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Anchorage, AK, USA

  • 8 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 473 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Sedaris is the gay Mark Twain."

    He finds what is funny and what is sad about life right now. He reads the book himself and his delivery doubles the experience as compared to the printed version.

    He's got the strangest life and family and I recognize a little of my own life and feelings in his stories.

    The best thing I can say about this book is that I laughed until I ruptured something.
    If you haven't discovered David Sedaris yet, do yourself a favor and get this book and every other book of his you can get your hands on.

    91 of 97 people found this review helpful
  • WLT: A Radio Romance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor

    In the spring of 1926, the Soderbjerg brothers, Ray and Roy, plunge into radio by founding Station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) in order to rescue their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next 25 years, the "Friendly Neighbor" station produces a dazzling array of shows and stars: Dad Benson, Wingo Beals, Slim Graves and his Blue Movers, chain-smoking child star Little Becky, and household-tips maven Lucille Larson (who repeatedly broadcasts in her underwear).

    Steve says: "Funny!"

    Not one of the Lake Woebegone books, this book is irreverently funny and different than anything he has done before; his masterpiece, in my opinin.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "Mark Skousen is a genius!"

    This book is about more than money. Mr. Skousen makes sense of how the world works and brings it to you in an entertaining way that makes you not want to put the book down.
    I see that he has written quite a few other books and that makes me wonder what else I'm missing.
    I wish more of his books were available on Audible.

    30 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Thick and British."

    Hisotically interesting. I'd been to Pompeii and found the way the author brings the dead city alive to be rewarding.
    Unfortunately the story just wasn't thrilling to me. The romance could be a bit more compelling (it's as if the author has never made love to an actual woman, though he has no problem describing the more fringe sexual pass-times of ancient Roman culture) and the web of the plot a bit more intriguing.
    Also, the scientific-historical end of it was so thick and slow that you could stand a spoon in it.
    If I didn't already have an interest in the city before I picked up the book I might not have ever finished it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By John Ritter, Introduction by Dave Barry

    Steve says: "Don't miss this one."
    "Don't miss this one."

    This is the funniest thing I have ever read. Buy this book. I listened to it at work on headphones and will doubtless lose my job after the way I carried on today. But, you know what? It was worth it!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    His body hung suspended between two friends, his soul between two worlds...In the wake of a suspicious accident, Jake Woods is swept up in a complex - and dangerous - murder investigation.

    Also from Alcorn: Dominion.

    "I want my money back!"

    This book should have a warning label. Audible should place this book under religious fiction. I got it hoping for a journalism thriller and instead got a wacko, zealous morality tale that I found offensive. Even if you like that sort of thing the writing was inferior.
    I don't know how they got Frank Muller to read this thing, he's the best; well known for reading most of the Stephen King and John Grisham stuff, but even Muller couldn't make anything out of this pig.
    Audible will probably give me my money back. They're always good about that sort of thing, but I feel the most cheated because I listened to all six hours of this thing, most of the time with my mouth agape, some of the time pounding my head against the stearing wheel. I was trapped listening on a long car trip and I almost took up sniffing gasoline as an antidote to this chucklehead's prose. Mellow-dramatic tripe. The worst thing I've ever read including backs of sugar packets and bathroom walls.
    I would like there to be a rating I could give that is lower than one star. I'd like to be able to give a book NO stars.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Shopgirl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
    Mirabelle, the "shopgirl" behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus, is slightly lost, off-kilter, and shy. But there's something about Mirabelle. Steve Martin reads this charming novella. Hear an interview with the author and browse more Martin.

    Julie Rosenthal says: "Loved it"
    "A beutiful story that is masterfuly told."

    Wow! Steve Martin is a polished literary novelist. Who knew? The story is delightfully excruciating and impossible to put down. A modern day love story that has something to teach all of us about ourselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    Steve says: "Russo is a genious."
    "Russo is a genious."

    Russo captures what it is to be human through his look at the denizens of this quirky small town. The book is funny and sad and made me want to move into this town and go drink coffee with these people.

    It sounds cliche but seriously: You'll laugh, you'll cry and it will become part of you.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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