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D. Allatt

Book Lover in Ottawa

Ottawa, ON Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 349 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Go Tobo Go!"

    Everyone knows Stephen Tobolowsky, even if they are not sure who he is. Try IMDB and you'll figure out who he is. This was not only a great set of stories about Stephen's life, but in so many ways a lesson on how everyone should approach their lives.

    This book had me really laughing in places. Stephen tells great stories and I could relate to each and every one of of his stories.

    This is a book that benefits reading by the author and I can't wait for the next instalment. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "A Good Anthology"
    Any additional comments?

    I’m not sure why I bought this book as I’d never heard of David Sedaris before. It was likely the couple glasses of wine that lowered my resistance to buying 3 Audible credits and and a desire to stock up on audiobooks before going on vacation, even though I didn’t need more books.

    This title had permeated my consciousness with hype on Audible and some magazines I read and had peaked my curiosity. In my research prior to purchasing, I found that David is an American humorist with a decent following and so I decided that Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls would be my introduction to David Sedaris.

    This book then sat unread for a little over 4 months before I queue it up while waiting for my next Audible credit to arrive. I figured as this was a book of distinct stories that I could always stop part way through if I wanted to read something else, but didn’t.

    David reads this book himself which I have always liked for biographical audio books and does a solid job presenting his material. Some of his stories have been recorded live, but most of the book is recorded in studio. The stories reflect David’s life growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, living abroad, traveling, and being gay before ending with some short absurd and funny stories at the end of the book.

    All the stories are good to great and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. Sedaris is just a bit older than I am, so I related well to his commentaries on how the world has changed since the 1970s. His stories are sympathetic enough that you are able to relate and care enough to find out more about Sedaris’ life, but not good enough for me to rush out and buy all his other audio books immediately. I’m not saying I won’t pick up another book by Sedaris, I probably will, but just not today.

    In conclusion, a good book and a solid read if this is the type of book that interests you pick it up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "A Light, Easy Listen"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This was a light, and good, overview of SEALs and the mission that took down Bin Laden. I found this to be an easy listen, with a fair amount of insight into the SEALs in general and a decent account of the take down, but I was left wanting more by the end. There just wasn't enough content and depth to the overall story.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well there are no surprises as to the ending if you kept up with the news.

    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance is solid and not distracting from the story telling.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a more than worthy listen if you are interested in the subject. However, it will leave you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Award Winner - Not So Sure"

    I gave this book a shot as it was the 2011 Nebula Award Winner and 2012 Hugo Award Winner for best novel. After listening I'm astounded that this won any awards. Maybe my gap is this is considered a young adult book. Or maybe it's because it references so many other SF and Fantasy classic boors or it works at a level for young readers, but I don't see why or how this won awards. Don't get me wrong, the story is ok to good and I enjoyed listening to it, but it is just not of award winning caliber. The story seems to drift along slowly for most of the book and then crams all the conclusions into the last thirty minutes.

    The book is a chronicle or diary of a girl named Morwenna (Mori) over about a number of months as she discovers herself and gets her life on track after a horrible accident that kills her twin sister. There are mentions of fairies and magic, but not to any extreme. Read any review and you'll get more of the picture of the story.

    I think what I enjoyed about this book was the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. Mori is a Welsh girl and the narrator's accent just works for the character. Others have complained about not understanding a word, but I had no issues with the narration and felt that's what made the book most enjoyable for me.

    In conclusion, if you are interested in this type of story, it is worthy, but there are many better books that I would consider as alternatives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Good Fun"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was on of my enjoyable reads of late.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. He finds himself by the end of the book.

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

    Ray Porter does a great job with the voices and accents.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that keeps you wanting to listen to find out what is going to happen at the end. While a little bit formulaic at the end, it was a good listen and one of the recent books that kept me hooked until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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