For anyone who has listeded to Celia Rivenbark narrate any of her other books, you will be SORELY disappointed with the narration of this book, which is not narrated by Celia. Rather, the publishers seem to have found an 80-year old emphazemic with no comedic timing to narrrate this book. It's hard to believe that this 80-year old sounding woman, who is supposed to be speaking in Celia's voice, is the mother of a three year old daughter or knows anything about popular culture. Because the narrator has no comedic timing or a sense of sarcasm, much of the humor in the book lays flat. If I had not read this book in hard copy when it was originally published and this was my first exposure to one of Celia's books, I would never purchase another. In addition to the 80+ year old emphazemic voice, it's hard to get over that you can actually hear that the narrator either has a bad case of dry mouth and/ or she is inhaling and exhaling her cigarettes. You hear those sticky mouth sounds like people get when they don't have enough saliva in their mouth. If I could have given the performance 0 stars, I would have. Shame on the publishers and audio director for ruining an otherwise good book. If you are looking to purchase this book, I would highly recommend getting it in paperback and reading it yourself rather than listen to this low-rent production of the book.
Oh, I am a fan of all things Dorthea Benton Frank writes. I love her stories set in and around Charleston - which makes it even more fun because her characters are involved in actual spots I visit, eat in, etc. I liked that this story was told by the perspective of four different people in the same family. Liked the mystery involved to. A good read. I also LOVE Robin Miles as a narrator. She does the characters well.
If you are a fan of MKA's Southern-based light reading novels, you will enjoy this one. Just a nice little fluff read great for a vacation or while you are cleaning the house. However, I really do not like Kathleen McInerney as a narrator. I hae mentioned this in my reviews before - there is just something so breathy about her voice that gets on my nerves after a while.
If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's other books, you will enjoy this one. I love her off-beat/ quirky characters and storylines. Great light listen.
I loved this book - I could not stop listening to it. Then, while I was at work all I could think about was the story and hoping the work day would pass quickly so that I could begin listenting to again. I loved the storylines, how they intertwined and the intrigue/ mystery involved. I would recommend.
Why do I read Ruth Reichl's books when I know I cannot stand her pretentious, condescending stories. Mildly interesting. However, we get it, Ruth - you like to talk about yourself as you think very highly of yourself and don't mind letting others know how smart and clever you are.
Nice little who dunnit. Great summer read or just when you don't want to tax your brain.
It is hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing David Sedaris's work as I am a huge fan. As always, entertaining, especially in a Winter holiday context. I also love that David always narrates his books which makes them especially enjoyable.
If you are easily offended by swear words and raunchy, explicit sex talk, this book is not for you. Maybe I am a little too old to be reading this (mid-forties). I just thought it would be funnier than it was. Did not find it laugh out loud funny. I found her stories to be more pathetic than anything.
Really cannot even comment on the storyline because the performance/ narration was so bad that I couldn't get past the first chapter. I hate these breathy, baby-voiced narrators.
Okay, the only reason that I gave this overall story four stars instead of five is because he abridged this audio version of the book, which I wish he hadn't. The abridgement of this book did not make me dislike the story - it just left me wishing for more. Had Adam not mentioned several times that he was leaving stories out and that we should get the hard copy for additional stories, I would have never known anything was missing. However, Adam does have two surprise guests join him in the studio which almost make up for the shortened reading of this book. Another reason that I gave the story a four rather than a five is because it seems that a good portion of the book is rehashing of the stories from "In Fifty Years....." just with more detail. Don't get me wrong, I gave "In Fifty Years...." five stars and loved it. I just wish there were additionally funny and juicy stories in this one without so much repeat. However, if you are an Adam Carolla fan or you just like to listen to someone with a really smart sense of humor, I truly recommend this book; I hated that it ended after 8 hours - wanted the story to keep going!
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