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Doggy Bird

Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA Member Since 2001

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  • "One of the best surprises on AUDIBL..."

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    I usually only listen to the radio for traffic reports so I was not familiar with Sarah Vowell when I purchased this audiobook. I was impressed with the consistency of the reviews and figured I'd take a chance. I only wish Sarah Vowell had many more books to listen to as this was so enjoyable I sat in my driveway finishing one of the 'stories'.

    The moronic review of Vowell as a 'female Al Franken' reveals more ignorance on the part of the reviewer than insight into Vowell's politics. But if you think anyone who is not a fan of George Bush is Al Franken (a.k.a. the Antichrist) perhaps you won't like Vowell. She has her own very distinct voice --and her approach to politics comes via a Montana childhood, a gun-loving family, and very unusual taste in vacations for a person of her age. The comparison with Franken would be comical if it weren't so pathetic. Other than the fact that both authors are clearly more intelligent than average--and funnier--only their dislike of Bush unites them . I hardly think one needs to be 'warned' against listening to such a thoughtful and reasoned presentation of ideas--unless your mind is already atrophied and closed.

    Sarah Vowell does in fact have an unusual vocal quality--a sort of tiny, sharp voice that makes me think she must be short and delicate-boned; but in fact I loved listening to her voice reading her book. Her thinking is quick but she presents slowly and methodically and builds up to conclusions that somehow seem ineluctable once you've heard them--though she is nothing if not quirky.

    She talks a lot about visiting historical sites and landmarks...which are quite a passion of hers. It is this aspect of the book which gives her writing its distinctive voice and flavor.

    If you can expand your mind to encompass more kinds of Patriots than the 'my country right or wrong' type, don't miss Sarah Vowell's 'Partly Cloudy Patriot'!!

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    The Partly Cloudy Patriot

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    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
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    I enjoyed every minute of this well narrated and well written book. It is the basis for the part of the movie Julie/Julia that is based on Julia Child's life and it describes both her love of cooking and the delights of living in France...also the delights of EATING in France. A great recommendation for fans of France or of Julia Child."

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    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
  • "I LOVE SARAH VOWELL!!!"

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    Sarah Vowell has an amazingly weird imagination and a curiously sweet and high-pitched voice. Her low key delivery in no way prepares you to hear her tell such twisted, funny yet morbid stories.

    Part of the satisfaction of hearing this book recorded is the shock of that sweet Midwestern voice telling such gruesome tales with such obvious relish. The other part is hearing such astute political commentary from such a weird perspective.

    I keep thinking she's about to narrate a Betty Crocker cookbook, and then she provides historical insight and analyis combined with political commentary that gets right to the blazing white heart of contemporary America.

    I love having this book as an audible file so that I can go back and listen again and again--there is so much here that each 'reading' reveals more. Vowell's focus on assasination is both weird and fascinating, but her razor sharp intelligence could make me listen to just about anything she found interesting enough to write about.

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    Assassination Vacation

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    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
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    What did you love best about The Mushroom Hunters?

    This book is full of mini adventures as the author meets all sorts of unusual people in search of mushrooms. Every stitch of the book is interesting and colorful. A wonderful read!


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    The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America

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    Within the dark corners of America’s forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance of wild mushrooms. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries.

    valerie s. says: "Intriguing and full of fun!"

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    In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

    Jim Foreman says: "A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel"
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  • Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo

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    Audio Journalist Patricia Lawrence explores Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in Petaluma California, the early 19th century Mexican rancho and primitive factory of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. General Vallejo is a prominent figure in California's Mexican history. A California State Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

  • Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America

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    Audio Journeys from Travel Radio International, exploration into destinations around the world. Patricia Lawrence is exploring Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana. Located in what was once a major wheat producing region, the expansive living museum keeps history alive with 26 historic buildings, tools, farm equipment, barns, and thousands of other artifacts from 19th-century Anglo-Saxon life in rural America.

  • Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care

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    Audio journalist Patricia Lawrence tours the Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center near Pendleton, Oregon, with Lynn Tompkins, founding director of the educational nonprofit, where injured wildlife are given veterinarian treatment and lovingly cared for. The center is an important source of education and information about western wildlife.