You no longer follow Krispian

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Krispian

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Krispian

The more you love books... the more books you love!

32
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 22 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 830 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
2

  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1217)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Love Mary Roach!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book takes you on an end-to-end tour of the alimentary canal, and it's a very satisfying read. I'm a big fan of Mary Roach's work, and her latest book does not disappoint. I love facts about science, and Mary Roach's inquiries go where standard science writers fear to tread!

    The narrator also does a fabulous job. Her wry, bubbly style matches the tone of the book perfectly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2000)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Don't judge a book by its description"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I put off reading this book for months, thinking that I had no interest in reading about Louise Brooks. This book was about much more than the old movie star - in fact, she plays just a small part in the story of Cora. This was a very compelling and engaging story. It sounds cliche, but... I laughed, I cried during the reading of this book. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (460)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "Fantastic and Fantastical!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book did a wonderful job of transporting me into the life of a Japanese teenager - a life I know very little about - as well as transporting me into the life of a woman living on British Columbia's coast - a life I know very well :) I enjoyed hear familiar Vancouver Island place names, and to read descriptions of familiar flora and climate.

    Ruth Ozeki did an excellent job of narrating. She seems fluent in Japanese and French, and each character was easily distinguishable.

    A great read - highly recommended.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Charming"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this little book to be extremely charming. I didn't think I'd find myself relating to the 70-something year old protagonist, but Dr. Siri was surprisingly funny and very endearing.

    It was also interesting to learn about 1970s Laos -- a time and place I'd never really thought of before.

    The narrator's dry, relaxed delivery suited the story very well.

    Recommended!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3342)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2947)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Wow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a fantastic book. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and now I want to hit the trail myself!

    I think what made Cheryl's story particularly endearing to me was the fact that we are the same age and have similar backgrounds. I enjoyed hearing about her taste in music in the 90s -- bands like Lucinda Williams, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco -- really took me back.

    A good read that I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6579)
    Performance
    (3354)
    Story
    (3375)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Kids Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Due to the Audible web site's information architecture/information design, it is impossible to tell the genre of a book from the book's page iteself. Unless you navigate to the book page using "audible categories" eg, you click a link from the home page, there is no way to tell the book's genre. (Unless I am missing something?)

    Because of this design flaw, I have downloaded a few Romances, Young Adults and Kids books by accident. Actually, this is a good way to serendipitously discover books outside my comfort zone (well, except in the case of the Romances), but on the whole I find it a drag to invest time into a book only to find the writing is better suited to teenagers.

    In the case of The Graveyard Book (unlike the Night Angel Trilogy series), the story is engaging, and the writing of a calibre that held my interest. It's a good book and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1085)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Not as good as Kitchen Confidential"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't get me wrong, Anthony Bourdain is an excellent writer. This isn't a bad book. Many of the topics are interesting, and -- as a fellow parent of a daughter and advocate of 'slow food' over fast food -- the topics are relevant to me.

    However, each chapter has too much of a strident tone in its writing and narration. I found I could take it in only short doses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1540)

    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"
    "Brilliant writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Anthony Bourdain is a gifted and very honest writer. This book sucked me right into the world of professional cooking culture; the sounds, smells and chaos vividly portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Riveting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What an amazing story. I picked this up to 'get in the mood' for an upcoming diving trip, but I don't think I'll be deep diving in this lifetime! There were passages in this work of non-fiction had that filled me with more terror and dread than any fictional horror book.

    An absolutely fascinating story. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11841)
    Performance
    (10856)
    Story
    (10917)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Cancertastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book had me laughing... and crying.

    The antics of Hazel and Gus had me in stitches. I found them to be very likeable characters with their sarcastic, highly literate wit. I greatly enjoyed the story of their romance.

    However, as the mother of a teenage girl, I could not help but identify with the parents, and reading about how they coped with their daughter's illness literally had me sobbing. But then again, I cry at diaper commercials.

    While listening to this book, I was continually amazed at the facility and power of John Green's writing, how it was capable of stirring emotions; the erudite quotes and references; the ability to create entire, believable worlds with living, breathing characters. Good writing is truly an amazing craft.

    This is a superbly written story and I recommend it highly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.