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Alan

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  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3633)
    Performance
    (1543)
    Story
    (1536)

    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"
    "Entertaining but over-the-top at times."
    Overall

    The book is entertaining but there's also a sense of extreme exaggeration from Mr. Bourdain that makes me take everything he says with a grain of salt. I don't know if this is truly a kitchen "confession" so much as a series of tall tales mixed with observation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4788)
    Performance
    (2528)
    Story
    (2572)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Amazing, perception-changing book"
    Overall

    An incredible book that will change the way you think about the human ability to run. This book has got a little bit of everything. Secretive Mexican Indian tribes. $200 running shoes that aren't worth a dime. Light shed on one of the mysteries of evolution. Exciting races. And great sports writing. All tied together beautifully. One of the best books I've read in the past 10 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17727)
    Performance
    (13839)
    Story
    (13875)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Masterfully plotted"
    Overall

    Roy Dotrice is simply the best narrator I've experienced on audiobooks, and he's perfect for these books. Clash of Kings is not quite as well-paced as the first book, but the second half of the book will carry you along like a tidal wave. This and the third book tie for second as the best books in the series (the first book is the best).

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10310)
    Performance
    (5219)
    Story
    (5254)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Politically charged, poorly plotted, goofy"
    Overall

    Under the Dome is a politically charged allegorical novel advocating for the environmental movement, and it takes potshots at Republicans throughout. The bad guys line up with recent Republican politicians (eg, there's a "Junior" who's a homicidal maniac). That said, the Dome concept of the novel is brilliant, and the best writing occurs in the first few chapters, but it quickly becomes plain Stephen King is writing without an ending for most of the book. All of King's imagination seems used up early, as I gagged at the silly resolution of it all. I found none of the characters in the book particularly likeable, not even the heros. King falls into some bad habits that marked his bland period.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4259)
    Performance
    (2565)
    Story
    (2605)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Good SciFi. Average storytelling."
    Overall

    The novel provides mind-blowing science, but the author is not skilled at characterization. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters in the novel, they were paper doll cutouts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Detailed and Spectacular"
    Overall

    An amazingly detailed look at a horrific historical event. Narrator is perfect for this book. The book's apex is, of course, the flood itself, but the choices, actions, and attitudes of the people both before and after the event makes for an interesting look at society too. No higher recommendation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Federation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Judith, Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    • Narrated By Mark Lenard
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Past and present collide and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance when, at long last, one story intertwines both crews of the Enterprise! Kirk and his crew must rescue a scientist before his evil captor can use him to conquer the galaxy, while 99 years away, Picard's crew is headed for a black hole that holds the key to the future of the Federation!

    Tim says: "Wow"
    "Cool overall plot but feels rushed"
    Overall

    Overall, it's a cool story that involves 3 generations of Star Trek lore, but it's a strangely paced story (perhaps due to being abridged?). It starts out plodding along then rushes along at the end. It's plot driven with little characterization. But still, it's a fun, satisfying read, just lacking any kind of depth. Dispensible fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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