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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95,490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,445
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,028

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Amazing story and storytelling!

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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: 11-26-17

Trevor Noah is so funny and emotive while talking about his truly remarkable childhood.
Also, I learned so much about South African society! Interestingly enough, Noah’s portrayal indirectly sheds light on race and racism in today’s United States. This is a truly extraordinary listen!

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,581

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

A bit of a letdown

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

I love Steve Martin from his movies, where he always cracks me up. Unfortunately, that's not why happened while I was listening to this memoir. Although there were some funny bits, the delivery was much more muted than I thought it would be. It's interesting as a sociohistorical document, I guess...but I missed laughing out loud.

  • The Diva Rules

  • Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top
  • By: Michelle Visage
  • Narrated by: Michelle Visage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva's not only glamorous, she's a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the '90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Grow Up & Screw Up"

  • By Empress Karen on 07-02-16

Michelle visage is so funny!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Ms. Visage a fantastic job of narrating her own story...and the advice she gives is not half bad! If you are a fan of 80s and 90s (and even 2010s!) queer pop culture and language, this is a listen for you!

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  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well imagined, absorbing

  • By Josh on 11-10-08

Such a fun, dorky read!

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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: 07-21-16

Neal Stephensons is such a master world crafter! He interweaves techy scifi and medieval monasticism so seamlessly. If you are a language geek, then you'll get a real kick out of this novel! (Also, great production--the chants between parts were awesome, literally!)

  • Redefining Realness

  • My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
  • By: Janet Mock
  • Narrated by: Janet Mock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 833

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering listeners accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Janet is elegant in her vivid honest pictures

  • By lisa on 03-23-16

Thought-provoking piece on human rights in the US!

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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: 06-06-16

It's so great to hear this story in her own voice! If you're interested in the human rights, this is a must read. It is so important to start hearing different stories in order to move away from all the essentializing and to start looking at each other as the people that we are. Janet Mock does so in a way that's accessible, entertaining, and heartwarming. Top marks!

  • English in America: A Linguistic History

  • By: Natalie Schilling, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Natalie Schilling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Think about this: How would you address a group of two or more people? Would you say: "you", "you all", "yous", "you lot", "y'all", "you guys", "you'uns", "yinz", or something else? Would that change depending on whom you were talking to or where you were? Your answers can provide revealing insights into who you are, where you grew up or live now, and your social, economic, and educational background. Welcome to the enthralling world of linguistics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally interesting course!

  • By Rachel Doyle on 02-10-17

A truly great course for newbies and experts alike!

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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: 06-02-16

A really insightful and entertaining course! Prof. Schilling presents a nuanced perspective on language in the US that is accessible to all.

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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,656

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Great novel...not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Yanagihara is an expert storyteller! She knows how to yank out your heart using only her words...and that's exactly what this novel does. This is by no means light reading, but if you're ready to plumb the heights and depths of the human condition; what a ride!

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  • Super You

  • Release Your Inner Superhero
  • By: Emily Gordon
  • Narrated by: Emily Gordon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Superheroes don't start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents' murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham. What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book filled with empathy and humanity.

  • By Vincent on 10-06-15

So fun and yet so right-on!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

This was the funniest and most appropriate self help book I have read. Emily V. Gordon is not only a poignant author but an awesome narrator to boot!

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,452

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

A must-read for every American! (and for everyone else too!)

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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: 04-03-16

This a truly superb novel! Adichie's characters provide a very thoughtful examination of love, race, and ethnicity in our globalized world. Everyone should read this in order to brust free from their bubble! If more Americans read this, so many complex issues would be understood so clearly.
The narrator really brings the characters to life, mindfully portraying all their linguistic nuances. An absolute joy to listen to!

  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

  • By Jessica on 12-28-13

A must read for any foodie!

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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: 01-19-16

This course will be very interesting for anyone who is into not just food but history, anthropology, economics, and political science as well. The lectures were very entertaining and offered from a fairly evenhanded perspective. I would have loved to take a class like this in college.

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