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Dave from Page 158's favorite audiobooks.

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Kitchen Confidential

Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
By Anthony Bourdain
Narrated by Anthony Bourdain /  8 hours 18 minutes

When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded the appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

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The Order of Time

By Carlo Rovelli
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch /  4 hours 19 minutes

The Order of Time

“I was drawn to this book, the third in Rovelli's recent series of short introductions to the mind-blowing propositions of modern physics, by its inexhaustibly poignant and fascinating subject: time. He spends the first half of the book explaining why time doesn't exist, and the second half explaining why, at least for us lesser mortals, it does. (That he does so, in the audio version, in the deliciously elegant voice of Mr. Cumberbatch, is a wonderful bonus.) It is indeed mind-blowing, while also being movingly human, and while it is short (just four-plus hours in listening time), I expect I'll have to listen at least once more for some of these simply stated but earth-shiftingly difficult concepts to start fitting into my brain.”

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Cherry

A novel
By Nico Walker
Narrated by Jeremy Bobb /  8 hours 5 minutes

Cherry

“To say that "Cherry" is gritty and raw is an understatement to the nth degree. When I began listening to it on Libro.fm I wasn't sure I could get past the use of the "f" word every other sentence, but this novel keeps you hooked into sticking with the sometimes depressing, sometimes funny and sometimes horrifying story for all 8 hours of listening time. Nico Walker's semi-autobiographical novel follows the main character from high school to Iraq and back home where he becomes a heroin addict and a bank robber. While listening to this book I felt that I was witnessing a slow motion car wreck and couldn't turn my head away and stop watching. I'm glad I didn't because the overall lessons from this book were too important to turn away from. How in society are we going to decide to deal with veterans coming back from the front that now have issues with PTSD? How are we as a nation going to deal with everyday Americans that are addicted to opioids and then slide into heroin addiction after their opioide prescriptions are stopped ? How do we as Americans deal with a prison population that is on average looked at as not worth dealing with on any level except avoidance but are capable of writing a brilliant novel? These are questions that one is forced to ask while reading or listening to this book. There are thousands and thousands of armed forces personnel that come back from their war experiences and do not have PTSD, drug problems or violent interactions with others. But after reading this book I think I have a better understanding of the average service member that DOES come back from war with issues that they find hard to deal with. I also feel like I better understand how someone can slip into a heroin addiction and perhaps wants to get out of it but can't overcome the physical withdrawal symptoms long enough to get clean of the drug. The fact that this book makes me understand even just a bit those two situations makes listening to all 8 hours of this book very worthwhile to me.”

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Gumption

Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
By Nick Offerman
Narrated by Nick Offerman /  11 hours 41 minutes

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history, from her inception to present day—Nick’s personal pantheon of “great Americans.”

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and hi Read More »s...
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East of Eden

Penguin Audio Classics
By John Steinbeck
Narrated by Richard Poe /  25 hours 18 minutes

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Read More »

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Irreligion

A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
By John Allen Paulos
Narrated by Dick Hill /  4 hours 11 minutes

A lifelong unbeliever finds no reason to change his mind. Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in... Read More »

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Joe

By Larry Brown
Narrated by Tom Stechschulte /  8 hours 54 minutes

An ALA Notable Book, Joe has earned critical acclaim nationwide, and Larry Brown has been compared to great Southern writers such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. In the Mississippi countryside, a friendship between a middle-aged, alcoholic contractor and an abused teen-aged boy becomes a bizarre rite of passage for both of them. The... Read More »

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Blackwood

By Michael Farris Smith
Narrated by Mike McColl /  5 hours 17 minutes

In this timeless, mythical tale of unforgiving justice and elusive grace, rural Mississippi townsfolk shoulder the pain of generations as something dangerous lurks in the enigmatic kudzu of the woods.
The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's... Read More »

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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
By Kristen R. Ghodsee
Narrated by Esther Wane /  5 hours 22 minutes

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

“In Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, Ghodsee argues that unregulated capitalism is bad for women, as well as for everyone else. It goes on to argue that by nature capitalism forces a transactional relationship with sex and relationships between men and women. However, if we were to implement some of the gender equalizing policies of socialism such as government healthcare, childcare, schooling, and parental leave, men and women would be starting their romantic and sexual relationships from an equal footing, and as a result lead more happy and fulfilling lives both inside and outside of the bedroom. This book makes a compelling case for studying and implementing the positive aspects of the socialism of the past, so we can have a better future. By no means a manifesto, or apologetics for state socialism, but a call to take a deeper look at what the socialist countries of the past got right, and perhaps a suggestion not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, to look at what actually worked and benefited the citizens of those nations.”

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Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry into the Value of Work
By Matthew B. Crawford
Narrated by Max Bloomquist /  6 hours 38 minutes

A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands 

Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" by The Boston GlobeShop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On... Read More »

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The Master and Margarita

By Mikhail Bulgakov
Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt /  16 hours 50 minutes

The Devil comes to Moscow; but he isn’t all bad. Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don’t burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly... Read More »

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