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Jessica

Lyme Center, NH, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "His best yet!"
    Overall

    For fans of Augusten Burroughs, this is a real treat. Snippets of stuff you know from Running with Scissors weaves through his best writing yet in the form of essays about his life, relationships, neuroses, and career. He's a great reader, too, and his words and voice combine to wonderful effect. I laughed out loud a couple times in public while listening on my iPod, and while I must have looked like a wacko, I had a great time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    Barbara says: "An interesting glimpse"
    "Entertaining book, terrible performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Judy Melinek, MD and T. J. Mitchell and/or Tanya Eby?

    I would listen to another book from the author but will avoid this narrator. Her attempts at men's voices rendered the book almost unlistenable. I'm glad I pushed through, though, particularly for the last couple of chapters, which were great.


    What other book might you compare Working Stiff to and why?

    Stiff. Same topic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    NO.


    Was Working Stiff worth the listening time?

    Sure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cleaving: Advance First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do - until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, Cleaving. Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery.

    PKsweets says: "A Maybe- listen to preview first"
    "Eh...not so much."
    Overall

    Right off the bat, she speaks of how she's known her husband "almost literally" half her life. Almost literally? Yikes. Didn't she have an editor?

    And the narrator is annoying. Grating, even. Oh well, I was looking forward to this one, but don't think I will buy the whole thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsided

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Cohen
    • Narrated By Richard Cohen
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with wife, Meredith Vieira. Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while dealing with illness is not the way he chose to live his life, it did choose him.

    Jason says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Got bored and found narrator (author) grating"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book, but every time I turned it back on, I found that I simply wanted to get away from Richard Cohen's voice as it was grating and monotonous. The book itself was somewhat boring, and the author repeats some of the material over and over again during the narrative. I kept going back because I wanted it to redeem itself, but it never did. I could see how someone going through the journey of Multiple Sclerosis might find it engaging, but even then, Cohen's style undercuts the drama the subject would otherwise hold.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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