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squeegie

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  • Restaurant Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Bastianich
    • Narrated By Joe Bastianich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    How does a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into a nationwide empire? In his intrepid, irreverent, and terrifically entertaining memoir, Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his remarkable culinary journey from his parents’ neighborhood eatery to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs, along with his superstar chef partners: his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

    Amazon Customer says: "A real look at restaurants"
    "Foul, fowl and factual"
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    Loved the story of immigrant parents' and first generation's struggles to assimilate in America, realizing that their differences and mores gave them an advantage although hard work and smarts were essential. Poignant tale told with a few too many four letter words but laced with colorful and often hilarious stories and commentary. I will exercise more care with my future wine choices after reading Restaurant Man!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Egg: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

    PhilR says: "A British Brunetti"
    "Where is David Colacci??"
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    Listening to this clipped British accent loses all the flavor and intonation of the book. I couldn’t even get through the second chapter. Why would you do this? I’d like a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Behavior: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

    Lawrence Hicks says: "Pronunciation"
    "Poor Listening"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was unintelligible. I couldn't finish the novel because I couldn't understand the the reader who barreled ahead without any of the important pauses or intonations that are so important in a reading


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was terrible and it was so exasperating to the listener


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1272)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Ultra rapid delivery diminishes impact of the book"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Rapid delivery with poor enunciation made what would have been an excellent read a real struggle. The writing and story are fascinating but the hastily read job by narrator detracts.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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