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gmrob

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27624)
    Performance
    (14214)
    Story
    (14267)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall

    The story was excellent and the narration was top notch. I did not want the book to end. Sad to believe that life was ever that way for black people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits.

    Ann says: "Bad narrator"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    I found this audiobook to be quite enjoyable. The author is very clever in her writing. It was not "rolling on the floor laughing" funny but It was very witty. I also felt the narrator did a good job with the delivery. I will probably listen to it again in the future!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (658)

    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....

    Michael says: "Very enjoyable listen!"
    "Another Excellent Book"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to 2 previous audiobooks by this author and found them to be very good. This book was as good or maybe even better than the other two books. Michael Pollan did a great job narrating it and I feel like it added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. I will likely listen to it again before long!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "I didn't love it"
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    I felt that the writing was ok but the narration was quite painful. However, that was not what caused me to find this book less than stellar.

    My impression of the author was that he is a bit self centered and I found that to be a real detraction of this story. I certainly did not find any great inspiration from it. For the most part, he seemed to be concerned about his wants and did not concern himself with what others in his life needed. He fathered a child which he ignored until she was 14 years old. Although he financially supported her (only because his mother insisted that he do so), he initially expected the mother of his child to abort the pregnancy.

    This is a book I almost didn't make it through because I expected an uplifting story and feel what I got is the story of one who lacks a strong moral compass

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1983)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "WOW! Drew me in right from the start!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    I am certain that I will listen to this again. I found it facinating and liked the narration quite a bit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The struggle these men went through was incredible. At times I felt like I was right there with them feeling their physical & mental sufferings. It was also enlightening to learn about some of the foibles of Shackelton himself.


    Any additional comments?

    My fear with books of this nature is that often they are written and read like a classroom history book. However, that was not the case here. It also did not have the feeling of a fictionalized version of their journey. The story was very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (307)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Lackluster"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Could not make it through this one. It was simply dull and unable to hold my interest

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Great Book about an Amazing Woman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was such an enjoyable book to listen to. It did not feel like the author sugar-coated the story of Julia Child's life. I had read & heard how she had gotten started cooking and knew a small bit about the writing of the first "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" But I did not know much about her life after that. I feel that I got to know Paul as well. And to discover how she just kept going and going was amazing. She put her heart and soul into her cooking and then her writing. Julia was quite a character with a good sense of humor.


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

    I feel the narrator did a very good job telling Julia's story. I was able to picture in my mind what the author intended.


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

    At 25+ hours, I would not have wanted to listen to all in one sitting. Also, I wanted to savor it over several days!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1167)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Really??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Sh-t My Dad Says?

    Perhaps, given the title, I should have expected the language to be crude but I was not prepared for how crude the book was. I gave up after about half an hour of listening and finding nothing particularly amusing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (636)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had high expectations for this book and it fell short - VERY short. This audiobook was boring.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (686)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Another "favorite" book for me"
    Overall

    I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable and did not want to see it end. Although other reviewers seemed disappointed with the ending, I liked the ending because it left the door open for a sequel ( I hope). And even if a sequel never comes to be, I still liked the ending because it was neither syrupy sweet nor awful and depressing. I know I will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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