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Caroline

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  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jacques Pepin
    • Narrated By Michel Chevalier
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.

    Linda Zimmerman says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECIPES???"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I adored this book from start to finish. I have listened to Anthony Bourdain (loved him) and Ruth Reichl (loved her). Jacques was very good in talking about his early and extraordinary French culinary training as a boy continuing on into his adulthood.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (426)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "What a bummer!"
    Overall

    What a shame! As other reviewers have stated, I wish I never would have gone past the triliogy. This story is boring, confusing and way too many characters to keep track of. In fact,I didn't care what happened to anyone, as long as it was over. Don't waste your money like I did.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "Not All That Good"
    Overall

    I have listened to 50 or so audio books that I just loved, and this one was just kinda OK. It was a more of a disaster of a life and the unfortunate total run down and corruption of eastern block countries. In my opinion, this is a story that probably 1,000's of every day people have in that corrupt and damaged part of the world who are trying to make ends meet when the government can't finds it's head with two hands.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

    Barbara says: "Good but not great..."
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall

    I am as great fan of Kellerman, and I am not sure if the writing was dull or if it was the narrator. I was very disturbed when the male narrator would speak as a female....just didn't work for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Reade says: "One of the worst"
    "Great Book Woof Woof"
    Overall

    I truly loved this book. I laughed and I cried, a warm, funny and insightful book. My only problem was the author reading the book. His voice is not pleasing to listen to. In fact, I was distracted by his voice throughout the entire read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Drayton says: "This Book Delivers"
    "This book ROCKED!"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this great piece of California and world geological history. Extremely well researched, well presented and researched. If you have every been through a California earthquake like I have (Loma Prieta, 1989) and watched your chimney come down, and 2 feet of water shoot out of your pool, your refrigerator bounce to the center of your kitchen, and all of your good california wine come crashing to the floor then this book will be a great listen!!!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "Incredible listen, ought to be a movie!"
    Overall

    What more can I say, that the other reviewers haven't already said. There must be some movie producer who has bought the option to this wonderful story! It was excellent... I cried, I laughed and I even sent a copy to my mother-in-law! Need I say more?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Palace Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated By Terry Wale
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    India 1922. When a tiger, turned man-eater, starts terrorizing the northern villages of Ranipur, Governor Sir George Jardine dispatches Joe Sandilands, war hero and Scotland Yard detective, to join in a hunt for the beast as the guest of the maharajah. But Joe's suspicions are soon roused about the true nature of his trip.

    Caroline says: "Captivating and colorful"
    "Captivating and colorful"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was very descriptive and described in great detail the exotic beauty and inner mechanizations of turn of the century India. Very entertaining with several great twists and plot turns. I also really like the narrator, he is a very good "stuffy" Brit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As acclaimed psychological researcher and author David Buss writes, "People are mesmerized by murder. It commands our attention like no other human phenomenon, and those touched by its ugly tendrils never forget." Though we may like to believe that murderers are pathological misfits and hardened criminals, the vast majority of murders are committed by people who, until the day they kill, would seem to be perfectly normal.

    Ellen says: "Stays with me"
    "Reminds me of a 80's filmstrip"
    Overall

    What a wonderful and fascinating topic. Too bad it is as dry as a 1950's middle school filmstrip. I felt like the reader was just way out of his league with the topic, and approached the read as a thesis report. Please don't waste your time or money. Read/listen to Ann Rule instead!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tender at the Bone

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Ruth Reichl
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Michelle says: "Wonderful"
    "Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Overall

    Yep, this one was great as well. What a wonderful, funny and sometimes sad life. Ruth Reichl is a wonderful cook and writer. I want more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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