David Sedaris has a magical way of taking traumatic events in his life, and telling a beautiful, relatable, and funny story. His collections of stories may seem random at first, but inevitably they tie together beautifully and purposefully. I thoroughly enjoy his audio books, as he reads them and it adds an extra layer of depth to his storytelling.
This book is a powerful piece of literature that explores a life of a 16 year old black girl, Starr Carter, who becomes an activist after witnessing a police shooting of one of her best friends from childhood. The narrator of this book is outstanding. I couldn’t stop listening!
Read by the author himself, which always seems to make an already good book better. What I genuinely loved is that this book is not a documentation on his rise to success...the book is exactly what the title suggests: Stories From a South African Childhood. His stories range from being sad to outright ridiculous (tell me when you get to the part about Hitler), but he still manages to make you laugh out loud, a very Trevor Noah thing to do.
This book is about working parents, sharing duties and letting go. I found it very interesting, humorous and at times relatable. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes the author shares about her friends and mentors.
The author reads this book on CD which adds a nice touch.
Nobel Peace Prize winners, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices.
We are privileged to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. This is truly one of those books that can change your life.
My husband and I took this book on CD with us on our honeymoon road-tripping through Alaska and, let me tell you, it was so gripping we didn't want to leave our car. On our honeymoon. In Alaska. This book on CD was (almost) as good as Alaska!
Have you ever wondered how the National Parks came into fruition? This interesting and fact-filled account details part of America's most important history - the preservation of our natural environment! The audiobook version is a great road trip companion, including a variety of narrators to keep you coming back for more!
A thoroughly entertaining story with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. An epic tale like “Forrest Gump” or “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” but WAY better. Rollickingly absurd but tender at the same time. A story that shows the importance of a positive attitude! Excellently narrated by Steven Crossley!
Luciano, a street urchin living in Renaissance Italy, is taken in by the doge’s chef, Maestro Ferrero, and trained to be an apprentice. While serving under the chef, Luciano learns that the doge and other powerful men in Italy are searching for a book rumored to contain alchemy formulas and potions for love and immortality. He begins to wonder if there is more to the chef’s recipes than just culinary delight. The engaging tale is like a blend between Like Water for Chocolate and the DaVinci Code.
Sandy Shortt of Leitrim, Ireland becomes obsessed with missing things as a child, when a girl from her class disappears and is never found. She becomes fixated on missing socks, toys and other items as a child and continues the obsession as an adult by starting a missing persons’ agency. The story moves from being a mystery to a fantasy when Sandy disappears and ends up in the place where all of the missing things and people have gone. The reader, Sile Nic Fheorais, has a clear and easy to understand voice with an Irish accent that brings the setting to life.