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  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • Written by: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • view changing.

  • By Allan on 2018-10-19

Terrifying

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Absolutely fascinating and on-point look at the way the internet outrage machine punishes people who don't meet the requirements of whatever is deemed to be acceptable behaviour. This book looks as how a single insensitive tweet can completely destroy the life of the person who sent it, and shines a light on how mass-humiliation is used to silence and ruin people who made even a single minor mistake. Jon Ronson critically examines the desire of the internet hive-mind to "take people to task" without any regard for what the long term impact of say, ending the career of a woman for delivering a poorly-worded joke about white privilege, will have before they move onto the next person who possibly pretended to yell in front of a sign that asked for silence at a war memorial.

While the book touches on the added angle of misogyny in a lot of this shaming, I feel like it could have been explored more thoroughly, but that's a whole other book.

All in all, this is an incredibly eye-opening read.

A very effective line: "Shamings are always about more than the transgression."

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Dimple Met Rishi

  • Written by: Sandhya Menon
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute!

  • By Shelley L on 2017-10-28

Charming

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

It's about 60% charm and 40% trope, a little bit contrived, and surprising in literally 0 ways, but reading it wasn't a punishment or anything and it's light and fun. The author hit a lot of cultural notes and alluded to some gnarly real-world stuff, but the book never actually explores any of the more mature themes. I'm kind of glad, it would have dragged down the overall story, but sometimes just hinting at a theme and not exploring it is worse than anything.

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  • Bitten

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 1
  • Written by: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Big Meh

  • By Macie on 2018-09-13

Big Meh

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another book about another lady werewolf, only she's literally the only female werewolf on the planet. Already you know ~she's not like other girls.~ She's definitely so so pretty and attractive, but doesn't really know it, but constantly reiterates how much men are attracted to her. Obviously she doesn't know about dresses and shoes because like I said, ~she's not like other girls and totally wouldn't stoop to that level of shallowness~ and there's pack politics and a love triangle between a super boring dude who doesn't know she's a werewolf and the dude she's been passionately in love with for a decade but like, he bit her and turned her into a monster, obviously, and so there's...tension. Even though there are pornographic scenes of their "coupling." There's kidnappings and murders and love and blood and bla bla bla.

This book hits every single required trope in the supernatural genre. It gets 3 stars because it finished stronger than it started, but I'm in no hurry to read any of the other books in this series.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

Not As Good As It Should Be

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Sapiens spends a lot of words not really saying anything. The first 2/3 of the book is about the origin of our species and the cognitive and agricultural revolutions, the downfall of Neanderthal. This was the interesting section. The back third of the book is The author postulating on what the point of humanity might be, while aggressively not knowing the difference between sex and gender and constantly conflating the two.

I can’t tell if this book is nihilist or if it’s hopeful, or if the author even likes being a human. He seems to have a pretty poor view about our worth overall.

The philosophies of morality, ethics, and law basically are reduced to “imagination” by the author who doesn’t bother looking at the nuance of why those things separate us from the animals, and he kind of treats these things with disdain. He’s the bro in the entry level philosophy class who has nothing to contribute but “everything is a social construct, so I’m not subject to laws durr” like some Libertarian backwash.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Waste Home

  • The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
  • Written by: Bea Johnson
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better. They now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring!

  • By Charlene Perry on 2018-06-03

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Another book I'm going to have to buy in hard copy.

I think some of her changes are a little extreme, and frankly the opposite of simplifying anything, but I've been working towards reducing my negative environmental impact for a while and I know there's more I can do. It's difficult living in a condo without outdoor space, and not being rich like the author's family, but there are lots of good tips here.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • Written by: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

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
  • F*ck Me @ That Last Sentence!

  • By Sunny on 2018-01-17

Excellent Thought Experiment

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

It's a great read, it's an interesting premise, and as a thought experiment, it's very compelling.

I'm not convinced that women would become sexually violent (or even just as regular violent) as men are, regardless of physical strengths being reversed, but I like the idea of entire generations of women growing up not being afraid of how men will hurt them.

And oh my god, that last line. *chef's kiss*

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  • F-Bomb

  • Dispatches from the War on Feminism
  • Written by: Lauren McKeon
  • Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Why are women leading the fight against feminism and women's rights? From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Even scarier, they are also leading the charge to send it to its grave. F-Bomb takes listeners on a witty, insightful, and deeply fascinating journey into today's anti-feminist universe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Liberal Feminism is a Disease

  • By Macie on 2018-09-13

Liberal Feminism is a Disease

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

There's no intellect here. It's aggressive, choosy-choice feminism that completely abandons the theories that are the foundation of feminism (i.e. LIBERATION FROM PATRIARCHY). DO NOT BOTHER.

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  • War on Peace

  • The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • Written by: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, but to "literary"

  • By Matthew on 2018-05-24

Ronan Farrow is immensely competent

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

There is nothing, NOTHING, more dramatic than politics. This has been true historically and is no less true today, especially with an incompetent toddler running a government via a narcissistic twitter feed.

Ronan Farrow is a skilled, experienced, intelligent public servant and journalist, and his work here is impressive and terrifying. I'm not necessarily opposed to the decline of American influence, but I am certainly opposed to increased militaristic activities that are funded by or happening as a result of the American government. I hope the world will recover from this collapse of diplomacy.

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  • My Best Friend's Exorcism

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Grady Hendrix
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok book... bad audio book

  • By Camila roman on 2019-03-20

Subversive and super fun

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This book was pretty fun. It's a tight narrative, not a lot of wasted space, and it kept me laughing the entire time. There's an interesting metaphor for misogyny here and the way it's executed is pretty successful, no matter how depressing it winds up being.

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  • Magic Bites

  • Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • Written by: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When magic is up, electricity dies, cars stall, and skyscrapers tumble; when it's down, phones and guns work, and defensive spells can't protect your house from the creatures who stalk the streets. Equally dangerous are the competing factions of The Pack - a highly organized and military clan who governs Atlanta's were-bears, -wolves, and -hyenas - versus the Masters of the Dead, power and knowledge-hungry necromancers whose minds control hordes of blood-crazed vampires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vamps, Shapeshifters and a snarky main character

  • By Nikola on 2018-05-30

Surprising

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

3.5 stars

Hey, a female protagonist in a supernatural fiction who doesn't solely exist to be ~not like other girls?~ I'll take it! It's not quite as Buffy as it wants to be, but the writing is easy to read, the plot is pretty organised, there's no obnoxious love triangle bullshit. There's one part where Kate Daniels gets all dressed up and does that thing where she talks about how she's never been able to gain weight that isn't muscle, but her waist is SO NARROW but at least she can still run, right?? HAHA and that part was cloying, but I'm interested in the universe and I'll pick up the next one for sure.

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