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Sarah Martin

Ithaca, NY United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eddie Huang
    • Narrated By Eddie Huang
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

    Riley says: "Coming to America 2.0"
    "ill."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Audible requires fifteen words to post this. These are they. Read this book. For real.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Feel horrible about this, but really not the best. Was so excited to listen, but rather crestfallen by result. Am a Bridget loyalist, so am powering through. But am still a bit disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The Wilderness Years are over. But not for long. At the end of Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn't done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.

    Sarah Martin says: "To Die For"
    "To Die For"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sucked me right in and couldn't pull away from my ears. Charming narrative and wonderful performance. Best of the bunch. Recommend without hesitation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (890)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was really hoping to enjoy this, but just couldn't get into it. Love research in this niche and typically burn through them, feeling as though I've come away better educated about human behavior, decision-making, and situational influences. This book jumped all over the place, was a little self-aggrandizing, and quickly became a chore to get through. Costs outweighed benefits, and I called it a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2189)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't remember the last time a book gave me goose bumps. Hauntingly beautiful, mournfuly splendid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1852)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jenny Lawson is completely nuts in a totally wonderful and admittedly relatable way. She charms the reader with her own voice - perfect for her zany and rip-roaring narrative. Truly, this book may be better in the audio, as it is a delight to hear her tell her story(ies). And, as she notes, the audio is slightly more expensive than the hard/paperback, so let's give her a boost people. Have a listen. You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Not her best, but still pretty good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Weiner and/or Olivia Thirlby?

    Absolutely. I love Jennifer Weiner


    What could Jennifer Weiner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not her finest story, but still a great summer read.


    What three words best describe Olivia Thirlby’s performance?

    Easy enough to listen to


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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