The Waiter was an interesting listen when you're hearing the stories of annoying customers, awful management, and kooky coworkers. The narrator of this book does a good job bringing personality to "the waiter" and also paints a convincing narrative of the customers he encounters. Where the book loses a few stars is the overly stylized dialogue that you'll hear when you're listening to the water recount conversations with his co-worker Beth - it sounds more like a Dawson's Creek script then how real friends would converse. I also could have skipped the waiter's psychoanalysis of customers and co-workers - he seems to think his background in psychology allows him to analyze the behaviors of others. But overall it's a good listen - it is fast paced, funny and leaves you with tips and stories you'll remember and consider the next time you're eating out!
I can't say enough good things about Paul Giamatti's narration of this excellent book. It was a great book to listen to - especially because of the narrator. Great story, great characters - highly recommend it!
With Black Friday coming, I wanted to understand why it is that people go so crazy about buying things. This was an interesting book that deals with the mind of the buyer, and I found it to be an entertaining and informative read. I recommend it if you're interested in psychology, as it had a lot to do with the reasoning of the consumer mind. It was a very interesting listen, and I recommend it
I spent most of my later teens and early 20s working in various retail stores, and reading this book took me back to those days. This book is an interesting examination of the mind of the buyer, and how things are put together on the corporate side to appeal to the buyer. If you're interested in merchandising I would recommend it. The narration is very good, and the material is presented well. It can get a overly detailed, but as a whole the book in a very interesting and educational read.
I found this book to be a fun listen because of Bella's developing relationship with Jacob. While I'm more of a fan of Edward's, I did like the more lighthearted and less obsessive side of Bella that comes to light in this book. It was a great set-up for the finale of the series, and showed Bella maturing and becoming more sure of herself, and what she wants. I was happy to hear the same narrator as the previous Twilight books, as her voice is a great addition to the story. I recommend it, and it's a pretty essential listen if you're moving through the series.
While I did enjoy listening to this book because of the excellent narration, I found this to be the weakest of the books in the Twilight series. Maybe it's because Edward is my favorite character and he's not around much, or maybe it's because Bella seems to be very weak in this book, but I had a hard time connecting with this book. I listened because I want to move onto Eclipse, so I wanted to be up-to-date with the plot, but I feel like not a whole lot was added to the plot in this book. I enjoyed Twilight a lot more.
Twilight is a blockbuster of a book, and one that has spawned a movie that has hardcore fans lining up down the street to see it. I came into the series long after all the hype, and I was curious to find out what all the fuss was about. I have to admit that from a feminist perspective, this book bothers me, as it's central focus is the obsessive love of a regular girl for a rather unusual guy. But as a completely guilty pleasure, I'll admit that I loved it. Edward is a mysterious character that I wanted to learn more about, and I looked forward to him revealing his secrets to Bella. While the dialogue can be cringe inducing at times, the story moves along well and paints portraits of the many interesting members of the Cullen family. It inspired a sense of nostalgia in me, remembering being in high school and falling in love for the first time. I loved the narration as well, her voice was perfect for Bella and did a great job drawing me into the story. I recommend it as a listen, for a guilty pleasure, or an analysis of a female lead character, it's entertaining on both fronts.
I'm a huge fan of Lahiri's work - her writing is always emotional, and Unaccustomed Earth is no exception. The characters in this book are wonderful - I really enjoyed getting to know them, and I found myself looking forward to my drives so I could spend more time with them. The narration is spot on, and this books lends itself to audio well due to the emotions that run through the stories. Stellar writing, a book you can really lose yourself in.
Three Junes is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. My paper copy of it is worn form being reread, and I was excited to experience it in audio form. I'm so happy I did - the narration was perfect, and added such a great new depth to Glass' writing. Mal is my favorite character in the book, and I found myself anxiously listening for him to show up often extending my listening past my commute to take in more of the story. It's a wonderful listen, and a life-changing book - I can't recommend it enough!
I heard about this book on a feminist website I frequent and I was interested in listening to it, especially since I heard that the author worked at a few fashion magazines. She paints a sad portrait of those who work in that environment - many women seeming to posses little to none self-esteem and an unhealthy obsession with dieting. Frankel herself was addicted to dieting, and she attributes it to both her overachieving personality, and her experiences with her mother. I found it interesting to listen to her experiences, but I was disappointed in the way she reconciled them. It seems that a comfort to her is to not focus on needing to be thin, but to point out that she's successful and leads a better life then some people who used to pick on her. It didn't turn out to be the positive message that I was hoping it would be, and I found myself disappointed with it by the books end. However, it is refreshing to see a perspective of leaving behind thin obsessions for a more sensible, whole life.
The 33 1/3 series is known for deconstructing classic albums, and being a huge Nirvana fan I was excited to see a volume released on In Utero. The book tells the story of the recording of the album, and highlights the behind the scenes info that you may not have known about. I especially love this book in the audio format because having it on my Zune was so convenient because when it was over I was easily able to go listen to the album. I wanted to go listen to the album! The narrator tells the stories well, my only sticking point is that he can sometimes go over the top with the voices of the various producers he speaks about. Also, for this particular volume, I would recommend that you're familiar with the box set "With the Lights Out" as it is referenced numerous times. (If you don't have it, you might think of this book as a great ad for it!) As a Nirvana fan I recommend this book, and as a music fan, I'm looking forward to check out the other 33 1/3 volumes Audible offers.
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