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Linda Zimmerman

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Los Angeles, CA USA

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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
    (296)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    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???"
    "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECIPES???"
    Overall

    A lovely food memoir, well written and well read, but really not an unabridged reading. Whoever decided to omit the recipes at the end of each chapter and their description about how they pertain to the story was a fool and is truely cheating the listener of the whole book. This book will definitely make you hanker for a taste of classical French cooking. Anyone who reads about food is surely to be interested in the recipes. I would not have know about the recipes if I didn't own the book.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (380)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Yes, Chef, Yes, Chef, Yes, Chef!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes to this story and Yes to Marcus Samuelsson, who tells his fascinating story. His journey starts as an Ethiopian orphan adopted by Swedish parents. He learned to cook at his grandmother's side as a little boy, eventually going to cooking school, traveling and cooking around the world and finally ending up in New York where his talent was allowed to shine. There he became the youngest chef to be awarded 3 stars by the The New York Times.

    Although this book is another American dream story, it is also the story of Marcus Samuelsson's love affair with food. As with the wonderful bio, "Blood, Bones & Butter," this is an engrossing book that combines all the elements of great story telling, (once again, truth is stranger than fiction) as well as making you hungry along the way. I only wish Audible would have included a set of downloadable photos to go along with the story that are in the paper book. This is a book every food lover should read or listen to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1328)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Even Better Heard than Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Frank McCourt reading his Angela's Ashes is what an audio book is all about. In this case, the audio is even better than the paper version. From his narration, to dialogue, to his singing of childhood ditties, this is a mesermizing and captivating performance, as well as a terrific book. The movie was ok, the book was good, but this audio is GREAT! Probably one of the best one's I've ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6373)
    Performance
    (5665)
    Story
    (5661)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "More Hype than Worth the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened, got confused, listened more. The book was ok, but not as great as described. I love Jim Dale, and even he didn't mesmerize me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Andrew Friedman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The Bocuse d'Or is the real-life Top Chef, a biannual cooking competition in France featuring teams from 24 countries vying for the top honors. Named after Paul Bocuse, one of the greatest, most influential living chefs, the Bocuse d'Or has become the most sophisticated and closely watched cook-off in the world. Ironically, though American cuisine now rates among the best in the world, a U.S. team has never placed among the top three in the competition.

    Linda Zimmerman says: "Fascinating for Foodies"
    "Fascinating for Foodies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're a foodie, you'll be fascinated by the chef competition,. the Bocuse D'Or ...and centered around the American Team, a chef from Thomas Keller's The French Laundry. The story bogs down in parts, but the food descriptions and attention to all details revolving around the competition are worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17859)
    Performance
    (15879)
    Story
    (15836)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Hooked from the Beginning"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Like The Stand a non-stop page turner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intermeshing of today and late '50's early 60's details in impeccable.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He consistently stays in character and does creditable JFK and even Jackie Kennedy characterizations. Sometimes though I swore I heard him chanelling Burt Lancaster in the voice of Chaz and Jimmy Stewart. Maybe that's how he visualized them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Too bad it couldn't be


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Axiously Awaiting the Sequel"
    Overall

    Some books are even better listened to than just read. In this case, Brendan Fraser does a wonderful job of reading. Interesting pacing when he's reading narration and how he slips into each character. Makes you appreciate the reader's talent as well as the writer's words. I bought the book for my library after listening to the recorded version.

    Which brings me to my next thought. As with some other books, (Philip Pullman's for example), Funke has included interesting quotes preceeding each chapter in the written version that emphasizes the content of what's to come in that chapter. It's a shame, that even in an unabridged reading, the producers of the audio choose to omit the quotes. I believe in hearing everything the author writes in an unabridged version.

    Regardless, this is a terrific book. I found myself listening in the car in my driveway to see what would happen next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "HISTORY THE WAY IT SHOULD BE TAUGHT"
    Overall

    If there would have been audio books (or just written books) of this caliber around when I was in school, I think studying history would have been so much more easier to learn and far more interesting. The details of everyday living intertwined with the events in John Adams life brought this whole time period into a new perspective for me.

    One of the best audio books I've heard. Even at this length, my attention never wavered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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