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One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
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Each week, listeners call in with their car woes and brothers in grime Tom and Ray Magliozzi dish out their wit and know-how. Get the latest issue or subscribe, and hear an interview with Tom and Ray.
This week on Car Talk, Jere agreed to drive her sister's co-worker's husband to work. How did he thank her? By telling everyone (including Jere) she's a stinko driver. Elsewhere, Dorothy had to rig a wire to her Land Rover's fan to keep it from shredding the radiator, during her daily drive in Botswana. Will this brilliant solution cook her engine? Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if the "Godfather strategy" helped Joe convince his brother-in-law to remove an old Honda Civic from Joe's yard; and did a hammer and a "Hey guys, watch this!" really fix Hendie's brake noise? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee plays a round of Stump the Chumps. Find out if Tom and Ray helped get Bill's BMW running, or have they thrown one way over the backstop?Elsewhere, Jeff promised his girlfriend he'd get a driver's license this Summer. The calendar has turned, and Jeff is still sans license, so what he needs now is a good excuse. Also, Ashley loves her Beetle, but it may be killing her with CO poisoning; Chris wants to know how big a dope slap to give her husband for keeping the heat on during a six-hour drive in 96 degree temperatures; and can Tom and Ray do any better diagnosing a broken lawnmower than they did on electric brakes? Well, they couldn’t do worse, right? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
We stopped tallying the hate mail we've received at Car Talk years ago. But one letter still remains on top of our pile of vituperative missives: this week's offering from one Melissa Peterson, a.k.a., "That Little Twerp." Maybe it was her need to let us know that her dog hates our show as much as she does. But Tom and Ray will soldier on, despite Melissa's wrath, and try to convince Gloria that shutting off her car while going 80 miles per hour is not a great way to address its acceleration problems.
This week on Car Talk, Darlene's bumpy road-trip prompts Ray to remember his explosive lesson about the dangers of over-inflated tires. Elsewhere, Cynthia hopes Tom and Ray can settle her brothers' tug-of-war over a vintage Camaro, but it's more likely they’ll just add a Magliozzi family feud to the mix. Also, Bill's steering wheel is re-enacting "Ghostbusters" by oozing an odd substance; Marsha's wondering if adding oil to her coolant is the end of the world, or at least the end of her Previa; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen's fiance of his high-performance add-on addiction.
The Splendid Table is a one-hour culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, The Splendid Table tours new culinary territory, from the vineyards of Provence to the city-street diners of Philadelphia. While doing so, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper uncovers hidden delights, and offers her modern take on getting food to the "splendid table" with cooking tips, recipes, and her own personal advice.
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David Sedaris joins us this week with his stories about family dinner. His latest book is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. We look at an alternative and ancient way to bake -- on the grill -- with Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire, and learn the art of pairing beer with cheese from Steve Jones, owner of Cheese Bar in Portland, Oregon.
This week on Car Talk, Richard the Goat Rescuer's new pals like to climb on things—including cars, and especially Richard's girlfriend's Alfa Romeo. Does Richard need to turn to shock therapy to ground the goats and save his relationship? Elsewhere, Jeff's Isuzu needs a new engine, but Jeff is worried that a transplant will irrevocably change his car's soul. Can Tom and Ray provide some divine guidance on this existential-automotive conundrum? Also, Helena and her husband found a dream used car with one idiosyncrasy—it only goes in Reverse. Good thing it came with a spare transmission in the trunk. And, guess what turned up in a government auction—Sonja Henie's tutu! Find out how, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray say they've never met a noise they didn't like but that's before they encountered the odd thumping sound Janet's truck is making. And then there's the sound of their dear mom, Elizabeth, calling to celebrate Mother's Day by complaining about her sons' poor gift selections.
This week on Car Talk, will James and his fiancee incur the wrath of Miss Manners and their families by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us?
This week on Car Talk, Emily dared to correctly diagnose her male friend's car problem (the horror!) but did her automotive intelligence ruin a potential relationship? Elsewhere, Ted's solution to his van's leaky exhaust may win a prize for modern sculpture, but will it also kill his engine? Also, Linda needs to use a hair dryer to start her car in wet weather; and from the "be careful what you wish for" department, Jeff wants to get his reluctant 18-year-old son to start driving or risk never getting a date.
This week, Car Talk kicks off with a few new words that may be coming to a dictionary near you. Then, they put one of those words right to work, with a series of brilliant stupiphanies: Jim in Florida learns why his next boat trip may leave him stranded in international waters; Liz in Missouri discovers that Porsche ownership comes with a monthly dose of sticker shock; and Jean finds out why her car may have violated just about every one of Newton's laws.
This week on Car Talk, Daniel Pinkwater opened his BMW owner's manual, and discovered it included exercise and diet tips. Is BMW being extra thoughtful or do they just want to make sure Daniel stays alive long enough to finish paying off the car? Elsewhere, Mary Lynn's husband has been telling her to ignore her car's scary thumping noise, so she's hoping to get it fixed while he's away in China. Also, Reine's husband may have gotten his wallet flushed along with an unnecessary radiator flush....
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray help test a device that should strike fear in the hearts of all mechanics: a voice biometrics-based lie detector. Elsewhere, Corinne can't seem to get an oil change without a broken dipstick as a bonus; Christine's keys are stuck in her ignition--which may not be too worrisome, since her car won't start; and can struggling musician Dan fix his van's exhaust with guitar strings and an orange juice can? Also, a story that offers even more proof why you should never drive like Tommy! All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, the Great Sleek Black Beauty bet is settled, as we find out if Patti’s mom made it from Houston to Boston in her Datsun. Does Ray need to start searching for a ’65 Ambassador, or is Tommy forever banned from uttering the words, “sleek black beauty”? Elsewhere, Jill’s Civic sounds like Frankenstein, and Aron’s Nissan is imitating Larry from the Three Stooges. Also, how can Craig make his minivan more sexy, other than trading it for a Porsche? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, Dave's daily commute depends on the kindness of strangers, who often deserve dope-slaps. How close to "life in jeopardy" does he need to be before winding up to deliver?
This week on Car Talk, Howard needs to drive a mattress from Boston to “Hunga-Dunga”, and wants to know how to keep it from flying off the roof of his car. Tom and Ray know one method that won’t work, as evidenced by an ill-fated attempt to transport 18 sheets of plywood. Elsewhere, Tina just learned a scary and stinky lesson why you shouldn’t drive down a mountain in Neutral; Jerry is looking for an alternative to the “stick and ballet pose” method he’s using to get his convertible top to work; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Elisa accepted her parents’ bribe, um we mean, “generous offer” to buy her a new car if she married her live-in boyfriend. And, by popular demand, another reading of the Melissa letter.
This week on Car Talk, Sasha learned a new recipe for dealing with a radiator leak--add black pepper and eggs. Did this combo save his engine, or at least provide brunch while he waited for a tow truck? Elsewhere, does Chip need to resort to "tailpipe diplomacy," in the form of a cherry bomb, to get his neighbors to stop warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning? Also, Bill and his wife are looking for a $700 car that makes them look eccentric rather than cheap; Jennifer's good deal on a used Volvo may not have been so good; and can Tom in California adjust to his new life as a car salesman without succumbing to the white belt and shoes? All this, plus one tourist's eye-opening visit to Car Talk Plaza, and lots more.
This week on Car Talk, Molly's boyfriend gets irate when other drivers fail to use their turn signals. But when Molly caught him committing his own blinker transgression, said boyfriend had a ready explanation, that may send the bogosity meter way into the red.
This week on Car Talk, is Scott obligated to marry his girlfriend, after she passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning in his Land Cruiser? Elsewhere, Ginny and her husband disagree over the optimal speed to drive on a road populated with frogs without croaking them (sorry). Also, a year of a flashing brake lights and noisy brakes has convinced Jim his van may have a brake problem; Camille may have to purge her key ring to save her Golf; and will this week's Puzzler Answer give Tom and Ray yet another F in Physics? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
It’s a look at the newest in culinary exotica, salt block cooking, with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking, and we go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer.
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray delve into the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship. Since they fit into neither category, fortunately their own mom and sister both weigh in. All of this is prompted by Nancy's ill-advised decision to tell her adult daughter she waited too long to rotate her tires.
This week we talk to chef Dan Barber about ethical eating. His book is The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. We meet Von Diaz, a woman cooking her way through Cocina Criolla, the Puerto Rican Joy of Cooking, and The Kitchen’s Faith Durand brings us the best in vegetable slow cooker recipes.
The Splendid Table is a series hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, providing listeners with information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture.
This week we're cooling off with homemade ice cream from ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, talks about irresistable Vietnamese salads. We look at the ways in which food is used as a political tool with Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, in the story "Eat, Drink, Protest," which appeared in Foreign Policy's food issue (Glasser is now editor of Politico). The Wall Street Journal's Katy McLaughlin explains her story on edible fashion. Jane and Michael Stern visit Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana.
This week on Car Talk, a Massachusetts man begins speaking with a French accent after an accident. Thus we are introduced to Foreign Accent Syndrome, a neurological oddity which Tommy will be happy to explain, if he can ever stop laughing. Elsewhere, what goes in, must come out—unless "it" is a piece of the Berlin Wall, stuffed into the trunk of a BMW. A few thousand miles away, John is having the opposite problem—his Bronco's dipstick refuses to stay in. Also, should Julie fess up about her fender bender in the family van? And, Crystie dropped a nail into her gas tank, and is worried about an explosion. Her mechanic and the Chevy dealer refuse to take her seriously—and she thinks Tom and Ray will? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
We learn the art of pickling fish with Paul Lowe, author of Sweet Paul Eat and Make, and we look at the tradition of eating frog legs in Detroit with author Bill Loomis. Ari Daniel Shapiro observes chemistry in the kitchen of Kimball House, and Remodelista's Christine Hanway gives us some easy kitchen updates.
William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins us, we look at the Indian tradition of chutneys with chef Vikas Khanna and check in with film director Wayne Wang about his latest project, a documentary on the life of legendary Chinese restaurateur Cecilia Chiang.
Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, explains why eating five fruits and vegetables a day may not be enough, fruit expert David Karp of the Los Angeles Times tells us about a surprising new variety of table grape and we dive into summer entertaining with humorist Charles Phoenix.
This week on Car Talk, do two people who don’t know what they’re talking about know more or less than one person who doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Andy thinks Tom and Ray’s recent "pas-de-deux of breath-taking speculation" on electric brakes may have answered this question definitively. Elsewhere, Evan’s son stuffed a golf ball into her car’s exhaust, and she worried it may land a hole-in-one right in the middle of her engine; Christine can’t evict a colony of ants living in her car’s headliner; and Todd’s noisy truck gives Tom a chance to re-live his Army days with the long-suffering Sgt. McNeeley.
This week we check in with the hilarious columnist Jolie Kerr about keeping kitchens clean. She is the author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to Ethiopia for a look at the super grain teff, and we get a sense of modern Greek food with Maria Elia, author of Smashing Plates.