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Jane

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  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Don't quit your day job to run a deli"
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    If you could sum up My Korean Deli in three words, what would they be?

    Multicultural literary entertainment


    What other book might you compare My Korean Deli to and why?

    No other book is like it.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Dwayne


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

    Dwayne's death


    Any additional comments?

    Running a deli is harder than it looks. And I loved hearing about George Plimpton. Bronson Pinchot's rendering of the upper class New York accent was priceless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.

    Tad Davis says: "Nixon HAD no defense"
    "The Watergate buff's ultimate indulgence"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if my friend were as immersed in Watergate as I have been.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible level of detail. And, of course, Joe Barrett's narration.


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

    My favorite narrator, and his Nixon is spot on. He was also the narrator for Thomas Mallon's Watergate: A Novel. and did his usual superb job.


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

    Who could listen for 22 hours? No, it is better in smaller chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    To a Watergate aficionado, this book is a diamond mine!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Hunt
    • Narrated By Richard Waterhouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    To the outside observer, Salt Lake City seems to be the squeaky-clean “City of Saints” - its nickname since Mormon pioneers first arrived. Its wide roads, huge Mormon temple topped by a horn-blowing angel, and orderly neighborhoods give it the appearance of the ideal American city. But looks can be deceiving. When beautiful socialite Helen Kent Pfalzgraf turns up dead, Salt Lake County Deputy Art Oveson - a twenty-something husband, dad, and devout Mormon just getting his start - finds himself thrust into the role of detective.

    Barbara says: "Not my usual cup of tea - but maybe it should be"
    "Not everyone is a saint in Salt Lake City"
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    Would you listen to City of Saints again? Why?

    Yes. One of the most enjoyable audiobook's I've heard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Pfaltzgraf. The accent was wonderfully done.


    What about Richard Waterhouse’s performance did you like?

    All the characters get an extra dimension with his reading. Particularly liked Art Oveson, Roscoe, Dr. Pfaltzgraf, and Sheriff Cannon.


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

    Parley Tanner's car going down the embankment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carol Wiley Cassella
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    Carol Wiley Cassella burst onto the literary scene with her debut novel Oxygen, which became a national best-seller and won reams of critical praise. In this engaging follow-up, a Seattle physician has to reevaluate life and career when her husband’s business crashes. Through this tale of love and medical wonder, Cassella uses her 25 years of experience in the medical industry to inform a work of emotional distinction and penetrating insight.

    Jane says: "A victim approach to life"
    "Entertaining and tightly plotted"
    Overall

    This book made me want to stay in the car and keep listening even after arriving home! Characters are fleshed-out and the heroine is admirable despite events that threaten her idealistic yet somehow practical approach to motherhood, medicine, and her marriage. She keeps doing the right thing, most of the time. Narration is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chandler Burr
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

    Roy says: "A Thoughtful Book"
    "Great book, wrong narrator"
    Overall

    Fascinating account of fragrance and the path from concept to the shelf. Hearing about the creation of a Hermes perfume by Jean-Claude Ellena was delightful. However, as mentioned in the previous review, the narrator made frequent errors in French pronunciation glaringly obvious even to one who has only had French in school. These errors distracted greatly from the listening experience--like fingernails on old-fashioned blackboard--and they occured almost every time he narrated anything in French. I finally gave up listening about half way through and got the book to read. Compare to Julia Child's and Marcella Hazan's recent biographies which contains a lot of, respectively, French and Italian, and were both pleasures to hear. I hope when Audible chooses future narrators, it will pay more attention to the narrator's fluency in whatever foreign language the book includes.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • First Overland: From London to Singapore by Land Rover

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Slessor
    • Narrated By Sir David Attenborough, Antony Barrington Brown, Patrick Murphy, and others
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Why not? After all, no one had ever done it before. It would be one of the longest of all overland journeys, from the English Channel to Singapore. Several expeditions had already tried. Some had got as far as the deserts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no one had managed to go on from there, over the jungle-clad mountains of Assam and across northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya.

    James says: "Fascinating"
    "Great adventure!"
    Overall

    I lucked into this story. It is absolutely fascinating. If you like dry British humor you will be in heaven. One of the best audiobooks I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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