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John

Winsted, CT, USA

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  • Heat

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bill Buford
    • Narrated By Bill Buford
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From one of our most interesting literary figures, former editor of Granta, former fiction editor at The New Yorker, acclaimed author of Among the Thugs, a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook.

    John says: "Poor reader"
    "Poor reader"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this listen as have enjoyed similar books (making of a chef and bourdan's books) but immediately had difficulty understanding the author. He really should have had someone else read the story. His voice is very clipped and I am sure I missed quite a lot. I am going to buy the hard copy because I did like the subject. So my rating is because of the reader, not the book itself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Fun Fun Fun"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect but this is one of the most enjoyable listens I have heard. This is probably better than reading even if I had the time. Laugh out loud. Buy it now. Don't wait. I can't wait to get back into my car to listen again.
    jp

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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