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Norman, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2013


  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jacques Pepin
    • Narrated By Michel Chevalier

    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???"

    This was a delightful autobiography that I enjoyed from start to finish. The early sections on his childhood are told with a sense of sustained innocent, despite the privations of the second World War. The entire story is told with honesty and humor. Read social commentary is also present-- from a call for more African-Americans as chefs (and a condemnation for our failure in that there aren't more), to the joys of real food and care and joy in it's preparation, to a philosophy on the feeding of children. Reports of his friendships with Julia Child, Howard Johnson, and other important figures are told with affection but also honesty. I was sorry when this book ended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "Good Reader, Interesting Story, Poor Audio Quality"

    The title pretty much sums it up. Ralph Cosham does a really commendable job reading the book. This is the first Louise Penny novel I've "read," and I found it to be an intriguing story with writings that at times was beautiful. The appreciate for art and community life in the novel was striking. The main drawback was the really poor audio quality-- every "p" created distortion, the input volume was off, and the whole thing was very shabbily recorded. Which is too bad because it was the only drawback in an otherwise gratifying experience.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jim Rogers
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the ultimate road trip. Legendary investor Jim Rogers and his fiancee travel to 116 countries in a custom-built, four-wheel-drive, bright yellow Mercedes. Over three years, they make their way through war zones, are guarded by military convoys, observe a 50-million-person pilgrimage, eat disgusting food, put the car on barges for transport between countries, and have their lives threatened at every turn.

    Dan says: "New Perspective"
    "Mixed Bag"

    As has been noted in previous reviews, the author does not seem to be lacking in self-confident (and self-serving) pronouncements, which I found quite tiresome. The reader of this version does make some rather odd choices in pronunciation and faux-accents. But here's the thing-- once you get past the annoying aspects of this audiobook (and they are many), there's some interesting stuff here told from a perspective which was new to me. While I don't agree with some of the author's political views, I do trust that he understands something about investing and has an interesting economic viewpoint from which he evaluates different countries. As an anthropologist myself, I would have liked to have seen more cultural details and less facile renderings of history and customs. Still, it made me think and learn-- which is always appreciated. You may be better off getting the abridged version however, which is read by the author rather than the hired narrator for the unabridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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