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USA | Member Since 2004

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 589 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Medieval World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong

    Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

    Dr. Cosens-Hellstrom says: "Excellent introduction to Medieval History!"
    "Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Medieval World to be better than the print version?

    Its a University course, so no print version - and the audio version is awesome.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Medieval World?

    Many great moments, especially the various debunkings of myths everybody holds about the middle ages. I loved the chapter on the Plague, and how its consequences are explained both in a socio-cultural way and an economic way.

    What about Professor Dorsey Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    Clear, compelling, energetic. If I could go back to school, I'd love to learn from her.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its a bit long for one sitting, but I've listened to it for hours in a row.

    Any additional comments?

    If you like Prof. Drout's courses from the Modern Scholar, you will love this course.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon Ramsay: On Top of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neil Simpson
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best known as the host of Fox's Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay is one of the most driven, successful, and irate chefs around. He has thrown Hollywood actresses out of his restaurants and is notorious for his anger, but his food has been served to numerous heads of state, and he is one of only three chefs in England whose restaurant is rated at three Michelin stars. Sometimes hilarious and frequently heartbreaking, this is Gordon Ramsay’s full life, from tenements and poverty to top-notch restaurants and fame.

    Rocco says: "Like Ramsay? Read this Book. As simple as that."
    "Like Ramsay? Read this Book. As simple as that."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an extremely compelling, entertaining and inspiring story. It will show how many years of hard work go into "turning into a overnight sensation." It will, however, make you want to swear a lot more (and possibly adopt a British accent).

    What other book might you compare Gordon Ramsay to and why?

    Goes well together with Bastianich's "Restaurant Man." Get a chef's POV from one end, get the wine-guru/businessman flair on the other.

    Which character – as performed by Richard Aspel – was your favorite?

    Gordon (Obviously). He is pretty much the only one.

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

    Gordon has had to cope with many failures and difficult moments. I was honestly moved by how he appears to have taken each one on, as painful as it must have been to go through each one of them.

    Any additional comments?

    I coughed juice from my nose when Gordon refers to how much "Yanks" use their lawyers as their moms... "They go crying to them".Also, reader discretion is advised. Apart from a lot of F bombs (and some more "Harry Potterish" insults in use in the UK) Ramsay constantly wants to use kitchenware and food to deliver impromptu "sideways" colonoscopies to people who anger him in the kitchen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restaurant Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Bastianich
    • Narrated By Joe Bastianich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How does a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into a nationwide empire? In his intrepid, irreverent, and terrifically entertaining memoir, Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his remarkable culinary journey from his parents’ neighborhood eatery to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs, along with his superstar chef partners: his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

    Jessica says: "Really good book, OK narration."
    "Fun, vitriolic - an authentic Italian."
    What did you love best about Restaurant Man?

    Two things: the fact that Joe narrates and how he goes through the restaurant business model in just two pages with a very simple "this is how it has to be".

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well... Joe, even if I found the narcoleptic chef quite endearing.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    His epic trip to Rome. As a Roman, I can vouch for his description as being absolutely authentic. Loved it.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me miss my family in Italy.

    Any additional comments?

    Joe does a great job describing his Italian influences. Most of the times, when I consume american entertainment about Italy I end up cringing through the whole experience. Movies never seem to get words and accents right, and books make idiotic assumptions. Joe instead nails it in describing Italy with a total "no BS" attitude. I can only criticize very few of his enounciations (e.g. "Testaccio" is pronounced "Testach-cheo" not "Testakkyo") - but other than that, he's 5 stars authentic :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Another masterpiece from AAA Fantasy Author"
    What did you love best about Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson manages to create worlds and complex story lines in (only) one book, where most authors need 3 books or more to even get things started. You might discount the fact that Elantris is a story contained within one only book, but very few are the authors that can "setup" and then "tie down" a lot of complex details and story lines with Sanderson's elegance. His ability to "cut out the fluff" while still creating wonderful fantasy worlds is unmatched.
    Read Elantris if you want to be immersed in a great plot, with wonderful characters and well though out magical philosophy. Read Elantris if you want the end of the book to be the end of the story...and not have to wait years for the latter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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