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Ruth

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  • Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Judd Apatow (Introduction), Patton Oswalt (Introduction), The Believer, and others
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, Bob Saget, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    The Believer magazine presents a compendium of advice from producers, writers, and actors of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Late Show with David Letterman, The Hangover, and The Colbert Report, along with other musicians, cartoonists, New Yorker writers, and those similarly unqualified to offer guidance.

    Ruth says: "Beyond Horrible. Don't waste your time."
    "Beyond Horrible. Don't waste your time."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't think of a single person who would enjoy this presentation.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    Not one of these authors - normally very funny people, some of whom I even know personally - delivered a performance that made me laugh. In fact every moment was cringe-worthy, and I could not even make it through all the authors.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Since there were so many narrators, I doubt that's the issue. Maybe the director is at fault, for creating such uniform suckage?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I can't even say,


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I have good audiobook experiences and write good reviews. This was just remarkably bad - so bad that I had to write this review. If I can spare one other person from what I went through listening to this book, I have done my good deed for the week.

    33 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "A great reader!"
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    Of course I've seen this movie a million times, but having it read was a delight. The reader is great and the book is well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Nathaniel says: "The Little Friend's Friend"
    "More great characters and story from Donna Tartt"
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    I downloaded this one following my read of THE GOLDFINCH, which I found to be beautiful and compelling.

    Tartt has a great gift for characters, and the people she created for this book really did seem to come to life.

    I very much enjoyed this book and am about to download her third one next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1984)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (823)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Maybe the best Moore yet!"
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    LOVED this one! I think this is my third or fourth book of Moore's, and the second with this narrator (Euan Morton) WHO IS WONDERFUL.

    Whether you know King Lear or not, this is enjoyable from start to finish (provided you're up for bawdiness, cursing, and general irreverence).

    If you're looking to be entertained, this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (692)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Informative and truly interesting"
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    Mary Roach has a real talent for taking subjects no one talks about and asking - and then answering - every single question anyone could ever ask. Her style is easy and conversational, and you can tell she's genuinely interested in all her subjects.

    All her books educate and entertain, and this one is no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "As good as you'd expect"
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    What can you say about this book that hasn't been said?

    Joe Mantegna brings this classic to life. It's flawless and wonderful!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3992)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1309)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "What a thrilling surprise ~"
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    I can't recall who recommended Moore's books to me, but I'm grateful.

    This is a very fun book - part mystery, part fantasy, and part supernatural/monster tale, all rolled into one.

    Very well written and very well performed. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (413)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Another great Moore book!"
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    This was my second Moore book (after A Dirty Job).

    He's a very fun writer, and his books are compelling and well crafted. I absolutely recommend this one and can't wait to hear more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pronto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful.

    Corey says: "It was good"
    "You should take this one out for a spin"
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    If you've seen the show Justified, you know who Raylan Givens is, but this book is great even if you haven't seen it.

    The story is compelling from page one, and the characters are so well crafted you feel like you've known them for years.

    The performance is also wonderful and worth mentioning - so much so that I'm a little disappointed the next book in the series is read by someone else. But here's hoping that one is as good as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Indemnity

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches. First published in 1936, this novel reaffirmed James M. Cain as a virtuoso of the roman noir.

    Marv says: "a solid listen"
    "The performance was a bit BLAH"
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    I'm a huge fan of this movie - it's one of my very favorites - so I was eager to give the source material a listen.

    Maybe I'm just spoiled by Fred MacMurray, but the performance on this was just very lackluster. So much so that I'm not sure I recommend you waste a credit on this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3989)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1723)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "I'm probably the last person to read this book"
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    When this book came out, just about everyone I know read it and recommended it to me. But you know how it is....

    Anyway, now that Audible has changed all that, I heartily recommend this book.

    It's a whole fresh story of a truly interesting character. Forget what you think you know about the "Wicked Witch;" she's actually quite a sympathetic and fascinating character.

    The book has a rich structure and is beautifully performed. I don't know any reason why anyone wouldn't enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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