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Coldfriday

The San Francisco Bay Area, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Maybe a good story, but the reader?"
    Overall

    I can't get past the quality of the reader who seems intent on making every young female character a squishy, saccharine ball of 12 year old enthusiasm. The male characters are worse.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • How to Build a Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Louise Brealey
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer - like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës - but without the dying-young bit.

    Marci says: "Get This Book!"
    "The gaspingly delicious Louise Brealey is divine."
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    I must say I was slightly disappointed when I heard that Caitlin (yes: pronounce it CAT-lin) Moran would not be reading her own work here, like she did with her die-hard bestseller "How to be a Woman". Then I turned that f***er ON. Who is that? WHO?! Familiar, innocent but still knowing, growly, can say ridiculous things without breaking? Oh MY Ghawd! It's Louise Brealey! The delightfully winsome Doctor Molly of Sherlock fame! She's brilliant and warm and perfect.
    Ms. Moran, as much as I love her, is a the very definition of polemic. Perhaps whacked out on something sugary, a carton of smokes, and something dodgy that makes her speak and think at the rate of a zillion miles an hour, I often have to lie down in a dark room blissfully high on new thoughts and giggles when I hear her. Then I go back and have to do it all again. Ask me how many times I have listened to my Audible copy of How to be a Woman! At least a dozen.
    This is just as good and Moran has graciously handed over the reigns of her fictional work to a wonderfully chosen performer who delivers marvelously. Well done. I can't wait for the other two-thirds of the trilogy. Write on and godspeed, Ms. Moran.

    Oi! Audible! How about adding Moranthology to the catalog? Why not?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1265)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Painfully Funny"
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    The production and performance of this work is comic genius. The snorty-giggly-oh-co-workers-are-staring genius. This has kicked my from a deep self-pitying funk into perfect delight. I would kiss everyone involved in this recording just for the fact that my heart feels lighter. And I'm starting with you, Kathleen Turner.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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