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Kevin H. Souza

San Francisco, Calif. | Member Since 2012

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
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    (177)
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    (177)

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    Renee says: "Extraordinary"
    "Sad tale of English Aristocracy"
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    Brideshead is a powerful and sad story of the end of an aristocratic family in England just before World War II. Jeremy Irons is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1427)
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    (658)
    Story
    (657)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Rich Historical Tale at End of Dutch in Japan"
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    Certain to be one of my favorite books of 2013. David Mitchell is a very talented writer to weaves a rich and suspensive tale of the final years of the Dutch East Indies Company trade with Japan. The story centers on Jacob de Zoet, a not so simple clerk.

    Great story and performance by Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1852)
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    (1272)
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    (1272)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Great Companion to A Moveable Feast"
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    I undertook a Hemingway Trilogy that started with A Moveable Feast, then his wife's side of the story from the same period in Paris, and finally The Sun Also Rises, his masterpiece from that period.

    The Paris Wife is a rich and engaging story of Paris in the 1920's. Carrington is a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Catherine says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Surprising and Delightful History of Cookery"
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    I was curious about this book but not expecting to become so engrossed in its culinary history. The story of fire, roasting, knives, spoons, forks, modernist cuisine, and kitchens themselves. All delightful stories that really made me appreciate the craft I practice everyday. Sad thing is that Bee has made me discontent with my American cup measures while sadly so many favorite recipes are not weight friendly. Thanks for an informative and fiery good time Ms. Wilson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (185)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "How the 20th Century Shaped This Remarkable Woman"
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    I have read every biography of Julia Child published and this is THE one. This biography is a history of 20th Century America and how it shaped this remarkable woman. Beginning with the founding of Pasadena, Calif. in the late 19th Century as a backdrop for the family she came from through to her return to California's Santa Barbara coast at the end of her life - with a whole lot of living in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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