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Heather

san Mateo, CA, USA

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  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Funny stuff"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the dry humor of this book and the funny spin the author could put on just about any situation. I laughed out loud quite often, and even more the second time I listened to it about 7 months later. I also found his observations on island life candid and informative. Having traveled a bit myself in 'out of the way places' I understand that the fantasy of "getting away from it all" is just that, and I enjoyed hearing the trials and tribulations of daily life on an island on the equator. Somewhat graphic at times, but that is what made the story so vivid. I highly recommend this book if you like offbeat humor. I enjoy Anthony Bourdain as well. The narrator was very enjoyable to listen to as well.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "This is the What"
    Overall

    An excellent listen with a fabulous story. I was engaged immediately in the tale which was wonderfully and skillfully narrated by Dion Graham. The narration made for a much richer experience of the story than if I had read it. I highly recommend this book and will be listening to it again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4156)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1586)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Great fun"
    Overall

    As expected, David Sedaris entertains and takes you into his world. I was happy to be stuck in a massive 3 hour traffic jam recently on the SF Bay Bridge, as it gave me extra time to enjoy this book- sounds crazy, but true!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    This book was a bit different than what I usually listen to, but after a few minutes of listening to the incredible narration by Will Patton, I couldn't 'put it down'. If I had been reading the book, I probably would have felt it was too violent and bloody for me, but I was mesmerized by the many voices created by the narrator. Will Patton gave an incredible depth to the characters through his reading that I know would not have come out if I had simply read the book on my own. I plan on listening to this audio gem many more times in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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