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  • The Circuit

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Francisco Jimenez
    • Narrated By Adrian Vargas
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the "American Dream."

    L. says: "An excellent listen, in English OR en español!"
    "An excellent listen, in English OR en español!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circuit?

    The fire that destroyed the familiy's first real house (as opposed to the makeshift shacks and tents usually provided by the farmer-employers).


    Have you listened to any of Adrian Vargas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I also listened to the version in Spanish, and it was equally wonderful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think a film SHOULD be made of this fine collection of well-structured vignettes: the tag line could be, 'an updated, and livelier, Grapes of Wrath'.


    Any additional comments?

    This colorful and poignant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August Free Bonus: Faulkner in 5 Minutes!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Audible Staff
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (168)

    William Faulkner: a titan of American literature. You probably already know all about his life and work, right? No? Don’t sweat it! In five minutes, we’ll bring you up to speed on this national treasure. First we’ll fill you in on a few key facts about his career, and then we’ll hit five important aspects of his writing that are guaranteed to impress friends, family, and potential dates.

    David says: "Adds little to the novel"
    "An engaging, quick-quick intro to Faulkner"
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    I really appreciated being able to listen to this fast and lively overview of Faulkner's work; the fact that it was free to members was a true bonus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Trevor Corson
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
    "Innovative look at history of sushi in U.S."
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    If you could sum up The Story of Sushi in three words, what would they be?

    Sushi Boot Camp!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to decide who my favorite character was, but I think Zoran -- the rather gonzo Australian sushi-chef trainer. Corson presented the real-life struggles of a whole range of characters with much empathy and charm, and the narrator masterfully gave each of them a distinctive voice.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Nishii’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to other Brian Nishi work, but will look for him again -- he is WONDERFUL at hitting the right tone, capturing a truly crazy range of accents, etc.!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was glad to stretch out the listening because I wanted to re-connect with the adventure of the fledgling sushi chefs day by day, to savor the story and learn as much as I could...


    Any additional comments?

    I teach advanced English to Japanese executives, including restaurant executives, and this gave me so much 'food for thought'. But even without that, I recommend this audio version very highly, to anyone with any interest in sushi, in the global food industry, or in the fascinating culture of culinary training.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By R. T. Herman, Robert L. Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A provocative look at the remarkable contributions of high-skill immigrant entrepreneurs in America. Both a revelation and a call-to-action, Immigrant, Inc. explores the uncommon skill and drive of America's new immigrants and their knack for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    L. says: "Over-dry presentation of immigrant entrepreneurs"
    "Over-dry presentation of immigrant entrepreneurs"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would definitely provide more rousing portraits of immigrants, their families, places of birth, adaptation to destination communities, etc.


    What could R. T. Herman and Robert L. Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Since much of the value of the work is in statistics, an accompanying pdf would be useful.


    How could the performance have been better?

    While it did match the dense, dry the tone of the writing, I still would have liked it to be livelier!


    Did Immigrant, Inc. inspire you to do anything?

    Explore other works offering more human interest, and a more consolidated view of immigrant entrepreneurs' overall impact.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (412)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Poignant, gripping and SO worth a listen..."
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    What did you love best about Still Alice?

    The absolutely authentic quality of Alice's 'voice' throughout.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Alice?

    When Alice, with full-blown Alzheimer's speaks on the disease at an international conference -- and receives a standing ovation.


    What about Lisa Genova’s performance did you like?

    Whew! It was just perfect in tone, pitch, emphasis -- it felt like a real gift, being able to listen to the woman who knew more about the text than anyone; who so obviously wrote it, and was now speaking it, out of love.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because being able to stop for a bit and return to it strengthened the feeling of spending days with Alice, who was a truly compelling character.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very grateful to the friends who recommended I read this, and to Lisa Genova for writing it. I understand more about Alzheimers, on so many different humane and even hopeful dimensions, than I ever expected to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Judson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Jake Bechet hears that two men have been murdered a few miles from where he lives in the Hamptons - their hands were cut off and then they were hung from the Shinnecock Bridge and left to strangle - he knows that trouble is coming. It means that someone has betrayed the Castello crime family.

    Richard Delman says: "Starts well, but then gets muddled and vague."
    "Skilled storytelling, great narrator..."
    Overall

    Lots of movement and suspense, well-drawn characters (including one really impressive 'weasel' character who reminded me a bit of Angel on the old Rockford Files), a good sense of place (the Hamptons, though -- just a detail -- a few locales do get mispronounced, like Jobs-jahbs instead of Jobs-jobes Lane in Southampton.) Considerable international intrigue also blends into what starts as a local mystery. A thoroughly enjoyable 'read', and I can definitely see why Christopher Lane has so many narration credits -- he's truly wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Champlain's Dream

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In this sweeping, enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain - soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France. We remember Champlain mainly as a great explorer. On foot and by ship and canoe, he traveled through what are now six Canadian provinces and five American states. Over more than 30 years he founded, colonized, and administered French settlements in North America.

    Jonah says: "Excellent Narration - Illuminating History"
    "An exceptional audio production!"
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    I not only laughed and cried while listening to Champlain's Dream; I gasped and hooted, flinched, was struck speechless...ran through the whole gamut of emotive reactions, because the story is told in such masterfully immediate fashion, and the narration is SO, so good. But -- cried? over a HISTORY book? Well, yes: at the end, as the author summarized all the very sane and salient points he'd made through the course of the book, as to how Champlain might be a model for 'leadership qualities', I was actually moved to tears. A truly enjoyable and thoroughly edifying audio experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • San Francisco: North Beach Audio Tour: In Search of Urban Artifacts

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By City Listen Audio
    • Narrated By Greg Pabst
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Back in the 1800s, North Beach was, indeed, actually a beach. Today, it is a neighborhood with a most colorful past encompassing San Francisco's Little Italy, the Barbary Coast and the heart of Beat Generation. And the best way to really appreciate this fascinating part of the city is on foot. This tour is focused on the people and places that have made North Beach what it is today: an exciting and diverse neighborhood with stories to tell around every corner.

    L. says: "Touring North Beach in good company..."
    "Touring North Beach in good company..."
    Overall

    This is a GREAT walking tour of SFO's North Beach, featuring lots of lively info that I (a onetime Bay Area resident) didn't know, delivered by a really personable and knowledgeable guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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