Audiobook Review: My Father’s Son by John Davis

My Father's Son AudiobookTitle: My Father’s Son by John Davis
Narrated by Stephen J. Cohen
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
Length: 3 hours and 6 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: October 13, 2016
Rating – 5 stars

John Davis grew up in the 1970s and ’80s on the rough streets of Brooklyn, a place where no one thought twice when parents smacked around their kids – or each other. At the center of the tumultuous neighborhood, and John’s world, was his larger-than-life father, Roberto. The Argentinean butcher and kingpin drug dealer was a sadistic bully whose mercurial temper left a trail of tears and chaos across his family. John, in particular, seemed to bear the brunt of Roberto’s wildly swinging moods. Any wrong word could cause an explosion. Every knock on the door might be one of Roberto’s enemies, or the police.

In his publishing debut, Davis recounts how he spent his childhood in constant terror and his teen years learning to fight back. But it was much later, as an adult, that he learned the most shocking thing of all about his father, his past, and himself. Told with raw honesty and deep emotion, My Father’s Son is a memoir of fear, abuse, survival, and identity.

When I saw that My Father’s Son by John Davis had been released as an audiobook, I immediately couldn’t wait to listen to it. I received a copy from the author in exchange for my  honest review since I had previously reviewed the ebook.

My Father’s Son is a memoir, so it is the story of the author’s childhood growing up in Brooklyn, the son of an abusive father. It chronicles his father’s actions, their effects, family secrets and ultimately strength of spirit and the ability to overcome.

I thought that the experience of listening to this was a positive one, I really enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook and felt like it was being told to me in a conversation with a friend. I loved this narrator too. I tend to err on the picky side when listening to audiobooks because I find with some narrators it’s hard for me to get into a book, but I thought that this narrator was fantastic. The story of John’s childhood is gut wrenching sometimes and I think that this narrator was perfect for the topics presented in this memoir because his voice was very soothing and he read at a perfect pace for this book.

This memoir is gripping, at times gritty and just very real. Both when I read and listened to this on audiobook, I just wanted to hug little John and save him, hold his hand and tell him it’d be okay and that he wasn’t alone. This book, and others like it, I think are important ones. This was so different from my childhood, and I think when we don’t see stories like these we naively see the world through blinders and stories like this help me to remember that everyone has a different story and is going through different things and to always be compassionate towards everyone.

While this book does deal with the heavy topics of child abuse and drugs…it does also feature very heart warming things as well like family and self discovery. This was wonderful as an audiobook and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. My listening experience of My Father’s Son was a wholly different experience than reading it, although I think either way you experience this book is worthy of five stars. I thank the author for sharing the story of his childhood with the world, something that must have been difficult to begin with but reading it has definitely helped me to reflect and taught me a few things as well. If you would like to read my review of the ebook for My Father’s Son you can read it here: My Father’s Son by John Davis

Audiobook Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

9418327Title: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Length: 5 hours and 35 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: Aprill 5, 2011
Rating – 3.5 stars

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

I listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey via Audible as well. I had been wanting to read this book for a really long time, especially after I listened to Amy Poehler’s audiobook of her memoir. There is just something that I love about listening to memoirs when the author’s narrate them, it just makes them hit home that much more. I guess it’s more personal that way and the author’s unique voices really shine through.

I love Tina Fey. I love her wittiness, her sauciness and just how kick ass she is as a comedian in a historically male dominated business. It’s wonderful to see women like her now dominating comedy so I really wanted to get to know her better in listening to this.

I enjoyed a lot about this book but I especially loved hearing about her stories from SNL and 30 Rock, shows that I love. It was also interesting to just hear about her experiences as a female comedian, how she got to where she is today and tidbits of her history and family life. I loved the subtle feminism in this book and even the funny self deprecating remarks she makes which she manages to pull off. Sometimes I enjoy that, sometimes I don’t. You can tell she’s just poking fun at herself, which is something I do often. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves somewhat right? She did make me chuckle a few times. Even though I was hoping for just a little bit more, I enjoyed listening to this. Four stars. I am hoping for a follow up memoir to this one.

Audiobook Review: The Shamrock Case: Amelia Moore Detective Series Volume 2 by Linda Weaver Clarke

22298496Title: The Shamrock Case: Amelia Moore Detective Series Volume 2 by Linda Weaver Clarke;  Narrated by Diane Lehman
Genre: Fiction – Mystery
Length: 4 hours and 27 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: November 13, 2015
Publisher:  Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Rating – 4/5

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her new partner, her business is flourishing. When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years?

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I received an audiobook copy of this book on audible from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to listen to this because I had listened to the previous book in this series and really enjoyed it. You can view my review for that first book here: The Bali Mystery Review.

In The Shamrock Case we follow Amelia and Rick to Ireland where Amelia has been hired to track down the family of a young girl who had been adopted when she was a child. Of course when they get there they learn that there is more to the case than just making contact with her relatives. A whole lot of drama ensues with just a tinge of danger and romance.

I ended up giving The Shamrock Case four stars. I loved picking up right where we left off with Amelia and Rick, both in their new case and also in their relationship. I always like seeing how they go about investigating their cases and love that the cases always take them to really great locations especially this one: Ireland. I love the setting for this cozy mystery. I thought it was really fitting and it’s somewhere that I have always dreamed of going and listening to this made me feel like I had spent some time there. I liked hearing about the castle and the pub, I thought the author did a great job of bringing the setting to life.

I was happy that we not only got a new storyline to explore but also we got to see their bucket lists come into play again, which was also a really big part of the first story and is a pretty big vehicle for the romance plot line in these stories. I love the way it is featured in this one.

Although I definitely enjoyed this one, so far my favorite is the first one. I am excited to hear that there is also another upcoming book in this series with another mystery for Amelia and Rick to solve together. I feel like the first had a bigger element of danger to it and I missed that a little in this one although there definitely was a bit of danger to this one as well. One thing I loved returning to was the flirtatious back and forth between Rick and Amelia. It always makes for a good time. Just like in the first one I thought the narrator did a really good job with this story. I loved the different voices she used for each character and for her narration. It made following the story really easy and fun. The audiobook was a little over four hours of listening time so it actually went by pretty fast!

If you love cozy mysteries, especially ones with a female detective lead, definitely give this series a read or a listen! You can purchase a copy on audible!

 

Audiobook Reviews!

Today I am bringing you not one but many audiobook reviews in one post! That rarely happens but I’ve been on a big audiobook kick lately. I love that I can listen to them while I’m doing things like cleaning the house, going for a walk, before bed et cetera et cetera. Remember that post I wrote many moons ago about how I hated audiobooks and I could never get into them…yeah that sentiment has been thrown so far out the window that it’s like it almost never existed in the first place. I now, love audiobooks. One could say that I may even be a little bit addicted. I signed up for an Audible account AND there have been super amazing sales going on soooo yeah…this is the result of that.

10909804Title: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Genre: Nonfiction – History
Length: 7 hours and 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: September 26, 2011
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Rating – 4/5

A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, What does your favorite font say about you? Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy. But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the “T” in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type‘s cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott’s Original Miscellany.

The first audiobook I am reviewing is Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield. It tells the history of every font that you can think of, some familiar and some not so familiar. I basically now know more about fonts than I ever thought I would want to but the topic was actually very interesting to me. The book talks about the story behind specific fonts like Helvetica, what inspired it and who created it. I really loved that it was very detailed about the creators although, some things I will never forget and they will probably make me never ever use the particular font ever again. It was super interesting to me because it never really occurred to me that there might be stories and lives behind the fonts that we use every day.

After listening to the audiobook I definitely feel very differently about typeface in general and like I won’t take them for granted ever again. I am giving this book a four star rating, I thought it was entertaining and interesting, filled with lots of detail. I thought the narrator was pleasant and performed well for the type of material in this book. I was pretty impressed with it and do pretty highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject or who has ever been fascinated by fonts, those interested in graphic design will also find something to like in this read.

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14532912Title: Zombie Town by R.L. Stine, Narrated by George Kareman & Tara Carrozza
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade Horror
Length: 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Rating – 5/5

When my friend Karen took me to a movie called Zombie Town, I expected to be scared. But I never expected this — flesh-eating zombies coming off the screen and chasing us through the theater! And it’s not our popcorn they want to gobble! It’s our brains!

We’ve got to get out of this theater and hurry home. The zombies won’t follow us — WILL THEY?

The second audiobook I listened to was a really fast read, although super enjoyable. I listened to Zombie Town by R.L. Stine. I literally have not read an R.L. Stine book since my early teens but I recently decided that I need to so when I saw an audiobook of his, I had to purchase it.

It was a super short listen but it made up for it with entertainment value. This book is obviously a horror story about two friends who go to see the new and highly popular zombie flick at their local theatre, Zombie Town. But while they are there, things start to go not quite as expected and they find themselves regretting ever wanted to see the movie in the first place.

I had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook, not only was the story really fun and creepy but the narrators were fantastic. R.L. Stone is definitely one of the kings of horror so I didn’t find it as much of a surprise that the story was a little scary. There were a few twists and the narrators make you get really into the story, seriously I wish these two could narrate all the audiobooks I listen to. Definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a fast light horror read or for a child or teen. This audiobook gets 5 stars from me, it was such a fun time.

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10534Title:  The Art of War by Sun Tzu, narrated by Aidan Gillen
Genre: Nonfiction – Military History
Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 4/5

Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

(Original publish date was circa 500 BCE.)

I have had this book on my to read list since 2012 at least. I’m pretty certain that I have also included this book every time I am asked what my top most intimidating books are.

While I don’t know alot about strategies of war or military history in general, I really liked this book. As an avid reader and gamer of epic fantasy books and games that often revolve around wars, I feel like this book gave me a new appreciation for war scenes in those mediums. I feel like any writer who writes any type of war scene should read this book as research in their writing. I plan to buy a physical copy so that I can use it in writing fantasy.

For some reason I always thought this book would be boring to read but I thought it was pretty interesting and easy to understand.

I really loved the narrator of this book, I wish he could narrate every audiobook I listen to. Overall, I enjoyed this and ended up giving it four stars and I can definitely see myself referring back to this book many times in the future.

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17894477Title: If This Isn’t Nice What Is? Advice For The Young by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by Kevin T. Collins & Scott Brick
Genre: Nonfiction
Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 3/5

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.

As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their “long-delayed puberty ceremony” — marking the passage from student to full-time adult.

This audiobook makes the perfect gift for high school or college graduates — or for parents and grandparents who remember Vonnegut fondly and want to connect with him in a new context.

Surprisingly  I have never actually read a Kurt Vonnegut book, so this is actually my first. I hope to rectify that in the future as I have heard so many great things about his writing before, which is why I was really excited to listen to this audiobook that is full of his advice for high school graduates.

This book is basically a bind up of the speeches he gave at various graduation ceremonies on the transition from the young adult world to the adult world of responsibility.

I ended up giving this book three stars. I ended up liking it but I didn’t love it.  It was surprisingly funny in some spots but I did actually become bored a few times. I am actually really sad that this was my first Vonnegut book so I have plans to read more of his work in 2016. While I definitely did think that this book was full of insights and really good advice for young adults, I guess it just didn’t resonate with me much because I have passed that stage in life. Maybe it would have resonated with me as I was readying to embark on my journey to adulthood so I think it might be a good read for young adults within that period of their lives.

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15843241Title: The Princess Affair by Nell Stark, narrated by Victoria Aston
Genre: Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 4/5

Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan has never had anything handed to her on a silver platter. As she arrives at Oxford to begin her course of study, she is determined to make the most out of this latest opportunity. But when she meets Her Royal Highness Princess Sasha, second in line to the British throne, Kerry’s priorities are eclipsed by an attraction neither of them can ignore. “Sassy Sasha” is a tabloid favorite who appears to delight in scandalizing her people, but beneath her vexed public image, Sasha longs to be truly seen.

Will the tenuous connection she forms with Kerry be broken by the weight of the crown? Or will they find true love despite the forces endeavoring to keep them apart?

When I read the description for this book, it sounded like something I would enjoy. The story line reminded me of the type of rom coms I usually like so I was excited to listen to it.

The story was really good. It’s told in third person so we get insights into the perspectives of both of our main characters, which for this story I really really liked. It was a contemporary romance read about how a princess and a college student meet and fall in love. There is alot more to it than that though as royal politics, media and passion play parts in the story as well.

I really liked the story itself, I thought it was entertaining, fun and overall, romantic. I could definitely see this being turned into a movie – and one that I would love to see. I haven’t read many LGBTQ books and I would really like to start reading more (if you have any recs, leave them in the comments). This particular book deals with a princess whose family has yet to come to terms with the fact that she is Lesbian and she is still very much in the closet though it’s sort of like an unspoken truth. It’s like her family knows they are just in denial and when everything comes to head there’s a media frenzy and a family fall out that ultimately ends on a really sweet and really good note with the princess taking control of her life and owning who she really is. I really liked it, enjoyed it and I do recommend listening to or reading it! I wasn’t too big a fan of the narrator but I think she did a pretty good job although, I don’t know if this is the case for everyone who listens to this book but it seemed to backtrack quite a bit, repeating sentences every now and then. That bothered me a little bit but didn’t detract from the story.

I hope you enjoyed my reviews of these audiobooks. Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Audiobook Review: The Bali Mystery (Amelia Moore Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke

21867317Title:  The Bali Mystery (Amelia Moore Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke
Genre:  Mystery Romance
Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Length: 4 hours 26 min
Format: Audiobook
Narration: Diane Lehman
Publication Date: June 01, 2015
Rating – 4/5

A COZY MYSTERY: Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

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Good morning everyone! Today I’m happy to share with you my review of The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clark! I’d like to send a big thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! This is actually a unique review as it is he first audiobook review copy I have received to date! As you know since I have featured a few audiobook reviews on my blog as of late I am increasingly becoming a fan of audiobooks so I was excited to listen to this one!

In The Bali Mystery we follow a detective named Amelia and her sexy assistant Rick on a case to find a missing person that has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. They follow a lead to Bali and find themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation. It’s dangerous for two reasons, the fact that they are putting their lives (and others) in danger but also the fact that they are both increasingly attracted to each other!

I had a lot of fun listening to this story on audiobook. I am sure I would have liked it equally had I read a physical copy. I loved the narrator of the audiobook I thought her voice was pleasant and loved how she acted out the various character voices.

The story itself was pretty interesting. I liked the two main characters, Amelia and Rick, a lot. I really liked the descriptions of Rick. It was pretty obvious that he was your typical sexy lead in a romance type novel albeit a little cheesy but I think that made him more enjoyable actually. I am a big Amelia fan. I love that she’s strong, stubborn snd independent. I love that she’s take charge and opinionated and she was a really good, convincing detective. I love that she is a female detective in a predominantly male profession and that she commands respect and get it. Her sassiness was also a lot of fun and I loved all the tension and sassy back and forth with Rick. The descriptions of Rick and her feelings toward him were sometimes pretty cheesy as they sometimes are in romance novels but they were really fun. It was really inevitable that get together at some point but it was really entertaining to see them banter back and forth.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 star rating because it was so enjoyable. The romance was fun and the plot itself was pretty fast paced and entertaining. I would enjoy reading more from this author or even more of Amelia and Rick. My experience with his audiobook was definitely a pleasant one and it went by a lot quicker than what I expected. Fans of both the romance genre and detective stories may enjoy this book. I found it to be fun, humorous and romantic.

You can purchase your copy of this audiobook at Audible or if you would prefer a digital or physical copy visit Amazon and let me know your thoughts on this book!

Happy reading y’all!

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About the Author

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the “Reviewers Choice Award.” She has several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, and a children’s book. She has also written two non-fiction e-books: Reflections of the Heart and Writing Your Family Legacy. All her books are family friendly.

Audiobook Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

20827363Title: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Genre:  Nonfiction – Memoir
Publisher: Harper Collins
Length: 7 hours, 33 min
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Rating – 5/5

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you’re invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents—Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

Also included? A one night only live performance at Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.

While listening to Yes Please, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don’t miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs”—Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.

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I did it again, I listened to another audiobook! I think I’m addicted! This time I chose to listen to Yes Please written by Amy Poehler. I have had this book on my TBR list for a long time and I decided to go ahead and listen to the audiobook!

This book was exactly what I was looking for when reading a memoir from Amy Poehler. It was funny and witty while also being warm and vulnerable. Not only was it comedic but it was also full of wonderfully funny and heartwarming stories, as well as some really amazing advice on a range of topics. I laughed  while listening to it…alot. I also teared up and was just really interested in everything she had to say in this book. I loved hearing about her experiences as a woman in comedy and I, especially loved her origin story…her journey to the Amy Poehler we are all familiar with today. I learned so much about her and just fell in love with her intelligence and humor that much more! She is definitely one of my most favorite comedians.

I have to say that a huge reason I think this listening experience was amazing for me was because the audiobook was read by Amy Poehler herself so she lent her specific flair, personality and her heart to reading it to her audience. I didn’t ever feel like she was just reading off the pages of a book but rather having a conversation with me. It was awesome. I also really enjoyed that she brought in others in her life to narrate chapters or sections with like her parents and some coworkers. The specific dialogue as a result of these narrations was awesome and really amped up the experience for me! I was definitely glued to my seat listening to this, it went by pretty fast too! If you have ever wondered about Amy Poehler and her background and rise to fame, this book is definitely for you! I gave it a 5 star rating and highly recommend!

Audiobook Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

25147880Title: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher: Penguin
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: June 2015
Rating – 3/5

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world...

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I think I am finally catching onto the audiobook movement! I am starting to find it soothing to listen to audiobooks where I used to not be able to get into them. Radical! I’m really excited about it. I think my favorite genre to listen to via audiobook is nonfiction memoirs or biographies. Maybe in the next few weeks I will try out a fiction title to see how I like that.

When I first heard that Aziz Ansari was releasing a comedic book, I instantly wanted to read it. This want of mine increased tenfold when I read that it was concerning the topic of modern romance (as suggested by the title). It’s a fairly short audiobook at about a little over six hours so I knew I could listen to it in one day. It started off pretty well and I loved listening to Aziz narrate. He told little jokes that I’m sure didn’t make their way into the books and were solely for audiobook patrons but he did mention that audiobook listeners were missing out on some good charts that are included in the book. I was sad about that, but that’s okay. The audio was clear, he read at a nice pace…I love the music at the beginning and the end. Having him narrate was definitely the best part of the book for me. That said, I gave this book three stars. It wasn’t really what I was expecting and fell short of my expectations. I love Aziz Ansari and think he is so humorous. I found this book to be just a tad bit humorous and I was expecting it to be so much more. I was expecting/wanting a comedic take on romance, which don’t get me wrong, there were some humorous elements to this book but just not to the degree that I would have liked. It was definitely more of a study on Modern Romance…it really reminded me of listening to a rather interesting thesis comparing the romance of yesterday to the romance of modern times including topics like online dating, marriage, divorce, infidelity, how to meet people, dos and don’ts have online dating, etc. I definitely feel like this book is for single guys and gals, though it is interesting to read/listen to even if you are attached or married (but that’s just my opinion).

While I didn’t love it, I did like it so I ended up giving it a 3 out of 5 star rating. I thought it was interesting and it had alot of factual information that was obtained through studies, research and surveys. It is definitely a well researched, well formed book. If you are interesting in reading about these topics, check it out and let me know what you think…if you felt the same way as I did or if you absolutely loved it and why. Happy reading everyone!