I couldn't tell you whether the novel The Hours was good or bad because I couldn't get past the absolutely horrendous reading in this recording. I was looking forward to the book, but I had to turn it off about an hour into the audiobook because the reader was just too irritating. All the prose is read in poetry-reading style - lots of unnecessary pauses and strange vocal intonations. I recommend buying the physical book and passing on the audio version. Highly disappointing.
This is now one of my favorite books of all time. Mixing zoology, religion, and suvivalism, Yann Martel has written a moving and vastly interesting book. Rarely do you find a book with such elegant writing paired with an intriguing plot. I urge you to read this book.
This is a well crafted first novel from Pulitzer-prize winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks does her own narration and singing (with her husband on guitar), which adds a great theatricality to this audiobook.
Everyone in America should read "Fast Food Nation," it's a book that inspires change and action. Each section makes you reflect on your eating habits and what they mean for business, health, and the nation's children. This book doesn't try to make you a vegetarian or even boycott fast food altogether (Schlosser praises In-n-Out burger chains, for example), but it does make you think twice about what the business of fast food means to our country.
This audiobook is so funny it should come with a warning: Do not drive a car while listening. Actually, I listened to this whole book in the car, and I didn't quite run off the road, but I was laughing so hard my eyes were tearing up. Nobody is as funny as David Sedaris, and this book proves it once and for all. The only thing it lacks are MORE stories (there are only 5 or 6). Still, it's a great listen.
"A Short History of Nearly Everything" is an engaging compilation of anecdotes about the people involved with major scientific discoveries. I have never been a fan of history, but Bryson has a special talent for making these stories come alive. All the stories are related and flow together in what seems to be a well-planned stream of consciousness narrative. However, because Bryson is describing "Nearly Everything" in this book, he can't delve too deep into any one topic, which makes this book perfect car material. Each anecdote is self-contained, so you can listen so small portions of the book at a time without losing concentration.
"Middlesex" is a fantastic epic that deals with genetics, history, and gender in a way never seen before. The premise is so brilliant it makes you slap your forehead and exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" I loved every moment of this (very) long audiobook, and was actually sad to have it end. The book itself is wonderful, but listening to the audiobook with this amazing narrator really takes your breath away. There's good reason "Middlesex" has won so many awards, including the Audie. Don't miss this book.
I had read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" before I bought the audiobook, but was inspired to listen to it after hearing "David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall." David Sedaris has the sharpest wit of any author out there. He has a uncanny ability to describe his family's problems and personal neuroses in a way that is both touching and laugh-out-loud funny. I couldn't recommend this book more.
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