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Laura

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Fraud

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff's prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. As he finds himself in all the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, this fish out of water winds up satirizing himself more than his subject matter, to hilarious effect.

    Suzn F says: "OMG Laugh Out Loud"
    "Thoughtful, intelligent and captivating."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this funny, poignant collection of observations of lives many little challenges and joys. We miss David and his fabulous talents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1849)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Recommended as comparable to Sedaris, Not So!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Very juvenile and much less sophisticated or intelligent than any of David Sadaris book, as it was compared to. Maybe a latent Valley Girl teen might appreciate it. Sorry

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1466)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "I didn't want it to end!"
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    Performance
    Story

    We love all David Sedaris books, listen this one after Naked and it fills in the wonderful upbringing and life of a wonderfully insightful, odd and funny family producing one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "David Rakoff a bit pissed off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderfully articulate as all his writings, just a few moments that were a bit over the top ranting... I enjoyed Fraud more overall if you were to only get one of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2820)
    Story
    (2826)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Beautiful does not begin to describe this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed each and every moment of this beautiful story. The narration brought the touching, relevant story to life in such a delightful way. I felt a part of the characters and so related to the conversations we all have like this in confusing daily lives. Just beautiful, and I cannot recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1816)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1290)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Fun summer tale of adventure and love."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some good twists in the story, fun to listen to. Where can we find men like the lead characters?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (553)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "You can almost smell the fish!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    More detail on comercial fishing than one might realize they wanted to know, lots of Russian cultural insight... a bit drawn out, but fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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