim, and had no expectations to go into. (It wasn't until halfway through the book that I learned this is somewhat of a classic.) That made this find something more natural and refreshing than I would have found if I was told this was an important book.

Simon Prebble's narration is inoffensive, if a little boring. I had to switch it off and find other entertainment at times, but it became a good groggy distraction with my morning tea.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful