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  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (806)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Ron says: "Must have for any Adam Carolla Fan!"
    "Pretty funny but crude"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a humorous look at Adam's strange life. I'd never heard of him before since I'm not a radio listener and not under age 30. He seems to be pretty successful for having such a weird life. And he's kept lots of his old friends, which is surprising considering the stunts they pulled together. Lots of F bomb and scatological material in here.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Carolla? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    No


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

    When he talked about how he rates life on how high the mattress is off the floor. His lowlife mom had hers on the floor. At the time I was moving from one rental to another (I own two nice homes with high mattresses, but am living in a temporary rental and my mattress was on the floor. He nailed it dead on!


    Any additional comments?

    I won't share this book with my mom.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shop on Blossom Street

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    There's a little shop on Blossom Street in Seattle called A Good Yarn. You go there to buy knitting supplies and patterns, and now it's offering a knitting class. The first lesson: how to knit a baby blanket.

    Christine says: "Shop on Blossom Street"
    "A little sappy but still enjoyable"
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    Where does The Shop on Blossom Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Blossom St. books are a collection of stories of lives that mirror our own but in rosier and often more moral ways. The characters go through rough times but good triumphs in the end. I hope these books make me stop and smell the flowers, knit a scarf and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend when life all too often would have me honk at the slow poke driving ahead of me, or the person with a full cart in the 20 items or less checkout lane. Hopefully I will be a better person for listening to these fanciful tales.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought of knitting again.


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

    I'm in the car 10 hours a week so this is the4 only way I could enjoy the book.


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

    Saying "No" to a pushy future mother-in-law


    Any additional comments?

    great fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1011)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Book was written in the '60's but is still relevan"
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    Where does The Deep Blue Good-By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3 out of the last 10 books I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Deep Blue Good-By to and why?

    A Sidney Sheldon book.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Yery engaging


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

    Justice finds a home.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (236)

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    "Same story as ll the other books"
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    What did you like best about Blue Shoes and Happiness? What did you like least?

    It's the same plot line as all the rest. No real mystery just slice of life about Botswana.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next book in the series


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    The graceful way she pronounces the words. She's the real reason I listen to these boring books.


    Did Blue Shoes and Happiness inspire you to do anything?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    You can listen to this series in the car and if you miss a bit you haven't lost any of the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1162)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    Bob says: "Witty and magical"
    "Good book if you like this genre"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stardust to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    Would you recommend Stardust to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was well paced but easy to listen to because if you missed a bit you didn't lose track of the story.


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

    n/a


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

    Yes, we were on a road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

    Janet says: "Refreshing view of life in a small country"
    "A secondary character takes the lead"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, because if I changed it to my tastes it would not represent Africa and the African people. To change the characters to my way of thinking would be to dimish them and make them into Americans. These characters have a charm and beauty that is truly African.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander McCall Smith again?

    Yes, Looking forward to the second half of the series.


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

    She can pronounce the names and places properly. I can't roll my tongue like she does or have the right lilt to my voice that makes the characters human.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but it probably would be an indie film and shown only on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (375)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "#2 in the #1 Ladies Series"
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    What did you like best about Tears of the Giraffe? What did you like least?

    This book picks up with the same characters as in the first book. Not much happened in that book and though some children were added to the cast of characters not much really happens.

    I like these books for their simple sing-song wording and the description of African life as seen through African eyes, not how an American sees African life. These people are very content with what they have and proud of their country. It's hard for an American listener to believe they are content with life, when by American standards they are so poor. But the characters don't have a lusting for material goods. It's more about people and relationships. The love of the land and their heritage are important to these characters.


    Has Tears of the Giraffe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I like off beat, quirky books. I'm not much into Hollywood style blockbuster movies and I don't watch much commercial TV. I care more about these characters than the whole Kardashian family.


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

    She can properly pronounce the names of the characters and places. A very enjoyable narator.


    Could you see Tears of the Giraffe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only on BBC TV. Too slow paced for American TV and with no blood, violence , sex or even much mystery for that matter,it wouldn't be very popular here. PBS might run it and I would certainly watch.


    Any additional comments?

    A great series of books that are best listened to one after another. If you plan on listening to the series get them all at once. Don't listen to a lot of books in between or the characters will become confusing since thir name are hard to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

    MusicMom13 says: "#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner"
    "Like Alex McCall Smith? then you'll like this book"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is pretty uneventful with not much sluthing or who-done it. The books are a slice of life from a part of the world that is very different from white-bread America. The characters are moderately engaging but there's not much plot line. The narator is supurb and it's interesting to hear how the names are pronounced. I've listened to about a half dozen of this series and I enjoy them for what they are and don't expect real mysteries or detective work.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    They are all about the same. The characters are all about the same. The detection work is all about the same. 'Nuff said!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I couldn't spell any of the names if I tried.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes, but I like British comedy too, so that may not be a recomendation to many people.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    The books are worth listening to if for no other reason that we live in a big diverse world. Learning about how other peoples and cultures thrive in this less than perfect world is enjoyable to me. I'm halfway through all 13 books and look forward to hearing the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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