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Heidi

Annapolis, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1107)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "if you like anthony bourdain!"
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    What did you love best about Medium Raw?

    I love how Tony is as hard on himself as he is on others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Tony's stories about his experiences in various restaurants, weather as a chef or as a patron.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Vicky Myron, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Susan McInearny
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (34)

    Dewey is the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of 19 years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself again.

    Mary says: "Great read!!"
    "great cat story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dewey to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I think i would have enjoyed the print edition too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dewey?

    I loved the way Dewey interacted with the library patrons.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does have a sad ending. The ending though does not ruin the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Netherland

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph O'Neill
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Alone and un-tethered, feeling lost in the country he had come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like figure who is part idealist and part operator, introduces Hans to an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

    Darwin8u says: "Get Your Post-Colonial Gatsby ON!"
    "boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I never finished this book. It was boring. Maybe if you enjoy cricket you will enjoy the story. sometimes a good narrator will entice me to finish the book but not this time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (555)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Aesop's fables gone wrong"
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    What made the experience of listening to Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk the most enjoyable?

    I loved the different readers and how they personified the animals. Some of theses stories were very clever, others left me a bit cold.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18720)
    Performance
    (14513)
    Story
    (14454)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    I think hearing Tina read her own book was perfect!


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tine brings her own voice to the story. She adds little asides to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Fox: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Helen Oyeyemi
    • Narrated By Carol Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It's not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently....

    Heidi says: "Good Listen"
    "Good Listen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narrator was excellent and made this book enjoyable. I doubt if I had read the book that I would have finished it.


    What was most disappointing about Helen Oyeyemi’s story?

    I found the plot to be non-existant. It was more a collection of short stories. I wish it had been marketed that way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated By Lina Patel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global best seller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the world. And his stunning new novel is his best yet.

    Joe says: "Fascinating Life of A Woman Trafficker"
    "Not my favorite"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    maybe. the writing was excellent but the subject would not be appealing to many of my friends.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I had trouble distinguishing between the journalist and the queen of the south. the narrator needed to change her voice more as the book went back and forth between the two characters. i would think i was listening to one person and suddenly realize that the perspective had changed and that the story was being told by the other character. I had to do some rewinding.
    Near the end of the book i discovered the journalist was a man! all along i thought it was a women. I either missed this at the beginning of the book or it was very ambiguous. I don't know if this confusion was because of the narrator or the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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