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Christina

Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 294 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jacques Pepin
    • Narrated By Michel Chevalier
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.

    Linda Zimmerman says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECIPES???"
    "Yum"
    Overall

    Did you know that Jacques Pepin is largely responsible for a fact that we all take for granted now? That is, that one can expect to eat just about the same quality of food consistently in any of a chain of restaurants. That used to not be true.

    Did you know that Pepin's father was in the french resistance?
    Did you know that he was the soup guy before Seinfeld made soup restaurants famous with the "soup-nazi"?
    Did you know that he proposed a PhD topic investigating the use of food in literature. And was turned down because food wasn't a "serious" enough topic (or so they said then).

    I didn't either, but I do now. And many other interesting bits besides. I have loved Jacques Pepin since his days with Julia Child so I was probably predisposed to find the autobiography interesting. However, even I was pleasantly surprised by this life chronicle. And the narrator is wonderful. He has an unmistakable french accent but his English is very easy to understand and his pronunciation of the various french words (such as names of dishes, for example) adds a lovely flavor to the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5730)
    Performance
    (5343)
    Story
    (5342)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Fun and funny conceit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise of this book is fun - that the characters on a Star Trek-like sci-fi show are real and existing in a parallel universe. Whether you are an avid "Trekkie" or not, surely you noticed in the Star Trek episodes that the color of a character's shirt was a pretty accurate predictor of a his or her fate in an away mission.

    Well, the protagonist of this story notices too, only his "Redshirt" colleagues are actually dying. The novel isn't particularly elegantly tied up at the end, but it doesn't really take away from any enjoyment of the story.

    Wil Wheaton as narrator is beyond excellent. There is a sort of cynical detachment in the timbre of his voice that lends itself beautifully to this story. His delivery makes a few moments really funny which may not even register otherwise. I loved him in this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (98)

    Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays - except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston - and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town - it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.

    3AM Mom says: "Like Holiday Snowflakes"
    "Not bad for what it is"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was looking for a sweet, mindless listen that had something to do with Christmas and a happy ending. This fit the bill nicely. The narration is fine, the story is fine.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34940)
    Performance
    (26008)
    Story
    (26375)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Premise is deceiving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise of this book, that there is a world in which "Tributes" must fight to the death on reality television, really turned me off. However, a trusted friend LOVED it so I thought I would give it a chance. I am so glad that I did.

    Even though the premise as stated above, is absolutely accurate, somehow, the story is so much more than would be implied by that simple statement. Part of that transcendence is the writing of the character Katniss Everdeen. Even though she is certainly flawed, her spirit allows the reader to experience the whole story with Katniss' gentle but firm calmness.

    This is a book to be experienced more than once. Once, just for the story and at least one more time to savor the writing and the characters. The performance on this recorded book is excellent. The narrator, while not as adept at creating completely different voices for each character as some of the other narrators to whom I have listened, still draws the listener into the story to such a degree that I never missed the "voice" element. I can only hope that the movie version of the novel will create as compelling a world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristin Chenoweth
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    In this frank and funny memoir, the Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen shares her journey from small-town Oklahoma to big-time Broadway, vamping on what it takes to stand firmly on a foundation of family and faith while wearing a hot pair of Jimmy Choo platform sling-backs.

    Holly says: "Salt of the Earth + Sparkles"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Kristin Chenoweth and was really excited to hear in her own words about her experiences on Broadway and in movies and television. She is not an engaging narrator. That was a major surprise. And her memoir comes across as surprisingly boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (446)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Juliet Stevenson is a genius"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ordinarily, I would begin a review with an evaluation of the actual book rather than the narrator but in this case, Stevenson was SUCH a standout that I had to begin with her. To say that she inhabits each character fully is to sell her performance short. I remember Stevenson from the movie version of Emma in which she plays Mrs. Elton so wonderfully snarky and politely arrogant. But this narration shows her talents to a greater degree. Not only does each character have a different sounding voice, but one can practically hear their thoughts as Stevenson brings them to life.

    What is so perfect about this amazing performance is that it makes a somewhat challenging novel much easier to manage. There are so many characters and so many story lines that Eliot brings together so beautifully (eventually) that a reader can easily lose track. Several of the characters are not easy to like, a few are like-able at first and then become less so, some are not like-able at first and grow on you. It is a lot to keep up with. But the story is well worth the investment. Eliot is wise and funny. Her take on the relationships between men and women is insightful. Well-deserving of its status as one of the greatest books ever written.

    I gave the story only 4 stars because there isn't much that actually "happens." It is not an exciting story. The story is really in the every day happenings of the characters. That is where the true genius lies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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