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Mary

Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1032)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "If you like that kind of thing....."
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Medium Raw?

    Gratuitious expletive laden rants about mostly nothing of import. Name dropping of epic proportions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony Bourdain again?

    No


    What aspect of Anthony Bourdain’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing - it was appropriate to the text.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance at having my time and money wasted.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like a collection of everything edited out of the previous book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1173)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Persimmon Tree the most enjoyable?

    The narration was incredible, the story compelling, combining to make a memorable experience.


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

    Bower brings the characters to life.


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

    The relationship between the Japanese commander and the heroine was emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "Beautifully crafted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Butterfly's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fifth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Butterfly's Shadow?

    Dignity of the heroine (I don't want to spoil the story for others)


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

    Excellent characterization


    Who was the most memorable character of Butterfly's Shadow and why?

    Chocho


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (600)

    Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from The Collectors is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle. Yet all their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips off the veneer of Stone's own mysterious past.

    A User says: "Stone Cold"
    "Fast moving conclusion to the trilogy"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stone Cold to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Stone Cold to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    All the characters were well performed


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not experience the first two books you would be lost!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Franchise Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

    Isia says: "Beautifully written, engaging story"
    "Josephine Tey is always enjoyable"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Franchise Affair to be better than the print version?

    Both excellent for different situations


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Franchise Affair?

    The moment when the evidence finally all came together.


    Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

    All equally good


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

    The last scene on the plane.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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