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newyorkdoll

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  • Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kate Christensen
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    This memoir derives from Kate's popular foodcentric blog, in which she shares scenes from an unusual upbringing and an unusually happy present-day life, providing an audience for this book that is already primed. That it is written by Kate Christensen means it will be a delicious reading experience in every sense - a compulsively listenable account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows and pleasures, many of the latter of the sensual, appetitive variety.

    glamazon says: "Disappointing and Shallow"
    "Compelling in lots of ways, from start to finish."
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    What made the experience of listening to Blue Plate Special the most enjoyable?

    Kate Christensen has a lot of unique experiences growing up in various parts of the country (under various conditions) and later Europe, with unusual parents and extended family. She has a front row seat for some pretty exceptional experiences: living in France, the Iowa Writer's Workshop and working in NYC in the late nineties while living in pre-gentrified Williamsburg. Her voice is genuine and charming and I couldn't stop thinking about her when I wasn't listening.The only distraction is the narrator's voice, which has an affected, overly-respiratory breathiness that reminded me of an "I can't Believe it's Not Butter" commercial. You can get past it though, easy. Just would have been cooler if she'd read it herself. Reminded me lots of Blood, Bones and Butter.


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  • Thunderstruck & Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elizabeth McCracken
    • Narrated By Erin Yuen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From the author of the beloved novel The Giant's House comes a beautiful new story collection. In "Property", a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish a rental house by removing his landlord's possessions. In "Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey", the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In "The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston", the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman.

    newyorkdoll says: "Stories are ok but the last one is great"
    "Stories are ok but the last one is great"
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    If you could sum up Thunderstruck & Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

    interesting vignettes about sad people/ circumstances


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the detail and richness of the last story.


    What about Erin Yuen’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


    If you could take any character from Thunderstruck & Other Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Dad in the last story


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  • Say Her Name

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Francisco Goldman
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in the summer of 2005. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body-surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura’s death by her family and blaming himself, wanted to die, too.

    Lynne says: "Should have stayed a magazine article"
    "Narrator sounds like he's selling breakfast cereal"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would read it, not listen to it.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Fass’s performance?

    He had a brittle, perfectionist way of speaking that did not capture the character -like an English teacher or speech therapist instead of an actor. The material is very somber and sophisticated and his chipper, clean patter interfered with my being able to enjoy it.


    Did Say Her Name inspire you to do anything?

    read the book if I ever have time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1354)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Had to WORK to stay awake..."
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    Would you try another book from Hilary Mantel and/or Simon Slater?

    There could not possibly be a more boring perspective from which to tell the dynamic happenings of Henry VIII's court than that of Thomas Cromwell. In this telling, Cromwell is just a work-a-day secretary/ attorney to Henry. So it's like hearing about say, JFK's presidency from his executive assisant. It is interesting but I cannot fathom the people who say they LOVE this book. I love this time period so I stayed committed despite putting it down and getting lost innumerable times.


    What three words best describe Simon Slater’s voice?

    He is pretty good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a new perspective on a much told tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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