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Jennifer

Hamden, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 174 titles in library
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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "can you talk without applying signs of "e"?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pleasure of My Company to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read The Pleasrure of my Company in print, but I can't imagine a better way to "read" this book.


    What does Steve Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like I was in Steve Martin's head, listening to him writing this tale.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't help but like and relate to the main character on some level. I often found strangers on the street giving me odd looks while I was listening to this book -- as I laughed out loud or at the very least, had a stupid grin on my face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jacques Pepin
    • Narrated By Michel Chevalier
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.

    Linda Zimmerman says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECIPES???"
    "DELIGHTFUL!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    We read The Apprentice for my book club... I got a great reading from Michel Chevalier (including the accent,) but missed out on the recipes in between chapters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacques Pepin


    Any additional comments?

    I found this memior very moving and inspirational. Jacques' life is an incredible one, beautifully written. His stories conjure up wonderful smells and tastes. The day after finishing this book, I purchased Jacques Pépin's Complete Techniques - which is now a staple in my kitchen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1056)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have. We all saw the movie years ago - and loved it. The book goes deeper into the narrator's psyche and the story behind the fight.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

    Melissa says: "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    "how DO we get by?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Nickel and Dimed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barbara (of course)


    What does Cristine McMurdo-Wallis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gave Barbara a voice.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read [and was captured by] a good portion of this book in print. But when my weekly driving time increased [thereby reducing my reading time] I downloaded this book to listen to while in the car. Cristine's narration added the voice which was missing from my own reading. It was wonderful - she brought Barbara to life and really captured the essence of her. Nickel & Dimed is a must read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Sin Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Minchin
    • Narrated By Gareth David-Lloyd
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Alien larvae in a baptismal font mark the beginnings of a terrifying adventure for the Torchwood team in this exclusive audio adventure, read by Gareth David-Lloyd Searching for the source of a bizarre Rift reading, Gwen, Jack and Ianto find a corpse on the beach, his face covered in hundreds of tiny cuts. Watching from the shadows is a man in black... The Reverend Hayward thinks he has found a way to take away people's sins. The trouble is, his special baptisms tend to take away their lives too.

    Jennifer says: "What would Cardiff do without Torchwood?"
    "What would Cardiff do without Torchwood?"
    Overall

    This is a great representation of Torchwood. If you like the show, this will bring you back. Gareth David-Lloyd narrates this beautifully and captures each charecter's voice/inflections amazingly well. Would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Forever Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Catherine Tate
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it's led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells.

    rtdb says: "Brilliant performance"
    "Long live the Doctor!"
    Overall

    If you like the Doctor and Donna, you will love this! Catherine Tate keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story and does an amazing impression of David Tennant as the Doctor. The imagery is perfectly detailed, and the sounds/music (while a little cheesy) help make it a classic DW.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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