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Michael

Kenner, LA, United States

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  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "A book for one who likes to cook, eat, or both"
    Overall

    Ms. Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires was deliciously interesting and fun to read. I enjoyed every bite of it. Long before I read her book,I ate in some of the restaurants she reviewed. I found her critiques to be on target. I wish she had written about more restaurants that she reviewed. Her own recipes sounded pretty good, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Susan McInerney, Kathleen McInerney, Eileen Stevens, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married - and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day - she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise....

    Sheila says: "A solid, good book"
    "The Christmas Wedding"
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    It was nice to read a book and not have to worry about someone getting murdered, yet it was still what I would call a mystery. The book was most enjoyable and had a delightful, surprising ending. My only complaint is the same one I have for all audiobooks. I wish women would read women's voices and men would read men's voices. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book. Could the author be the same James Patterson whose scary mystery books I refuse to read? Nah, must be another James Patterson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shepherds Abiding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind". Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene: twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.

    Bob says: "Shepherds Abiding"
    "Shepherds Abiding"
    Overall
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    This book was a sweet Christmas story. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Miss Your Life!: An Uncommon Guide to Living with Freedom, Laughter, and Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charlene Ann Baumbich
    • Narrated By Charlene Ann Baumbich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Don't Miss Your Life! shows you how to slow down, wake up, let go, hold on, and LIVE! Enjoy real-life stories that will fire your imagination, soothe your jangled mood, remind you of your identity, and renew your hope. Discover how to create your own Memory Portfolio (and no, this is not about scrapbooking) as you explore your own special moments, recognize God's hand at work in your life, and emerge with more freedom, grace, and laughter than you can imagine.

    Michael says: "Don't Miss Your Life"
    "Don't Miss Your Life"
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    This book was a looooonnnggg boring sermon. Not that we shouldn't all strive to find as much happiness in life as possible, but this author was just too preachy and she overdid the cheeriness. If the author had a child, grandchild, or any relative or friend who had been raped, tortured, or killed etc., I wonder how cheery she would be. In fact, in the second to last chapter, she mentioned a woman who had been raped by relatives. Strange that the author, while saying that the woman found God, did not say how the woman continued to cope. I finally gave up trying to read this book. I cannot recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Blogging Moms

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Beth Feldman (editor)
    • Narrated By Danielle Dardashti, Nancy Friedman, Abby Pecoriello, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Motherhood is absolutely hilarious if you're not too exhausted to notice! These writings feature funny, blogging moms who chronicle motherhood from a uniquely contemporary perspective. From labor pains to potty disasters, weight gain, holiday mayhem, teen angst, empty nest syndrome, home renovations and even colonoscopy exams, See Mom Run is the perfect prescription for today's harried parents!

    Michael says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
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    I wish I were allowed to give this book a 0 rating. What parent has not had to contend with vomit and diarrhea? What parent has not had disruptive and impudent kids? AND, what parent who has sent a kid to college has not cried? Those problems are just a part of life. They are not funny. In fact, they are not even amusing. This book was the most boring book I have ever read. I am very sorry that I spent my money for it. Did I mention booorrring?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (358)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Outdated"
    Overall
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    It appeared to me that Ms. Kennedy really knew very little about politics or the work her husband was doing. She often had to ask the interviewer what had happened because she did not know. Since she knew so little about what was going on, I felt that the information that she spoke of contributed little to what we should know about those events and that period. It was nice to hear her voice, though. I just found the book boring after about an hour.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

    Vickie says: "The book is wonderful as always, but....."
    "Just let me write the review."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was excellent. The narrator's (Scott Sowers) voice was too young for a 70 year old man and it was very distracting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (134)

    Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.

    Jean says: "A Bit of Ireland"
    "How It All Began"
    Overall
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    From reading all previous books, I had already figured out a good bit of Dr. O'Reilly's former life. Still, it was interesting to learn the details. I enjoyed the book and can hardly wait for the next one. I was hoping this one would be about Barry's new life, but I have a feeling we will have to wait awhile for that one. I suspect that the next book will be about Dr. O'Reilly's life with Diedre (I'm not certain how to spell her name). What ever topic Mr. Taylor chooses will be read by me ASAP. I enjoy his stories and find Mr. Keating's voice to be perfect for the part. I just wish women could read the women's parts. Men trying to replicate women's voices just sounds silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

    R. Jones says: "Good as ever, but...."
    "Erik Singer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Erik Singer had a fine voice for the Irish characters. His voice was too young for Father Tim, who is 70 in this book. It was often hard to tell the characters' voices apart. Why oh why can't audible pay for both men's and women's voices in books? The story was a fun read and, as usual, a bit preachy at times, but I still like the Father Tim stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (306)

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

    Shirley says: "You wish you lived there and knew these people"
    "Why no women's voices?"
    Overall

    I wish audible would have both men's and women's voices reading a book. A man's voice for a woman's part is distracting and unnatural. Otherwise, the book was very good, although a bit preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Buford says: "Quintessential Fannie Flagg."
    "Delightful book"
    Overall

    Even though this book was fairly predictable, I still enjoyed it. It did not have as many character twists and turns as Ms. Flagg's other books, but I still highly recommend it. It was delightful and a nice "feel good" book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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