Virginia | Member Since 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Life, on the Line. It is a wonderful story of Grant's determination to become a chef and own a first-class restaurant--on his own terms. His ideas regarding food presentations were unique and sounded simply amazing. The narrator of this book was also excellent--it was an all-around win for me! I wish Grant Achatz well, and hope to hear more from him in the future--
I just finished Steven King's Joyland, and truly loved it! I am really a King newbie, having read only a few of his books previously, but with this one, I see what a great writer he is. Everything about this novel--the language, descriptions, nuances, etc.are perfect for the 1973 small-town setting (yes, I am old enough to remember 1973 very well!).
I loved the story from the opening "pages"--very real-world, very 1970s innocence, very different from anything I have read in a long time! I was totally transported to the "carny" world of Joyland for 7+ hours, and will feel pretty empty as I leave it behind. Also, the narrator was excellent--what a perfect match for this story!
I have not heard of this author before—it was the narrator who caught my attention when the book was released (Kevin T. Collins has narrated two of my favorite books in the past year or so).
I did enjoy this novel—it was pretty standard issue for a legal mystery, but then it took an interesting turn that I was not expecting! That made it unique, and kept the earphones in until I finished the book!! I see this author has another book available from Audible—I will definitely add it to my library as well.
The narrator was excellent—as I thought he would be. This book was read/performed very well, but not in an overly dramatic way—just right!
I hate to bring up anything negative on such a wonderful novel, but it was a minor detraction for me (and I wanted to explain my less-than-five-star rating for the Story). It seemed, as the novel was moving along, to be several individual stories—sometimes tied to the initial characters by the thinnest of threads. In the end, however, it did mesh together better than I thought it would.
Despite the above, I really did love this book—it is a beautifully written novel without some of the very hard subjects that were found in Khaled Hosseini’s previous books. And I cried—a sure sign that I was totally engrossed and loving it! I would not hesitate to read anything he chooses to write.
The narration in this book was an adjustment for me—fairly strong accents on two of the three narrators (Mr. Hosseini narrates a few sections, but he is very easy to understand). But shortly into the novel, I no longer considered it awkward, and I felt it added to the realism of the story as it unfolded.
I hope to meet this author at the National Book Festival this year—I thoroughly enjoyed all three of his books, and would love to tell him so!!
Mermaids was a nice little novel—not my favorite of my recent listens, but definitely credit-worthy. It is short and sweet, and full of a lot of funny, laugh-out-loud moments! Plus I thought the narrator was perfect for this particular story, and she did a great job. It was an entertaining way to spend a few hours—
I loved this book, but it is not for everyone. It is a beautifully written novel, but is not really story-driven. The story is there, but it is not the story that kept me interested. I adored the wonderful, descriptive narrative--it's the kind you like to lose yourself in.
This is a book best listened to free of distractions. I had trouble staying with all the detail while I was driving. I did much better when I listened while I was walking laps in the gym. The narrator did a wonderful job, and it was just a very pleasant and enjoyable eleven hours spent in another time and place.
With 8,000+ reviews out there, do we really need another? I'll keep it short and sweet--
I had no desire to read this book, but was going to see Walter Isaacson at the Book Festival last year, so I broke down and listened to it. I loved it!! It is very well written for a big-fat biography. And Dylan Baker did an excellent job narrating.
I didn't admire Steve Jobs as a person, but certainly admired what he accomplished. And I found the whole story of the beginning of Apple, and the computer industry in general, fascinating. If you're on the fence about this one, go for it--I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
I do enjoy celebrity memoirs, but I usually start them with lower expectations. And I am often pleasantly surprised. This book was one of those surprises!
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy is not an autobiography of his life so far--the sub-title describes this story perfectly. That may be why I enjoyed it so much--I'm not a fan of gossipy, tell-all books. But this story is beautifully written and narrated by Andrew.
I was truly surprised to learn that Andrew traveled extensively and has been writing travel articles for major newspapers and magazines, and is or was an editor of National Geographic Traveler. His love of travel shines through in this book, and I'm glad I invested a credit and my time, and listened to his story.
I know John Grisham is well known for his legal thrillers, but I seem to enjoy his non-legal novels just as much, if not more!
I purchased Playing for Pizza after enjoying Calico Joe very much last year. And I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as well. No mystery, no suspense--just a nicely plotted little novel about a side of a sport we never see on TV--the human side. The narrator was excellent as well.
I would totally recommend almost any John Grisham novel, but I hope people will pick up and enjoy some of his off-genre books as well--
I thoroughly enjoyed this little book--the story was simple, but very well written. And the narration was excellent. It's a short one, but well worth the listen!
After listening to this novel, I decided Eduardo Ballerini could read the telephone book (do they even publish them anymore??) and make it sound wonderful. I subsequently bought several other books simply based on the fact that they are read by him!!
But the story is wonderful as well--it kind of strayed off in a direction I wasn't too crazy about, but certainly understood why in the whole scheme of the story. Other than my feelings about that, the story was beautifully written, the plot moved right along, and it all wrapped up neat and tidy at the end. It was a more-than-thoroughly-enjoyable way to spend my time!
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