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  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

In Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit takes on the conversations between men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't. The ultimate problem, she shows in her comic, scathing essay, is female self-doubt and the silencing of women. Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory, most recently The Faraway Nearby, a book on empathy and storytelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read - horrible performance

  • By Denise Johnson on 03-26-15

The title is deceptive!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Would you try another book from Rebecca Solnit and/or Luci Christian Bell?

No.

Has Men Explain Things to Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

The title is deceptive. The first five minutes is spent on the title's topic...then, it hops around to rape, woman's rights, colonialism, gay marriage, art etc....

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I listen to most everything in1.25 or 1.5, so don't ask me!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

You will not get too bored since the author jumps all over the place.

  • Between, Georgia

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Karen on 02-09-11

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Generally, I don't like fiction but this story had interesting characters, a bit of romantic interest ( I can't stand 'romances' either), a complex network of family ties and a few plot twists. Would appeal mostly to females.

  • Midnight in Peking

  • How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
  • By: Paul French
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Murder Still Mysterious

  • By Helen on 06-05-12

Best true crime novel!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Set in last days of the pre-WW2, pre-Japanese invasion, it was indeed a very interesting time. Peking is on the verge of falling to the Japanese invaders, when the body of a young girl is found murdered and grossly mutilated.
I found this a very engaging book...far more interesting than fictional mysteries.

  • Lost in Shangri-La

  • A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best use of a credit in quite a whlle.

  • By dan on 05-01-11

Best Listen in a long time

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

Reviewed: 01-23-13

An engaging story that proves the old saw "truth is stranger than fiction". A definite must listen for anyone with even a shred of interest in history. Has a Indiana Jones feel to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Power & Beauty

  • By: Tip "T.I." Harris, David Ritz
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Hip-hop artist Tip "T.I." Harris has received every acclaim the music world has to offer. Now, working with bestselling celebrity collaborator David Ritz, T.I. applies all his talent and experience to the world of fiction by creating the epic love story of Power and Beauty. After the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul “Power” Clay allows himself to be guided by Slim, a local businessman. Slim always has the best of everything, and Power is sure that if he learns Slim's ways, he'll make something of himself - and perhaps be worthy of Tanya “Beauty” Long.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suprised by T.I.'s story telling skills

  • By Dream on 07-11-12

The ending is a cliffhanger... to be continued

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

Reviewed: 10-04-12

The ending is a cliffhanger... to be continued. I didn't really like that aspect of it.
Also, both Power and Beauty both 16 at the start of the story, don't give you a sense that they are teenagers. They act like grown 40 year-olds without any teenage angst or 'tudes'. Entertaining but not real.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Secret Language of Knitters
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    60 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Secret Language of Knitters

  • By: Mary Beth Temple
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Temple
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

The Secret Language of Knitters is a humorous dictionary of knitting terms. Knitters use terms like "frog," and "WIP". Mary Beth explains them all, from A-Z, with humor and wit, drawing on knitting experiences and stories gathered over a lifetime of knitting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Fun Fun

  • By IRINA on 11-01-12

Insights into knitting and knitter's obessions

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Very funny! Loved it! I think even my husband who doesn't knit would have good laugh. Hey, he likes to make fun of me and my hobbies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Objects of My Affection

  • By: Jill Smolinski
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you can relate to "Too Much Stuff"...Read on!!

  • By Susan B. Jamieson on 08-01-12

Interesting, realistic, enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-05-12

It's not really a romance (thank god, I can't stand those silly things) or a chick lit book (no mention of Jimmy Choo shoes whatever those are). It's a good nonfiction with a decent storyline -for me not too complex, not too simple, not too many characters.

The main character shows some growth about how she deals with her troubled son. She finally evolves and learns to put herself first.

I also like books where I can learn interesting asides about places, events or things or that motivate to do new things. This read encouraged me to start cleaning out my closets!!

This story had two characters that I really could relate to-the son who was very much like my daughter (now deceased-rehab can do so much) and Marva who was very much like my mother except she (and fortunately not much of a hoarder) was an architect.

I really enjoyed this read except for the narrator. The narrator spoke in a slow, sexy, languid almost "porn' style" which almost puts you to sleep. I rarely have any complaints about narrators but this one really creates a mess.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unraveling of Violeta Bell

  • A Morgue Mama Mystery
  • By: C. R. Corwin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176

Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, the Best of readers

  • By Donna on 03-31-08

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-15-11

Light, engaging, entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit annoying-too old and scratchy although in character.

  • The Knitting Circle

  • By: Ann Hood
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle will change her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Relentlessly Dreary

  • By J. C. Georgia on 06-06-08

New Knitter's Review

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

Reviewed: 10-15-09

Not great but enjoyable, definitely falls into chick lit category. Interesting side comments on knitting.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fat, Fifty, and Fxxxed!

  • A Fast & Furious Novel
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Martin Carter is having a crook day. His home life's a misery, he's been retrenched by the bank, and everyone's forgotten his birthday. But a million-dollar payroll, a pistol, and a split-second decision change everything. Hurtling north on a motorcycle with the intriguing Faith, Martin encounters a mysterious hit-man, a new-age bike gang, a reclusive media mogul, and the booby-trapped mountain hideout of an old schoolmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Judy on 09-23-06

Fun, lots of laughs

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

Reviewed: 06-30-09

Very enjoyable,light and completely unbelievable. Doesn't tax your mind. Reader could have been better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful