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Carolyn

Friendsville, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 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
    (1748)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (988)

    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."
    "Potty Mouth"
    Overall

    Tony, find a thesaurus that specializes in trash words. The same words and phrases spill out of your computer. The repeated use of smut adjectives are no different than if you presented the same ingredient, seasoned and cooked in the same way for every course. Shame on your editor. Listening to your stories is like being presented the best quality seafood, meat and vegetables covered with cheese sauce from a jar. Foodies find your stories interesting. Don't diminish the value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6859)
    Performance
    (6280)
    Story
    (6286)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Tooo Long But Very Well Written"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. Narration was terrific, spot on. But, after a while Theo's whining was amplified by the good narration.


    Would you recommend The Goldfinch to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend but only to someone looking for a good read. Not, for the faint hearted. looking for a beach book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Let's start at the beginning. His time in the museum with Welty and then, trying to get out of the building pulled me in. I could see him as a very young boy being most scared and confused. Again, many of the events becoming close to Boris felt right if, also extremely depressing. I felt the author had command of that period of his life.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    I really liked Hoby. He was most real. His care for the two young people in the book was from the heart. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were the best way to describe Theo and Boris.


    Any additional comments?

    The author gave us a grand tale. I have read Dickens and yes, much like him. However, someone should have edited. Much too long. The last scene in Amsterdam tried to wring juice from a dry orange. Theo's illness and his attempts to leave were bleak and then when Boris showed up, yet another barrage of words. By then if it were not near the end, I would have turned it off. I hope to read more from this author but next time dear publisher, insist on editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "The History of Civil Rights"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Allen was as discreet in this book as he was in life. Very little was shared about the Presidents he served. The various presidents' relationship to the civil rights struggle were revealed by the author Wil Haygood. Mr. Haygood also wrote about the relationship the motion picture industry had/has to black actors and the behind the scenes people of color.
    It is a well written book. I enjoyed listening. Do not buy the book if you are looking for a story of the Butler. Other than knowing Mr. Allen was a gentleman and had a deep and abiding loyalty to and pride in his race he remains a mystery to me.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • TransAtlantic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

    Diane Colson says: "Good narrator miscast"
    "Great Book, Very Depressing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if the friend has a high tolerance for unremitting depression


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vignettes of history. I really liked the portion of the peace negotiations.


    Have you listened to any of Geraldine Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is a fine narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I read from the beginning to Chapter 7 and quit. I could not take ne more death of a child. The thought of the Irish immigrant woman losing so much finished me with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is talented and I loved his first book. This one ground my heart. Read only if you are strong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6104)
    Performance
    (5420)
    Story
    (5418)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "I Wear A Red Scarf"
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    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    Visuals. Ms. Morganstern writes with a paintbrush, no mere computer or pen. Each description took me into the story. I smelled the caramel apples and tasted the chocolate mice (made I am sure from the finest Guitard) On hearing the description of the birthday cake the raspberry/chocolate filling came into my senses.


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    I think it incomparable. Neil Gaimen is the closest modern author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually, at the end when Widget was at the restaurant talking to The Gray Man. In that conversation was one of the best explanations of why we write and why we read, I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    a Circus for your very best dreams.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot specify a favorite Audible Book but this certainly is floating very near the top. It was one of those books I put off ending. I want one for every grand daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Selfridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lindy Woodhead
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Now a major ITV drama series, Mr Selfridge is a tale of Edwardian excess and the rise and fall of maverick retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge. In 1909 London's first dedicated department store opened in a huge blaze of publicity. Zola called Selfridges a 'great cathedral of shopping', and its high priest was Harry Gordon Selfridge, father of modern retailing, philanderer, gambler, dandy and showman.

    Carolyn says: "modern marketing 101"
    "modern marketing 101"
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    Where does Mr Selfridge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top. It has been a while since I have listened to a book that both entertained and, informed me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book was a journey through turn of the 20th century England and, to an extent Europe and the US. Mr. Selfridge kept me on my toes as he did his staff and, the shoppers of a now forgotten age. Did you know that television was invented and indeed used in the 1930's. In Mr. Selfridtge I saw woman's fashion tuned on its head from a dress that did not dare show an ankle to one that barely covered necessities. Every time we are entertained by newpaper ads filled with the latest gadgets Harry Selfridge lives behind them. We can blame him as well for our forming wants rather than needs. It is also a cautionary tale as he skipped across the wild and extravagent jewel filled hedonistic life of his middle years to end up as an old man whose only riches were his memories. But what memories they were. Mr. Selfridge was a well loved and considerate boss but he never provided his employees with any sort of a retirement plan. He felt that they should each provide their own. He never followed his own advise. Harry Selfridge was in many, many respects not a nice man. He was one of the most complex individuals I have met in books for many a year.He was the little boy who was very, very good or horrid.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many favorites. The TV show cannot give the full extent of his escapades. I would have loved to have seen his office window which was signed with a diamond tipped pen. Every celebrity who visited his store signed the window. it was distroyed in a bombing in WW2.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much. Like eating a rich dessert all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like history and are fond of rogues this is the book for you. Kudos to suthor Woodhead for her excellent, tntensive research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9500)
    Performance
    (8465)
    Story
    (8442)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Comic Book for the Adolescent Adult"
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hounded is a 50 on the 1-100 scale the higher number mostly due to the narrator. My age is a factor in the ranking.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Loved the dog. The dog helped make the story fun and without him, I might have canned the book. Several of the characters were pretty comic book such as the huge motorcycle gang and the husband of the chief goddess.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually loved the ending when dog felt cheated although in fact the whole idea was pretty sexist. Actually I felt the whole book was written for testosterone filled young men. Could be wrong.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, hard to feel moved in this story so obviously written for fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect this book was written for literate gamers who want to take a few moments away from their screens. The fast pace of the book and references to Druids, gods, godesses, vampires all point to the young and restless. Having said that I listened to the whole book; it was fun. I think this is the start of a series and I shall not continue. As I said, I am just too old. I read comic books when they were ten cents. The Narrator was quite simply superb. Kudos to whomever chose him for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delta Wedding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Set on the Mississippi Delta in 1923, this story captures the mind and manners of the Fairchilds, a large aristocratic family, self-contained and elusive as the wind. The vagaries of the Fairchilds are keenly observed, and sometimes harshly judged, by nine-year-old Laura McRaven, a Fairchild cousin who takes The Yellow Dog train to the Delta for Dabney Fairchild’s wedding.

    Carolyn says: "Soul Food"
    "Soul Food"
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    Would you listen to Delta Wedding again? Why?

    Yes, as I am certain I missed points. Ms. Welty did such a masterful job of painting a word picture of the time, the place, the people. My mother was from the south at just about that time. No, the author did not show the downside of the era or the differences of the races or the way women had no say. That was not the purpose of the story. The Help, Color Purple took on that task. Ms Welty I believe wanted to show life from her perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was there. She had a way of putting the reader into the house and the wedding week. From the adoration of an uncle to the brusk no nonsence presence of his brother (father of the house) and the foibles of their sisters married and not to the mother of the house, gentle and accepting we met them all. Then there were the children of all ages and races. We met the negro servants but of course we did not learn their personalities as Ms. Welty woud not have seen them as they were. It was very of the period.


    Have you listened to any of Sally Darling’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She made the book what it is. I had not heard her before but what an excellent addition to this book.


    If you could rename Delta Wedding, what would you call it?

    Yazoo Tales.


    Any additional comments?

    After a number of books that were controvesial and ripped at your heart I needed a mint julip and slow fan on the porch. This was the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4712)
    Performance
    (4287)
    Story
    (4334)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "At Last It's Over, Let Us Call It A Day"
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    Would you listen to A Memory of Light again? Why?

    Actually I sorta did. Like many, I listened to the last book first and then went back. So much of the story is in that 5th segment. I had to listen to the whole book to know the many turns and twists and certainly how Egwane died. You cannot know each plot twist unless you listen to the whole book and even then if you get distracted, you must go back.I had to listen to several segments twice to catch the Compulsion ploy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the ending was not tidy. The story held from start to finish and left us wanting more.. yes, I would purchase a book about Rand's new travels and his women. Especially liked that the authors made clear that Rand had to learn to give people freedom to make mistakes. Any other ending would have not been believable.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotions. You really felt what the author was trying to convey.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Logain's decision to relinquish power for compassion. His decision to help the helpless rather than sieze power over them. I loved it when he realized that a new way was possible. Also, thank you Mr. Sanderson for your conversation between Rand and his adversary when he told Sight Binder why he had no power over mankind. It was really insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Perrin at times drove me crazy. His chivalry began to grate my skin right to the end. "I could never hurt a woman." I understand his character was not the brightest of the group but Perrin for the most part was written thick as a plank. I agree with another reviewer who griped a bit about Matt's clowning. It did get a little old. Having put in a few thorns, and very few indeed.. a huge Valentine bouquet of roses to the Sanderson-Jordan team. Thanks for a wonderful run. I'll be one of the first in line to buy a ticket to the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bastard Out of Carolina

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dorothy Allison
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family - a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Faint of Heart"
    "Not for the Faint of Heart"
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    Where does Bastard Out of Carolina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well written book but I could not finish. The first time I heard a child's sexual molestation by a step parent graphically described I had to quit the book. That is just me, and has nothing to do with the quality of writing.or, narration. I am certain it happens all the time but I tend to be an ostrich and do not need to hear it. The incident was part of the story and not written in for shock value.


    Any additional comments?

    Before you buy, be aware this is at least a part of the story and if squeamish, do not purchase.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Highbinders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ross Thomas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    St. Ives goes to London on a job for the least trustworthy con artist he knows. Philip St. Ives has only been in the pub a few minutes before he realizes his whiskey is drugged. Instantly sick, he’s vomiting on the sidewalk when the muggers appear. He fights as best he can in his drugged state, and only when he feels the handcuffs does he realize his assailants aren’t muggers - they’re cops. He wakes in a dingy cell to the knowledge that English Eddie Apex has pulled a fast one on him. English Eddie is not English, but talks with a British accent that once made him New York’s most refined con artist.

    Carolyn says: "good, but not as advertised"
    "good, but not as advertised"
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    Where does The Highbinders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Liked the book, liked the narrator and I am a long time fan of Ross Thomas. However, the book has nothing to do with the late and very great comedian W.C.Fields. Best check the advertisement. As a mystery book based in England it held my interest. You could do worse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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