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HRD

Kansas City | Member Since 2013

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  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (453)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Funniest delivery imaginable"
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    Would you listen to Holidays on Ice again? Why?

    Yes. It never fails to make me laugh.


    What other book might you compare Holidays on Ice to and why?

    Naked.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    David Sedaris.


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

    Laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate the letter story. It is cruel and insufferable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21027)
    Performance
    (18857)
    Story
    (18924)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "First two parts: great story. Last part: crap."
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Gilliam Flynn's writing is spot on.

    The performances were sooooo annoying. Kirby Heyborne's voice is completely un-Nick-like. And both readers have the super annoying habit of trying to mimic the opposite gender's voice - totally irritating and dumb.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and The Fabulous Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is disappointing. The plot twists seemed absurd and everything was over-explained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By John Perry
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (390)

    John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Great read for a time-management nerd like me."
    "Bored me"
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    Would you try another book from John Perry and/or Brian Holsopple?

    No.


    What could John Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read a better book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The pace was just not for me.


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

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the observations made no sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Excellently read by author and riveting"
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    Where does Coming Clean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best-read memoirs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Clean?

    The failure of her mother's surgery.


    What does Kimberly Rae Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice.


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

    Her introduction.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish more memoirs on audible were read by the authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat: Secrets of Science in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (262)

    Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

    Jerker says: "Funny and interesting, but badly edited"
    "I wanted to like this book, but it grew annoying"
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    What disappointed you about What Einstein Kept Under His Hat?

    The snide remarks about people the author assumed were stupid.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow.


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

    Fine.


    Any additional comments?

    I really took issue with the constant jabs at folks the author deemed unintelligent or uneducated, and often he made statements that are outdated to untrue about the health benefits of certain foods.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (814)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Wonderful book and wonderful narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to The White Tiger the most enjoyable?

    The language is precise and poetic and the narrator is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of The Invisible Man and Crime and Punishment. The narrator is at once sympathetic and absolutely psychotic. The slow unraveling of the tale is set at a perfect pace and the reader did it full justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leah Vincent
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving.

    Marci says: "In the end I didn't like her"
    "The narration nearly ruined this book"
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    Would you try another book from Leah Vincent and/or Emily Durante?

    I would read another Leah Vincent book. I found her prose engaging and smooth. I would never listen to an Emily Durante narration. While her voice is pleasant, she turned this book into a farce.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story, and found it hard to stop listening at times. I have a Jewish background, and am familiar enough with the Haredi community to know that it is true-to-life. Vincent's determination and struggle were inspiring, and her pain was made palpable.

    However, the voice narrating was all wrong. The fake accents and fake male voices made even deadly serious scenes seems cartoonish. Her rendering of the author's timidity in a breathy, whiny voice made the author seem annoying and unlikeable. Just terrible and should be re-recorded in Vincent's own voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Failure: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

    Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

    HRD says: "I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense"
    "I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense"
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    What made the experience of listening to Little Failure the most enjoyable?

    My personal identification with the author.


    What other book might you compare Little Failure to and why?

    Davis Sedaris works.


    What about Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance did you like?

    It was good, but would have preferred the author's own voice. JTR sounded distinctly un-Jewish and un-New Yorker


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    this is a dumb question


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    FanB14 says: "Pure Poetry"
    "Heart-wrenching an beautiful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish the most enjoyable?

    David Rakoff's delivery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving stories and rhyme scheme.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding scene.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful book. Sad, made sadder by the knowledge that Rakoff died shortly after this recording.

    The only criticism I have is that it felt unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (315)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Quick and light bio of Shakespeare"
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    If you could sum up Shakespeare in three words, what would they be?

    Light, educational, well-read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson is a good reader. The book itself is more light a connection of Shakespeare trivia than a scholarly book, but it is entertaining enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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