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Atalie

LOS ANGELES, CA, US

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2498)
    Story
    (2497)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "If you need to get away- bring this book."
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    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    I would listen to this audio book again because I inhaled it and didn't have the opportunity to savor it's finer points and language.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    The book is constructed like "Dear Mr. Henshaw," in letters back and forth between characters, which is surprisingly effective.

    The ultra-modern story and characters reminded me of a mix of Fay Weldon and Zoe Heller : a social commentary on marriage, men behaving badly , mental illness, yuppy politics and travel.


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

    A solid performance from Kathleen Wilhoite. She fully embodies each character, male and female, young and old.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could not pause this audiobook. I devoured it on a cross country flight. It's thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and just the right amount of schadenfreude.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3263)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Let's explore some new material"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My time was well spent listening to this audio book because it provided a great soundtrack to my daily commute, which would otherwise be spent avoiding eye contact with pan-handlers and crazies.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Sedaris? Why or why not?

    Yes. His work is usually quite funny and relevant. And the material is not so engrossing that you'd get hit by bus while listening.


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

    I loved "Me Talk Pretty One Day." It was laugh out loud funny. Unfortunately, I found this book a regurgitation of material I've heard before. It's not his best work, nor is it his worst. If you are unfamiliar with Sedaris' work, I'd suggest listening to this, otherwise it's old hat.


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

    No. This would not translate to screen. These are merely sketches and not fleshed out stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (833)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "A+ narration, C- story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I don't understand the hype surrounding this book. It failed to live up to my expectations, namely it's not interesting. Mostly, I didn't think Adiga's use of telling the reader the story from the protagonist's POV - conversation between him and the Prime Minister- was successful. Instead it just caused the story to drag on.


    What was most disappointing about Aravind Adiga’s story?

    I found it dull. Which is odd considering that it is set in India and he goes into great length to describe the colorful landscape and people. I


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

    I haven't listened to John Lee's other performances; however, his narration was excellent and the only thing that kept me from deleting the audio book.


    Do you think The White Tiger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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