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afdesserts

"pastry chef"

Princeton, NJ USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tim Anderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

    JOSEPH says: "Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior"
    "Peek into a window on Japan"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I am of Japanese descent but grew up in the US. The story of an English Language teacher in Japan was very illuminating. Seeing the Japanese through a western lens is always fascinating. Even more so, given the author's youth & orientation.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    saying almost anything would be a spoiler.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    few mispronunciations, energetic


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sandra Tsing Loh
    • Narrated By Sandra Tsing Loh
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through "the change". This is not your grandmother’s menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and going through the ups and downs of a career and a relationship.

    Cynthia says: "Amusing in Small Doses"
    "DISAPPOINTING"
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    Would you try another book from Sandra Tsing Loh and/or Sandra Tsing Loh?

    possibly


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sandra Tsing Loh’s performances?

    doubtful


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ms. Loh is occasionally funny but her voice is grating & the repetitiveness of her writing is
    more so. Maybe a visual would have been less irritating. It might be me. I did not expect the in depth on menopause, ad nauseum. Had I known, might not have purchased the book.
    Her penchant for lists is not to my taste. Just not a good fit, I guess. There is no question Ms Loh is talented.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1227)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Never disappoints - every book a gem."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How the Light Gets In to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is excellent & an amazing actor - each character is clearly defined & voiced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists & turns are dazzling, the sense of place is beautifully created. Being familiar with Quebec & Montreal, where the book is set, give me so much pleasure. The characters are lovingly & vividly drawn, enhancing a strong, clever plot. The use of historical references is originally done & well-researched.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many - but when Gamache & his dog Henry are in the elevator with Beauvoir,
    & Henry licks Beauvoir's hand is priceless.


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

    Evil has no statute of limitations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1162)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Beekeeper's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    It was amazingly good. The story was gripping, the plotting was very tight & the performance was seamless


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the idea of Holmes having a young female apprentice who was his equal & fully dimensional.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene where Holmes & Russell are introduced was excellent - it created a wonderful platform for the characters & the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Russell's admission about her past & her guilt.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Russell is a marvelous character; quirky, arrogant & keenly perceptive. She is a window onto who Holmes might have been as an older man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (460)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Alan Bradley and/or Jayne Entwistle?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Bradley before, how does this one compare?

    Felt like this one was a little formulaic.


    Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

    Flavia, of course! Dogger a close second & Mrs. Mullet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2702)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Not terrible!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Semi-fantastic, sci-fi, magical realism, this novel was well-paced & the characters were believable. Enjoyed the silicon valley references & insights, particularly. The plot was
    intriguing & attention-getting, with great care paid to details on every level. Some of
    it was a little too far-fetched & not being a teenage male, the dragon-slayer motifs
    were lost on me. However, it was quite enjoyable & obviously a labor of love.


    What does Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent characterizations & distinct voices made it easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (779)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "Don't be fooled!"
    Overall
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    What would have made Love in the Afternoon better?

    If this was a typical Harlequin Romance, no wonder I have avoided them like the plague all of my life. It was boring, predictable & painful to listen to - I thought there was a mystery involved so I listened to it till the bitter end. Repetitive extremely difficult to endure, I will never get anything by this author or this company again. If I could return it, I would. What a waste of time & money!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alison Packard again?

    Not in this life!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gia St. Claire?

    Maybe but not a Harlequin book or its ilk.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE!


    Any additional comments?

    Already expended more time than I wanted to on this cheap & tawdry novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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