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Paris Granville

ParisG

Issaquah, WA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Splendid Table, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (57 mins)
    • By Lynne Rossetto Kasper
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Splendid Table is a one-hour culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, The Splendid Table tours new culinary territory, from the vineyards of Provence to the city-street diners of Philadelphia. While doing so, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper uncovers hidden delights, and offers her modern take on getting food to the "splendid table" with cooking tips, recipes, and her own personal advice.

    R. Hill says: "stump the chef!"
    "Good Natured Chef"
    Overall

    In the midwestern tradition Lynn Rossetto Casper, discusses food and cooking with love. I like the road food section as well as the experts she invites. I especially like her sweet attitude.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (298)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Funny Scholarly Work"
    Overall

    Sarah Vowels amusing history of the Puritans and the Native Americans around them, is engaging, scholarly, and, yes.... funny. It takes a good writer to subtly highlight the ironies of 17th Century New England. She liberally cites primary documents from the time period. Her greatest triumph is her ability to make the period come alive and relate it to today's America. The Author does a lovely job reading. Don't forget that she is a voice actress too. (The Incredibles)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Point That Thing at Me: A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kyril Bonfiglioli
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

    Jack Reynolds says: "Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know"
    "Interesting but not pleasurable"
    Overall

    Engaging prose makes the language enjoyable. For me, the story wasn't credible or even pleasurable

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

    Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

    Paris Granville says: "Prose that grabs you"
    "Prose that grabs you"
    Overall

    I've secondary school for 10 years and spent time taling with hundreds of adolescents. The author really captures the voice of real teenagers, never as simple as adults think. The protaganists are complex, authentic, and well-written. The intro to the two young people really grabbed me. The narrative was very compelling.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases, especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley, but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer.

    Ian says: "British Frumpy Detective with witty asides"
    "Charming Series Gets a Refreshing Update"
    Overall

    I've read all of the Agatha series, so that I feel that I've grown into middle age with her. But this mystery introduces many new interesting characters and provides a real reason for Agatha always bumping into dead bodies. Flawless narration. I have to say that the last line of the book had me saying aloud "What?!?" And then after a moment of shock, "When can I read the next book?"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1869)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (855)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Nice Series for youth or adults"
    Overall

    During the longs years of Harry Potter drought, it is nice to come across a series that invokes some of the same magic. Not at all like Harry Potter in plot, it engages from the first few minutes. I admit that I had to relisten to some sections due to the complicated plot, but it was original and unpredictable. It is filled with nuanced characters. The voice performance was transparent, as it should be.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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