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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2833)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Love David Sedaris!"
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    What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is typical David Sedaris - which I think is great. I think the short, distinct stories make it easy to start and stop. That being said, I listened to it on a solo car ride, and I felt like the changing themes kept me engaged.


    Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard some of David Sedaris's other performances. This is just as good as the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joan DeJean
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    At the start of the 17th century, Paris was known for a few monuments, but it had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like many European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But within a century, Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we now know. Most people associate the signature characteristics of Paris with the 19th century. Joan DeJean demonstrates that the Parisian model for urban space was in fact invented two centuries earlier, when the first full design for the French capital was implemented.

    Mary says: "The text refers to illustrations"
    "frustrating"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was fairly easy listening, given the topic, but it made regular references to illustrations - to which I didn't have access. I'm going to read the book myself instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Cordingly
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.

    Tom says: "Interesting and Informative"
    "just the facts"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I was happy to find a broad history of pirates. Given how hot pirates are in popular culture, it's nice to have a factual background.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would not want to listen to this all in one sitting. It can get a little dry. I broke it up over a period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a section on punishment that was very gory. My son listed to portions of the book with me, but he could not have listed to this part, and I had a hard time getting through it. I understand its importance, but it was tough to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6056)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2874)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "A Neil Gaiman fan."
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    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    I think Neil Gaiman is brilliant, and this particular story didn't get to "out there" to lose my husband's interest on a long car ridge. And to have Neil Gaiman read his own story is fantastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "meh"
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    What did you love best about Love Life?

    This is a fairly easy listen, with some enjoyable anecdotes. He tells a story about trying to trick his kids that made me laugh out loud.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed his first book (which I read), but this seem to get preachy repeatedly. Also, it seemed like each reference to his work either pointed out how it was well received or reviewed or how it affected popular culture (while I'm a fan of St. Elmo's Fire, I don't think his look was particularly unique or specifically copied by others as he implies).

    I thought the editing was loose as well. There were several places where I felt like he contradicted himself. For example, early on he talks about looks not mattering to him, but later in the book,, he wants to "get real" and admits that looks do matter.


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

    I enjoyed hearing the story in his own voice. I feel like I heard his voice when reading his first book, but actually hearing it added something for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By John Taylor
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single "Planet Earth" right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet. It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling...and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

    Patti says: "A must for any DD fan!"
    "a fun listen"
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    Where does In the Pleasure Groove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed catching up with an old crush. It was an easy listen.


    What about John Taylor’s performance did you like?

    He's got a great voice, and the idea of John Taylor telling me his life story was divine. My fourteen-year-old self would have died.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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