I finished this book two days ago and am having trouble writing a review. I can’t find fault with either the story or narration, but I don’t love it either. Or maybe I do. I really can’t decide how much I like it. This is one of my more favorite books of the category, though.
This book stands out because it is a novel. It also stands out because it is humorous, but I never laughed out loud. (continued by clicking on title)
I really enjoyed the first two CDs of this audiobook. I laughed out loud a large number of times. I can’t help it; I’m a sucker for a full cast recording.
I was enjoying the book fully, then Hughley’s casual misogyny got to me. When you choose to listen to this book, you’re expecting a left-wing perspective, but all the female characters, besides Michelle Obama, are portrayed to varying degrees as harpies. (To continue reading, click on title)
“As we make people laugh, we can still make them think critically.”
When Luvvie spoke these words in the epilogue, they did a good job of summing up the book. If you’ve read Shrill by Lindy West or Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Luvvie’s ideas will be familiar territory. (continued by clicking on title)
I must admit I never jumped in on The Office fandom. It came on and became popular in that weird time when I was in veterinary school and had no time for TV. That said, you don’t have to be an Office fan to enjoy this book.
Wilson wrote my favorite type of celebrity memoir: one that encompasses his whole life from childhood to fame and beyond. (continued by clicking on title)
I will admit to being one of those many people who was completely enthralled by Serial. I binge listened on a long trip from Dallas to Kentucky. At the end of the podcasts, I believed he was innocent. I still believe that today.
That said, this audiobook was a little too detailed for me. If you like police procedurals (fiction or nonfiction) or true crime books, this might be right up your alley. (to continue reading, click on title)
Well before it was nominated for an Audie, I bought this book with an Audible credit. By the time it was nominated, I had read it twice. Matthew Desmond’s story of the poorest citizens in Milwaukee was positively heartbreaking. And Dion Graham’s narration brought the characters into sharp relief. (continued by clicking on title)
Interestingly, I was reading this book when the Audie Award nominees were announced. I read it nearly back-to-back with Mukherjee’s debut, The Emperor of All Maladies narrated by Thomas Hoye, so there were a lot of ideas and comparisons swirling through my head. (continued by clicking on title)