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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2614)
    Story
    (2598)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Delightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's one of David Sedaris' best books. It reminds me of his earlier work, like Me Talk Pretty One Day. Funny, touching and well presented.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    The Dog Poems are hilarious, and the first story is a lovely combination of his fine humor and his love for a twist in the story line.


    Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and it's up there with his best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "Fascinating Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Will Out the most enjoyable?

    The story of the author's (sometimes self-serving) friendship with a psychopath and killer is truly fascinating. It's well paced and keeps the listener's interest.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The psychopathy of the book's subject, and the self-reflective relationship of the author to the subject.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edward Slingerland
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity - an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand - and why it is so essential to our well-being. Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

    Elisabeth says: "Description misleading"
    "Pseudo-scientific drivel"
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    What disappointed you about Trying Not to Try?

    The premise of "being in the zone" (interesting enough) is diluted with endless Taoist stories. I gave it an hour, and when there was no science to be found, I moved on. A real disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Slingerland again?

    Not likely.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The concept is simple - the author simply padded it out ad nauseam.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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