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Patricia

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  • Carnage on the Committee

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Dudley Edwards
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When the chairperson of a prestigious literary prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest, it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread.

    Joe says: "Welcome to Audible, Baroness Jack!"
    "Perfect narration of a hilarious book."
    Overall

    Saw this writer praised in a Marilyn Stasio column so downloaded this title - It was so funny and so well read that I listened to it again as soon as I finished it. Have been reading what other titles I can find at my library, but reading them can not compare to hearing Bill Wallis read Ms. Edwards' outrageous and clever right leaning humor. BTW, I'm a Democrat - but this is a joke I can take and want for more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Janissary Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Goodwin
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

    Andre says: "Turkish History"
    "Too subtle for audio"
    Overall

    This book has been highly praised and would likely be a good read, but it is way too subtle for casual listening. I repeated sections throughout, probably the entire book, trying to follow the plot line and story. This is one of those books that is better read than heard - an anomaly in my experience.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Boomsday: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Janeane Garofalo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

    Lloyd says: "Buckley's a winner"
    "Boomsday"
    Overall

    Boomsday is totally hilarious, and the narration is perfect. I loved it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Wex
    • Narrated By Michael Wex
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

    dlb says: "entertaining & informative"
    "The Joy of Kvetching"
    Overall

    This is the only audiobook I have listened to again as soon as I finished listening to it the first time. Also bought the hardback for the spelling of the Yiddish words and the glossary, and to read for reference. This is a revealing and fascinating description of Jewish life and culture in Gentile society through the past two millenia. It is smart, funny, touching, and enlightening. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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