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Wendy

Ashburnham, MA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3720)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1619)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Don't bother reading"
    Overall

    This is the only audible book I've downloaded that I was unable to finish. There was some interesting material in the book but it was offset by the offensive language and many numberous graphic sexual references which added nothing to the book. I'm not a prude, but in all found the book of little value.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (279)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was enthralled with the first 2/3 of the book, then the storyline just fell apart for me, unlike The Time Traveler's Wife which I re-read after listening to the book because I enjoyed it so much. The last 1/3 of Her Fearful Symmetry just didn't flow at all for me. I felt the author had "run out of steam" in completing a story that was so interesting at the beginning. The most interesting character ended up being Martin who was not one of the main personalities; the description of his OCD was very well portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13237)
    Performance
    (5571)
    Story
    (5614)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Ken Follett never fails to keep my attention in bringing history alive. Very long book but well worth the time. Loved the 14th century characters in the story; his weaving of the place of religion, medical knowledge, social status during that time period was very well done and kept my attention throughout.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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