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dbldeac

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  • The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Ruhlman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Ruhlman propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great cooking.

    Justin says: "Interesting subject, terrible presentation."
    "Wonderful material, terrible narration"
    Overall

    Back when you could actually buy books that were Kindle "text to speech" enabled, I listened to them all the time. "Doesn't the computer voice bother you?" everyone asked. It didn't, not a bit. I say this to offer proof that I have a very high tolerance for a range of narration styles.
    That said, this narrator is driving me crazy. His voice is so monotonous that I have trouble telling where his sentences end and another begins. Look through his other work, you will see that he tends to narrate history books. Enough said.
    I will struggle through this book based solely on my interest in the topic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12883)
    Performance
    (5242)
    Story
    (5284)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Simply exhillerating"
    Overall

    This is the kind of audiobook that will have you carrying your iPod from car to workout to house (getting ready in the morning, cooking, etc.) because you want to listen to it constantly. It's a very long book and a great value, but more importantly, its length allows you get to know the interconnected characters, learn a lot about life in medieval England, and even learn about the building of a great cathedral.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "If you're Southern, you know these characters..."
    Overall

    We Southerners love our eccentric family members, friends, and local characters. Grisham has packed this work with plenty. There is a legal case to get the ball rolling (and it becomes central to the plot again at the end) but in-between is the real meat of the book...the protagonist's relationship with the citizens of his small Mississippi town and observations of both everyday life and unusual events. The narrator does several fine styles of Southern accents. The book keeps you engaged and looking forward to the next time you get in your car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blessings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    Anna Quindlen, best selling author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, returns with this "immensely appealing" novel. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community - these are at the center of this story of love, redemption, and personal change.

    Marilyn M Felix says: "A book club favorite"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I love "longitudional" novels where you get to know characters from the present time and flashbacks from the past. This novel gives a wonderful flavor for what life was like for a very strong woman of privilege who comes of age during World War II. In present time, she finds herself puzzled by single parenthood, casual language and the trappings of modern life...until a tiny baby teaches her again about love. The book is simply fascinating and the characters are rich and believable. I walked around with my iPod around my neck for days...a lovely boook, beautifully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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