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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,165

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Beautiful, Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This is a great experience for a car ride or long train trip. Mulligan is a fantastic story teller, giving emotional & relatable performance.

  • Whipping Girl

  • A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
  • By: Julia Serano
  • Narrated by: Julia Serano
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observation - both pre- and post-transition - to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Tamika on 11-05-16

This book will make you uncomfortable.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

If I had more space the title of this review would be "this book will make you uncomfortable and that's why you should read it.
Forget every chapter, every paragraph of Serrano's book is an education. The chapters ebb and flow between horrifying historical facts, (typical of history's treatment of any kind of "outlier") emotional anecdotes and fiercely educational moments. While I did struggle to remember a the terms (cis privilege, right here) I do feel like I ended the book feeling more educated and empathetic to transgender people. At the very least, I have a better understanding of just how deep cis privilege goes and can reflect further on how to better myself and be conscious of my privilege as a move through the world.

I knock it down a star because I do think Serrano's narration is a too slow. I often speed up books but increased the speed here even more than usual.

  • Make Trouble

  • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead: My Life Story
  • By: Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson - contributor
  • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 435

From Cecile Richards - the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue) - comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

  • By Judith M. McLean on 05-02-18

Incredibly Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I feel like I should begin with the classic disclaimer of "I don't usually like it when (fill in the blank...well here's my blank) authors perform their own work BUT Cecile Richards is sublime.
I knew very little about Cecile and her story other than her work at PP so I went I with an open mind. I was surprised and delighted at the raw, emotional and honest account of her life throughout it's various up and downs. And if you take anything away from this book, it's that organizing can be as heartbreaking as it is rewarding. Cecile does a truly lovely job narrating her side of various events and while she's always very respectful, I appreciate how unapologetic she is for her politics and her work over the years.
Hers is a story of grassroots organizing with a "pull up your bootstraps" attitude. She is humble and thoughtful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even mildly interested in politics or entrepreneurship. I find that good lessons and honest storyteling transcend industries and are relevant to all walks of life. You'll find both in this book.

  • Her Body and Other Parties

  • Stories
  • By: Carmen Maria Machado
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 239

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks needed

  • By Nora on 04-06-18

Give it a Try. It surprised me.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this book and found the performance to be a little too aggressive for my tastes.
But after discussing it in book club I was blown away. Everyone in the group had such different perspectives on the characters and their stories. Everyone had different interpretations and appreciated different aspects of different stories.
The mark of a great piece of literature is touching different lives in different ways. I've been in this book club for over two years and there's never been so much variety in our interpretations. I was certain impressed but I was truly moved at the end of our discussion. This book may not have been for me, but I would recommend it to anyone.

  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

  • By: Julia Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Blanca Camacho, Annie Henk, Annie Kozuch, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, interesting story

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-15-17

I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I really enjoyed this book.
its a truly lovely story told be a series of unrealisable narrators. It's a wonderful example of how a family stories, which are so engrained in our family's collective memory are usually remembered very different and how the stories that shape us evolved. I enjoyed the unusual structure of this book and the many truths it captures. Iencters are narated by different actors and I always enjoy that.

  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • Crossing Press Feminist Series, Book 1
  • By: Audre Lorde
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in 20th-century literature. In this charged collection of 15 essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great material, awful performance

  • By Richie East on 07-05-17

DO NOT Listen to this Book - Read it.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What did you like best about Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches? What did you like least?

Audre Lorde is an amazing writer and essential voice to feminists, WOC, and the lesbian community. But to get the most out of this book you should pick it up at your favorite used bookstore. The lack of emotion in this performance lower Lorde's powerful words to the level of a barely successful used car salesman giving a high school commencement speech.

What other book might you compare Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches to and why?

Women, Race and Class - Angela Davis.
Ain't I a Woman - Bell Hooks

Mixing well researched, historical facts with personal anecdotes.

What didn’t you like about Robin Eller’s performance?

I wanted to finish this book for my monthly book club & when it was announced I was looking forward to it! I thought essays and speeches would inherently lend themselves to an audiobook seamlessly. I was very wrong.
This performance is embarrassingly awful. There's a severe lack of emotion and emphasis throughout the entire book. You can barely tell when one chapter/essay ends and the other begins.
Many times I played sections back because what was said should've been an extremely powerful moment & I wanted to absorb the impact of Lorde's words, but Eller's performance was so flat it lowers the quality of the message. It's really a tragedy considering the impact this book should be having on listeners.

Was Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches worth the listening time?

No. I eventually sped up the time to get through it faster.

Any additional comments?

Please have someone re-record this.

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  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Power to be better than the print version?

I wasn't getting into the print version, but really wanted to finish this book by deadline so I took the plunge and bought the audiobook. The performance is spectacular! The reader is terrific. They really got me into the characters and I nearly cried a few times at the sheer power of this story telling. Great job!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a terrific story that challenges the way we think about gender, power, the social dynamic we've created and evolution itself. It was engrossing, frustrating, empowering and terrifying. I both hated and loved the way it challenged me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's over 12 hours, so no.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,090

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

Not my thing.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

It basically seemed the she was whining about having a perfectly fine life. Didn't finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful