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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    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"
    "I cannot get enough of David Sedaris"
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls the most enjoyable?

    We are able to count on having multiple episodes of side-splitting laughter when David Sedaris reads his own work . Neither my husband nor I have laughed uncontrollably for quite some time. I was afraid the neighbors might become annoyed with us. Mr. Sedaris writes well, and he is also a gifted narrator.

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

    Having listened to David Sedaris since he read excerpts from his book, "Holidays on Ice" on NPR, I do not enjoy reading his work as much as I enjoy listening to him narrate. I still purchase all of his books anyway, in case he requires additional periodontal, orthodontics, or oral surgery.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually prefer to listen to his books punctuated with sufficient time to recover from diaphragmatic fatigue.

    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. I hope that he still does book tours, and will make an appearance in Northern California soon.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Project Eden Thriller, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    The hammer has fallen. The deadly Sage Flu has been unleashed. The scramble for survival is in full force.

    Martina Gable and her family escaped to a secluded mountain cabin in hopes of avoiding the death sweeping the desert valley below. But have they gone far enough? Dominic Ray, manager of a tropical, private island resort, has a dream job. The weather, the food, the drinks, the people - life couldn't be better. What he didn’t expect - what no one could have expected - was that his good life was about to disappear.

    kanina james says: "I love this narrater so much!"
    "Ashes to Ashes"

    Expectations were met. Some of the dialogue was repetitive and slow-paced. This installment was of sufficient interest that I will consider listening to earlier episodes if reader reviews are supportive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Fox
    • Narrated By Ryan Kennard Burke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

    Trevor Gregg says: "Gripping story, great performance"
    "Unfinished cliffhanger ending"

    Better than average until the book ended abruptly unfinished to entice purchase of another book that will also likely end unfinished. Rather dishonest way to sell a book that the buyer would anticipate to be a completed work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Exceptional writing and memorable characters"
    If you could sum up The Potato Factory in three words, what would they be?

    Full of surprises.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isaac Simon, and his panoply of narcissistic, antisocial and paranoid character traits. Although they were modified at a glacial pace, he evolved over the course of decades, into an individual who was able to love, mourn, and lose more than a scintilla of his self-defeating character pathology. His intelligence permitted him to gain partial insight into the role that he played in the creation and influence of the vicissitudes of his life and of some of those he encountered during the course of his lifetime.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Isaac Simon's search for "Sperm Whale Sally".

    Who was the most memorable character of The Potato Factory and why?

    Mary "Abacus", whose kindness and evolving willingness to forgive and to persevere in spite of severe, recurrent acts of cruelty, to which she was repeatedly exposed. She was willing to do almost anything in order to survive and assist those she loved.

    Any additional comments?

    I am planning to acquire the second book in this series, and then the third and final book in the series,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    fred says: "Loved this book"
    "Pithy book reviews illuminate life of dying mom..."
    If you could sum up The End of Your Life Book Club in three words, what would they be?

    Bibliotherapy, living, dying

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Your Life Book Club?

    For the most part, the book was positive and and did not idealize or malign anyone or anything. It demonstrated that life is for the living.

    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

    The son, who devoted his time and love during his mother's experience with pancreatic cancer. The mother's voice was not pleasant, and I considered it the weakest link.

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

    Not so much a moment, but the series of events and books that framed the process of dying from pancreatic cancer. The epilogue is memorable, and moving.

    Any additional comments?

    The mutual reading and sharing of books as therapy for an incredibly accomplished and tireless mother and son pair. The major source of tension, which was by no means major, was the son's tolerance and pseudo-acceptance of his mother's reliance on Christianity as a crutch at the end. Fortunately, neither character was provincial and the book club related conversations (and great list of books to read or listen to anytime) were often captivating. The use of humor elevated the quality and enjoyment of this work. No easy task within the context of death and dying from one of the most malignant and difficult to treat types of cancer. It was fortunate that her course was relatively indolent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Money

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil

    Most of the big money belongs to Torquil Paterson Frisby, the dyspeptic American millionaire--but that doesn't stop him wanting more out of it. His niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, is engaged to "Biscuit", Lord Biskerton, who doesn't have very much of the stuff and so he has to escape to Valley Fields to hide from his creditors. Meanwhile, his old school friend Berry Conway, who is working for Frisby, himself falls for Ann--just as Biscuit falls for her friend Kitchie Valentine. Life in the world of Wodehouse can sometimes become a little complicated.

    John says: "Another Dry Martini. Another Perfect Souffle."
    "Wonderful, unless laughing aloud is unacceptable"
    What made the experience of listening to Big Money the most enjoyable?

    British storytelling at its best, with a big dose of humor. A must read for anyone who believes, or once did believe, that dubious schemes to get rich without much effort will succeed. I plan to listen to it again soon.

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

    Superb, one of the finest I have heard.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    Where is that mine?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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