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Rachel

Westwood, MA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 642 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "What a blast!"
    Overall

    This book works well on several levels: it is almost always gently (and sometimes) hilariously funny, it gives the reader a refreshing view of the interface of two cultures (WASP and Korean), and as its title portends, it is an interesting description of what it is like to run a deli. As a bonus, for some of us older readers, it gives us a glimpse into the bigger-than-life personage of George Plimpton. The reader is very good! Enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5648)
    Performance
    (4343)
    Story
    (4337)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "Another fun ride!"
    Overall

    One of Jim Butcher's best (of those I have read so far). A roller coaster of adventure with the ever patient, long suffering, Harry, defender of the underdog and destroyer of evil. Well read, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1086)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Greatly enjoyed."
    Overall

    Yes, this reminds one of Nancy Drew (although much more complex), and yes the reader chooses a child like lisp, BUT, the book was a lot of fun and the reader very appropriate for the main character. Good for older children AND older adults!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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