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Redondo Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (630)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "I had to start making sourdough bread."
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    Michael Pollan's passion and interest comes through clearly. He made me become fascinated with sourdough bread and I bought and now care for a sourdough starter (named Fred).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1335)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Excellent performance."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    One of those stories where you understand more about the narrator than they do themselves. Mary Beth Hurt's performance was flawless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1212)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Well done, but I didn't enjoy it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Native American language and the Texas accents.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was excellent written, well crafted, good story but I didn't enjoy it and except for having a book club to discuss it, I wouldn't have finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sonali Deraniyagala
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny....

    CBlox says: "Tragic. Raw. Heart-Ripping!"
    "Unremitting grief."
    Overall
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    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wave?

    Although we all know it logically, Wave reminds us of how quickly life can change.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2754)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Surprisingly interesting."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Rob Lowe's narration was amazing - I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book half as much as listening to it. He does all the voices so well. Zelig like life story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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