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P. Richie

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  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (237)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "From Thesis to Sustainable Farming"
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    Would you listen to The Dirty Life again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because Kristin's story telling is entertaining and her honest descriptions of the challenges of small time sustainable farming with a specific goal in mind are true to life and delightful to anyone who has what I'll call "old world" experiences of seeing chicken from yard to table and the like. The back breaking work she encounters gives new depth of character to my own CSA farmer who is as lovely and transparent in operations as she describes of her own CSA.


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

    I would have loved to listen to the book all at once, however the "busy-ness" of these days afford little of that kind of time.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jonathan Odell
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer.

    Dream says: "I am a HEALER too"
    "Fascinating story of the making of a healer"
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    The characters have depth and great humanity with all their vices within the world of one southern plantation. Loved how it unfolded, I was easily able to weave my own senses of history into the story and the pictures that were painted. The narrator did a beautiful job of portraying what the author wrote into his characters. The pleasant gift at the end from Mr. Odell himself was superb! Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (856)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
    "A story told with such authenticity of character!"
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    What a richly told story by Richard Morais and elegantly narrated by Neil Shah. Great development of character, location and emotion that leant a bit of reality to the story. So much so that I felt this had to have been based in a true story. I have read some recent auto-biographys that can't hold a candle in comparison to the richly laden authenticity and warmth in the writing here. Thank you! It felt like I was watching a movie! The pictures you painted in my head were sublime. Thank you Richard Morais and Neil Shah!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frank Calabrese, Jr., Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman, and others
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also "made" members of another close-knit family: the outfit.

    P. Richie says: "Riveting Listen!"
    "Riveting Listen!"
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    What did you love best about Operation Family Secrets?

    I love the fact that Frank Jr. opens his heart and mind in this book. I was able to equate his thought processes to those I see with people who are "chronically abused". He shows his humanity most when he repeatedly holds out the hope that the man he loves as father will change his ways. Even when I was saying to myself "No way in hell is he going to change." after the fourth time Frank Jr. expressed the hope that ...maybe this time... It just doesn't happen when an abuser does not equate themselves with being abusive. Frank Sr. abused in every facet of his life and the lives of his family members.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that he consistently shows his humanity as he repeatedly holds out the hope that the man he loves as father will change his ways. Even when I was saying to myself "No way in hell is he going to change." after the fourth time Frank Jr. expressed the hope that ...maybe this time... It just doesn't happen when an abuser does not equate themselves with being abusive. Frank Sr. abused whatever he possibly could in every facet of his life and the lives of his family members.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was no favorite scene, the entire book had me in suspense! Listening to this book was like experiencing the aftermath of a natural disaster. Stunning surprise after stunning surprise, except instead of being an act of nature, this is with the behaviors of a man with no conscience who does his best to work people like puppets.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that Frank Jr. was able to weigh his choices, recognize and do what needed to be done to ensure the safety of himself and his family... and probably a whole lot more even generations of people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18452)
    Performance
    (14262)
    Story
    (14203)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Good story however disjointed"
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    Was Bossypants worth the listening time?

    Of course Bossypants was worth the listening time and I do not regret spending the money for the book. I like autobiography's that are narrated by the author. It is written as if she is speaking to you at a social gathering with a bunch of asides. I know "asides" are a way that comics use to add interest and it works in some cases. In this narrative it was just a bit over done so that it made the story feel disjointed. However, it did give a little more insight into how she processes and I suppose that was the intention in the end. In hearing her life story (so far) you see that Tina has presented herself transparently in her body of work. Definitely not to say "see through" like you see right through her but more like she allows you to see into her core that is vulnerable and shows a great deal of strength at the same time. Outside she may be "bossypants",. inside she is boss of herself. Sometimes bosses are good sometimes they are bad but what she communicates here is that a "good" boss always learns - from good or bad. Kudos Tina!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2411)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Wonderful story, wonderful narration!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Red Pyramid the most enjoyable?

    The narrators gave the characters depth and interest. Loved Bast. The story was a bit of a surprise for me. I had never heard of the Kane Chronicles, my background lies more in "old school" sci/fi fantasy like Burroughs and I suppose this brands me as "old" too...not the young teen reader the series is geared towards. This first story is epic and interesting, full of mystery, history and magic. I look forward to reading more in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7553)
    Performance
    (4077)
    Story
    (4111)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "It's a mystery? I would call it not my cuppa joe"
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    What disappointed you about Dead Until Dark?

    I am not much of a t.v.watcher so I had no idea this was the basis of a Vampire series that's been on HBO for quite sometime. I read the book description and hoped it would be similar to the Nightside series by Simon R. Greene. I was disappointed that it turned into more of a Laurell K. Hamilton (whose books mutated from slight romance into full out soft porn) type of thing. I wanted a mystery, i didn't get much of it at all and this will keep me from buying any of the other books in the series.


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

    I listened to the entire book because of Johanna Parker's interpretation for the most part. Besides the fact that I spent money on it and wanted to give the whole book a chance. I would not have done this had it been a hardbound or paperback.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2755)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "An Ordinary guy in Extraordinary circumstances"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I like that the author chose to narrate his own book being that it is an autobiography. This leant it a more personal feeling aspect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rob Lowe is one of those actors that *could* have gone the route of Charlie Sheen or Robert Downey Jr. It is refreshing to hear the story told in his own words about how he found himself on the same type of road...that he knows them, or knew them once upon a time and how he, throughout his life has made it to so many critical decision making points, some seemingly "lucky" but ALL made to come about by his own very self aware decisions. Maybe not at some of the times those decisions were made but given time, sometimes years, he is very aware of his personal motivations in the past, what led to his present and you can pretty much guess the kind of person he will choose to be in his future. His story is believeable, even to a non-fan who does not know his limelight history overall but has generally liked him as an actor, because he divulges the great larks, the good times, the bad and some ugly times and he tells it in a manner that lets us know that his life is full of all the stuff of life. His may be on a different scale, that of someone in the public scrutiny, but his background stories can certainly compare with my own life stories.


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

    I did want to keep listening, my partner and I often found ourselves sitting in the car a few extra minutes after driving somewhere just to get to the end of a compelling part of the narration. Our day to day life keeps us from listening to any book all in one shot, but back in days of leisure this would have been one of those books I would have stayed up all night reading just to get to the end of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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