This is not a book, but a recording of Jim Gaffigan preforming some of his best bits. Hid act is laid back, like he is, but go with it. Once he has you in going at his pace you won't be able to stop laughing. He hits all of the (sort of) high points of his life like Eating and Sleeping.
I remember reading this comedic fantasy series way back when. It's even funnier in the audio version. The reader is amazing with accents and voices. I can't believe it was one person doing them all!
The series continues, this time in New York where Mas's daughter is now living with her husband and infant son. He and his daughter Mari have always had a rocky relationship and had not spoken for several years. The day after Mas arrives in New York, Mari's husband's boss is murdered and she becomes a suspect. Meanwhile, his friend Tug is also visiting his daughter in New York who quit medical school to become an artist. The book tries to deal with this divide between fathers and children, the older generation and the next. However, since the book is told from Mas's point of view, I was left somewhat in the dark regarding his daughter's actions and thinking throughout the book. I hope we find out more about her side of the story in later books.
Down and out Japanese American gardener Mas Arai becomes a reluctant detective when the grandson of an old friend from Japan asks for help in tracking down his grand-uncle who disappeared after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. But now, a man living in Los Angeles has come forward claiming to be the missing man. But, Mas has secrets going back to the War that he does not want revealed as well and those secrets are coming back to bite.
The author has written several nonfiction books about Japanese Americans in California. Her deep knowledge and insight suffused this mystery with authenticity. This is the first book of a series which I hope to read more of.
I originally read this back in the 80s (in real time) during the Cold War. I found it to be a fascinating glimpse of a people snd society who were closed off to us. The main character of Porfiry Rostnikov is a policeman who is very good at his job and very devoted to his Jewish wife. He struggles with the politics of not only his job, but with the arcane requirements for getting his plumbing fixed by the building's management. He manages to do both with zen-like patience and a sense of humor about the absurdity of life. The book was as good today as I remembered.
The reader was also very good. He was clear, easy to understand, and dramatic but not overly so. Please note that this was re-recorded by the current publisher and are not the original books on tape. Although, I loved the original reader (the always excellent Mark Hammer), I appreciate the clear, noise free digital production.
For me the book was about the power of friendship and how it can rescue us from hopeless places. The story was exciting and moving when it focused on the relationship between the three main characters and their struggle to find self worth when their parents threw them away. What I did not enjoy was the ridiculous setting. Every time the story went in to explanations about the setting, I lost interest. It was hard to get through the beginning chapters, but I ended up liking the book more than I expected due to the bond between the friends.
An effective thriller told from the viewpoint of an amnesia victim. I had read stories with amnesia victims before, but they were usually told from 3rd person or other characters' viewpoint, with the mystery hinging on whether the amnesia was real. In this story the main character is an amnesiac who forgets everything while she sleeps. She keeps having to rediscover herself everday. The reader in effect becomes her memory putting together the clues she keeps forgetting. I saw the movie version which stayed close to the book, but I renjoyed the book more.
I enjoy all of the NPR driveway moments collections, but I was particularly moved by this collection. It was touching and funny and reminded me of my own memories of my father.
This was a fun short listen about the spooky goings on at an English seaside town. Don't worry if you can't handle scary stuff, be case the spooks are strictly the Scooby-Doo kind. The reader did an excellent job with the various voices. The music added a lot to the mood. However, the reader does use a very strong, thick regional British accent which took some getting used to. I recommend listening to a sample before buying.
This short story was true to the tone of the original while introducing several unexpected (and macabre) surprises with the biggest surprise revealed at the end. Loved it! it made me want to go back and listen to the original stories again!
This story is part of a collection of stories commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the tv series. There is one new short story for each of the Doctors. I was excited that two of my favorite authors Eoin Colfer and Derek Landry contributed to the series and they did not disappoint. Eoin Colfer wrote an adventure for the first Doctor that of course captured the feel of the original show but also added several twists of his own. The Doctor's interactions with the other characters are filled with Colfer's trademark humor, but he serves up some particularly satisfying plot twists at the end.
For fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, there's also a moment when the Doctor says something that made me believe that the Doctor may have visited Artemis' universe in the past. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment that made me happy the app has a "replay" button since I had to listen again to make sure (grin.)
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