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Page de couverture de Bad Blood

Made my blood boil!

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Évalué le: 2018-09-28

A horrifying true story of the breakdown of a Silicon Valley darling that kept me captivated to the end. While this isn't a traditional "true crime" book with unsolved murders and missing corpses, I would highly recommend it to all the "murderinos" out there. The fact that no one died is a miracle! To push out a phone or app before it is ready is ill-advised; to do the same with a device that people are intended to use to make life-altering medical decisions is unethical and criminal! I hope that Holmes and Balwani are both held to account for their actions. Fantastic writing and investigating on the part of Carreyrou; his role in the unmasking of Theranos goes to show why long-form reporting is still so important. Narrator Damron handled the salacious story well.

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Tragic and uplifting

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Évalué le: 2018-09-14

This book came highly recommended from a coworker and when I saw that the audiobook was read by one of my favourite narrators, Julia Whelan, I knew I had to give it a listen. Westover's story was so full of trauma and abuse, it made getting through it tough at times, despite the compelling writing. She showed that breaking free of a toxic family is never easy and, even if I felt like yelling at young Tara for going back to her father's house again and again, her writing made it clear that healing is a process that takes time and often involves going backwards in order to go forward. I definitely recommend this one, either in print or as an audiobook. #Audible1

Page de couverture de Bellweather Rhapsody

A missed treasure!

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Évalué le: 2018-08-21

I discovered this book through a Twitter thread of tragically underexposed books and I recommend it HIGHLY. It’s like the Westing Game and Glee and The Shining had a book baby together. As a person who used to do high school arts retreats (yep, I was a theatre geek), the little dramas of the teenage musicians rang so true! Amidst all the hormones and the angst are murders and adults dealing with their own, darker issues in a snowed-in hotel. There’s a reveal in the later chapters that had me crying. I’m really excited that the author has announced she has a new book coming from HMH in 2019 and can’t wait to read it!

Page de couverture de The Song of Achilles

The Trojan War gets Miller's masterful treatment

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Évalué le: 2018-08-15

I LOVED Miller’s most recent book, Circe. Despite this, and the fact that The Song of Achilles was highly celebrated when it first came out, I was prepared to be a little disappointed by this audiobook. How could it compare to Circe, which was so masterful?! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the two were near equals. I knew little to nothing about the Trojan War and Achilles, so I assumed that his romantic relationship with Patroclus was invented by Miller for her book. A little research afterward revealed that the ancient texts could be interpreted as the two being lovers. The more you know! Frazer Douglas' narration was on point, even for the rasping tones of Achilles' mother.

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Horrifying but ultimately uplifting

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Évalué le: 2018-08-15

I am an extremely privileged person, so I have been protected and ignorant of the systematic abuses that people face, especially black folks in the Southern US. Listening to Anthony Ray Hinton's memoirs was difficult (and not because of Bryan Stevenson's narration, which was stellar!) It was hard to comprehend the levels of injustice that the author suffered at the hands of the State of Alabama that kept him on death row for nearly three decades. I was moved by Hinton's ability to stay true to himself and bring dignity and light to the most horrendous circumstances. I have never been a supporter of the death penalty but reading Hinton's accounts really hammered home the injustice and inhumanity of the practice; I hope that Oprah's support of this book will help change state policy where corporal punishment is still in place.

Page de couverture de Alias Grace

Historial (fictional) true crime

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Évalué le: 2018-07-28

I'm a big fan of Margaret Atwood's work in female-led Canlit and love that it has found success beyond our borders. My favourites have to be her first novel, The Edible Woman (which I have admittedly not reread in years) and her most well known work, The Handmaid's Tale. While I enjoyed Alias Grace, I wouldn't place it alongside my favourite Atwood books. Perhaps it was the audiobook format, but I didn't enjoy the info-dumps of the epistolary sections at all. I did appreciate the depth of Grace Marks' character, along with the nuance that Atwood wrote her character with. With the recent uptick in true crime's popularity as a genre, this fictional retelling of a sensationally popular murder case has a real place in today's literary landscape, even though the book is more than 20 years old and the crime happened 175 years ago.

Page de couverture de Born a Crime

Funny and heartfelt! (Bonus: learning?)

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Évalué le: 2018-07-28

I’ll admit that I knew very little about South Africa and its Apartheid Regime, beyond the broadest of strokes. While Noah’s memoirs were by turns hilarious and heartfelt, I most enjoyed learning about the history of his country: the arrival of the colonizers, their violent oppression of the native tribes, the 20th century implementation of Apartheid and the transition that the country went through to achieve hard-fought (though by no means perfect) equality. The personal lens of Noah’s family made for a fascinating account of racism and oppression. Highly recommend in audio, especially to hear Trevor’s many accents!

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Strength of a Goddess

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Évalué le: 2018-07-05

A great narrative following Circe as she finds her strength throughout the centuries of her life was so compelling. Having the Who's Who of Greek mythology pop up in her story was fantastic, plus having lesser known entities make appearances had me doing extra (enjoyable) research. Circe's voice and growth were believable and relatable, despite her being the immortal daughter of a sun god. I highly recommend this one and will be looking to read Miller's other Greek retelling, The Song of Achilles.

It was a well-done audiobook and Perdita Weeks' narration was full of goddess-like bearing.

Page de couverture de FREE - The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

Scarily relevant

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Évalué le: 2018-06-15

Why did I read this... again?! This has to be one of the scariest dystopian books ever written, but I still love it. I have read this now in three chapters of my life: high school, undergrad and adulthood. It never fails to give me the chills and fill me with anger.

Claire Danes was fantastic as Offred and the additional content at the end was fantastic.

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A classic for a reason... but where are the gals?!

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Évalué le: 2018-06-15

With all the badness in the world, I needed a palate cleanse. My one disappointment was the complete lack of lady characters, which I obviously didn’t register the last time I read The Hobbit (at 10). Still a great adventure that took my mind off the world and its woes for a little while.

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