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Adam Reeve

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  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3693)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1595)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Dude, we don't care!"
    Overall

    For the first time, I was led a bit astray by Audible's wonderful "AudibleEssentials" list, which I have enjoyed using as a roadmap for most of my audiobook purchases.

    I'm still not sure if it was the autobiography genre in general that put me off here or if it was simply the tone and writing of this particular book. But in either case, I found it very difficult to enjoy.

    Remember when that new person showed up at your school, workplace, or social club, and it took that person *months* to realize that *nobody* really wanted to hear about all the wild things he did and how cool and crazy all his friends/coworkers were at the school/club/office he just left?

    That's exactly how I felt during most of this book. Sure, a couple of the chapters were genuinely interesting, and I did find myself laughing out loud once or twice, but, in general, the analogy that kept popping into my head was that listening to this book was like sitting on an airplane trapped next to some arrogant guy who wouldn't stop rattling on about all the wild and cool stuff he'd seen in his travels...

    I am of the opinion that the audiobook format lends itself particularly well to works of fiction that are written in the first-person point of view. But I now suspect that the exact opposite may be true for biographies, and I may have enjoyed this more in print.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not -stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

    Howard says: "Really interesting world but seriously messed up"
    "Narrator knocks another one out of the park"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Nick Podehl's narration in The Kingkiller series, and this book proves it is no fluke. His energy, emotion, distinctive voices, and even more distinctive accents really make this more of a Performance than just a narration.

    The book itself is entertaining and well-written, both thought-provoking and heart-tugging enough at times to generate enough interest for me to continue the series. And if there was ever any doubt, the narration performance clinches it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1919)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "too apt a title!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, and was amazed at how little I knew about the Revolutionary War. By about 2/3 of the way through, however, I found myself really wishing this book was entitled 1775-1783 instead! I understand that the focus and point of the book was just the war campaign over a single important year, but now I wish it had covered the whole war!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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