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Justin

North Brunswick, NJ, United States

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  • The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Ruhlman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Ruhlman propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great cooking.

    Justin says: "Interesting subject, terrible presentation."
    "Interesting subject, terrible presentation."
    Overall

    The subject mater of the audiobook, a journalist going through culinary school, is very interesting. However the narrator, as most of the other reviewers have pointed out, makes it very difficult for this audiobook to be engaging. I listen to audiobooks as I'm driving long distances to try to keep myself awake, alert, and entertained. I found myself being droned to boredom by the narrator's monotone, seeming lack of interest, and apparent lack of knowledge of the subject matter.

    All the "characters" sounded the same. While many audiobook performers create different "voices" for different characters, this presenter made no effort to differentiate one character from another, which made it very difficult to keep track of who was "talking".

    I was also very surprised at the careless production. Again, as other reviewers pointed out, there were awkward pauses, missed edits, and a silted pace in parts. What were the producers and editors doing the whole time, eating??

    With a better narrator, this could have been a very engaging audiobook.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (881)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Engaging story, excellent production."
    Overall

    The story of teen isolation and awkwardness is one that most of us can relate to and sympathize with. The production with many different narrators embodying their characters wonderfully is engaging and fun. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (559)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Excellent dramatic performances"
    Overall

    If you're looking for an audiobook with a single story that continues and builds to a climax, "Let The Great World Spin" may not be for you. Where this book excels is in the narration. Rather than a single narrator reading many characters throughout the whole book, each chapter is presented from the perspective of a different character and is narrated by a different actor. Some are better than others (Middle-aged prostitute "Tillie" is phenomenal, while 18 year old computer hacker "Ben" isn't very convincing as a young, lovesick geek), but all give the book a unique perspective.

    Rather than a main story that builds as the book goes on, "Let The Great World Spin" attempts to illustrate how, weaved around a single day, a diverse cast of characters touch each others lives, sometimes without even realizing.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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