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Andrew

South YarraAustralia

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  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1031)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Stephenson at his most inventive, wonderfully read"
    Overall

    This is one of the first few audio books I have listened to, and this one I have actually read before. All the wonderful baroque fanciness and joy of tech that was evident in Snow Crash is present here, yet Stephenson's writing style and characterisation improves markedly.

    Stephenson's endings are often critisized (correctly in some cases) for being too open ended. I didn't find that a problem in tDA. This is not a 'travel a long way, destroy the ring and sauron, all go home' style of book, so it doesn't have that sort of ending.

    The narration is simply excellent, with appropriate accents and timbre, but not overdone or excessively stereotypical. I personally felt that one or two voices were awkward (Nell and Harv) but given that all the characters were voiced by the same speaker I could forgive that. Despite having read the book already I listened to all 16 hours, it was just that good.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1167)

    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"
    "Makes you want to eat (home cooked food that is)"
    Overall

    A wonderful description of the madness that is the restaurant industry from a man who started at the bottom of the industry. Some great writing, some a little bit bombastic, but most of it really entertaining, all of it brought vividly to life by the narration of the author. Anthony Bourdain is incredibly passionate about what he does, paints such vivid pictures of the people in the industry, the food oh the food, the controlled mayhem that is the production line of a kitchen, that he almost makes you smell the kitchen, hear the New York accented commands of the chef and the cussing of Ecudorian line cooks.

    I felt hungry after many a description in the book, but equally was convinced to be far more vigilant at restaurants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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