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Sam

Artist. Photographer. Devil.

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Black Swan Green

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "The joys of teen misery"
    "Bizarre Pronouciations"
    Overall

    Mitchell's pronunciation are so peculiar, it is taking away from the story for me. I have never heard an English accent so strange. It doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. I grew up in the West Country, as did he - and I have never heard anything like it. He says "Aunt" for Ant. He says "Urn Bru for Iron Bru". He says "Don" for Dawn. He says Gehrage for Garage. He says MalVERN instead of MALvern, he says Dotsun for Datsun, He says Aaahlice for Alice and the list goes on and on. Americans probably don't realise how weird it is, but believe me, it is weird. Story is great - it reflects my own childhood era perfectly - but I do wish someone else was reading it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (424)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    Melinda says: "A Little Prickly--But Yummy"
    "My New Audible Favourite"
    Overall

    I was gripped by this audio book. Gabrielle has lived a fascinating life and so we are fortunate she can write so beautifully and share her colourful stories so vividly. I am in the camp that was delighted she was the reader. It was interesting how she juxtaposed different events in her life in a non-chronological manner > it kept the surprises coming. Her tone helped round out the words and give an even clearer picture of the woman she is. The book feels, at time, cathartic, and there is no denying that at sometimes I squirmed and other times I wished for nothing more than both she and her husband behave a little differently in the hope they could work things out and have a happy-ever-after-ending. Can you imagine > Hamilton suddenly morphing into romantic fantasy. Hah! Well, no, of course not. I am not sure she ever expected to be liked by her readers, but by the end of the book I wished she was a kick-arse friend of mine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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