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Rachel

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (592)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "a periscope into a world that will humble you"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Behind the Beautiful Forevers?

    This story is real, or very close to real. Descriptions of the lives of people in Annawadi were written in great, believable detail. In one way, the story makes you acknowledge just how much you have and how fortunate you are. In another way, it makes you feel inferior, of the amount of awareness and perseverance that the people in Annawadi have despite corruption, greed, and the weight of the caste system. This is a must read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1501)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "A slightly outdated must-read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kitchen Confidential the most enjoyable?

    I loved that Anthony Bourdain narrated it himself - it wouldn't have been enjoyable otherwise. His performance was excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony Bourdain? Why or why not?

    Definitely.


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

    His tone, his sarcasm, his non-regional specific diction.


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

    Privilege, Rebellion, Redemption, Mastery, Reflection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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