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Gary

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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1004)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "touching and funny"
    Overall

    I have always loved Steve Martin's work and now I understand how his distinct sense of humor developed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6019)
    Performance
    (2822)
    Story
    (2838)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    The story is great, but the narration was the best. Sometimes authors don't make the best narrators - Ray Bradbury - but Neil Gaiman is amazing. His voice is perfect and his character voices are all distinct and perfectly matched to the text and situations. It is more like an old time radio show than a reading. If this "writing thing" doesn't work out, he should consider acting. Another great story well read by the one person who knows it the best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Great book, terrible narration"
    Overall

    The book itself deserves 5 stars. Michael Maloney, the narrator, I'd give 1. He has this very distracting way of fading quickly at the end of sentences making you think you are getting a call. If you listen on an iPhone you know how audio fades right before the ring begins. Even without thinking you are receiving a call, his fadding, breathy voice is very annoying. The story is wonderful, touching and sad - but I would not buy another audio book with Michael Maloney as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nigel Slater
    • Narrated By Nigel Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Toast is Nigel Slater's truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as he takes listeners on a tour of the contents of his family's pantry (rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits), we are transported.

    S says: "Nigel Slater is fabulous!"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    When someone really loves you, they make you toast. Toast is Nigel Slater's favorite food and a great metaphor for anything warm, comforting and memorable - like this book. It's a great biography and introduction to good food. follow it up with Eating for England.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nigel Slater
    • Narrated By Nigel Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The British have a relationship with their food that is unlike that of any other country. Once something that was never discussed in polite company, it is now something with which the nation is obsessed. But are we at last developing a food culture or are we just going through the motions? Eating for England is an entertaining, detailed, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of the British and their food, their cooking, their eating, and how they behave in restaurants.

    Laura says: "A Must-Hear!"
    "Delicious"
    Overall

    Not as enjoyable as his previous book Toast - but just because Toast told a story - this is just collection of food essays. They are well written and entertainig - will make you want to run out to an import food store and try a few new items - as I did. Start with Toast though. Toast will help you understand how Nigel came to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Let Kay die - really"
    Overall

    I think Kay has had her run. I used to love these books - now it seems like she's not even trying. I thought she researched the Kay novels. When her character's last trip to the Vatican was to embalm a pope - I almost yelled out loud - "Popes are not embalmed!" I am tired of hearing details about the travertine tile she laid in a herringbone pattern one warm summer day. These ridiculous details are even more pretentious when read aloud. Don't even ask about the reader. Her voices do not fit the characters making this a painful listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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