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Jennifer

Markham, ON, Canada

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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2517)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1306)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A Powerful Book"
    Overall

    Angela's Ashes is written in the voice of a child growing up in poverty first in America and then in Ireland. Although the writing is very simple, the portrayal of little Frank's thoughts as he struggles to survive is very powerful and moving. I really felt as if I were there, feeling what he felt, but at the same time glad that I am really here living in comfort, and appreciating it more than I ever have. This powerful book is a must-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (290)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Too boring to finish"
    Overall

    The story moves too slowly, and includes much too much detail about what people were wearing. For someone like myself who has never even heard of Prada, it is painfully boring. I pushed myself to listen to the first two hours, but finally realized it was not going to improve. I did, however, love the movie with Merril Streep, which moved at a nice pace.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    Light reading, but very touching and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1452)

    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"
    "Boring, boring ......"
    Overall

    The great majority of this book is no more than a detailed resume of an endless succession of restaurants the author has worked in. The seemingly endless ramblings of his previous employment is something you might expect to hear from a talkative drunk at a bar who everyone is trying to avoid. He might have produced a more readable book if he had worked with an experienced author. The book may have also been easier to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader. I found his monotone, lifeless voice very annoying, and had to fight against it to continue listening to the book. Think twice before wasting your money on this book.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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