Feel Free: Essays [Audiobook]

Feel Free: Essays [Audiobook]
Feel Free: Essays [Audiobook] by Zadie Smith, read by Nikki Amuka-Bird
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 52 mins | 382.15MB

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, best-selling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas [Audiobook]

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas [Audiobook]
Would Everybody Please Stop: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas [Audiobook] by Jenny Allen, read by the author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 22 mins | 147.84MB

In Would Everybody Please Stop?, a collection of first-person essays and humor pieces, Jenny Allen asks the tough questions: Why do people say "it is what it is"? What's the point of fat-free half-and-half? Why don't the women detectives on TV carry purses, and where are we supposed to think they keep all their stuff? And haven't we heard enough about memes?

Reporting from the potholes midway through life's journey, Allen addresses these and other more serious matters, like the rude awakenings of being single after 25 years, of mothering a teenager, and of living with a serious illness. She also discusses life's everyday trials, like the horrors of attempting a crafts project, the anxieties of being a houseguest, and the ever-changing rules of recycling. Allen is a performer at heart - her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better premiered in 2009, and she regularly acts in other plays - and she brings that same spirit to these 35 short essays, which sound like the work of a female Dave Barry. Writing on places both real (like a swag den for celebrities at Sundance and the parking lot at L.L. Bean's flagship store) and imaginary (a Buddhist retreat attended by Martha Stewart, Elmer Fudd's psychotherapy appointment), Allen's wit and compassion give a fresh slant on the vicissitudes of day-to-day and not so day-to-day life.

Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook]

Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook]
Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook] by Paul Vigna, read by Graham Halstead
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 49 mins | 243.03MB

In this first and only guide to AMC's exceptional hit series The Walking Dead, the Wall Street Journal's Walking Dead columnist celebrates the show and its storylines, characters, and development and examines its popularity and cultural resonance.

From its first episode, The Walking Dead took fans in the United States and across the world by storm, becoming the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. After each episode airs, Paul Vigna writes a widely read column in which he breaks down the stories and considers what works and what doesn't and tries to discern the small details that will become larger plot points.

So how did a basic cable television show based on a graphic comic series, set in an apocalyptic dog-eat-dog world filled with flesh-eating zombies and even scarier human beings, become a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon? Why is the show such a massive hit? In this playful yet comprehensive guide, Vigna dissects every aspect of The Walking Dead to assess its extraordinary success.

Vigna digs into the show's guts, exploring its roots, storyline, relevance for fans and the wider popular culture, and more. He explores how the changing nature of television and media have contributed to the show's success and goes deep into the zombie genre, delineating why it's different from vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. He considers why people have found in zombies a mirror for their own fears and explains how this connection is important to the show's popularity. He interviews the cast and crew, who share behind-the-scenes tales, and introduces a cross section of its diverse and rabid viewership, from fantasy nerds to NFL stars. Guts is a must-have for every Walking Dead fan.

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