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Jennifer

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    On Beauty is beautifully written and excellently narrated - I think I heard about fifteen different well-done accents. I loved the plot delving into the academic world and revealing the surprisingly normal and flawed humans residing in it. I couldn't stop listening and will look for the author and narrator again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "Excellent book, awesome reader"
    Overall

    This gets 5 stars from me, and for good reason. The book is a great read and is my favorite audiobook so far. The author's humble attitude toward food, critiquing restaurants, and her career choices is inviting and welcoming to the reader. Her recounting cooking in a Berkeley commune fondly brought me back to my own experience learning to cook in a Berkeley co-op - especially how cooking is more pleasurable done in a community, with plenty of people in the kitchen. The reader adds a delicious flavor with her voice and character accents. I found myself racing through this audiobook on my daily commute, even enjoying hearing the details of the recipes I would never have the patience to copy down to cook. Ruth, thanks for a great book and Bernadette, kudos to the great reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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