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  • My Life in France

  • By: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a pleasure!

  • By Sara on 07-03-08

My Mouth is Watering

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I found this book to be very charming and sweet. I grew up watching The French Chef on PBS so I could hear Julia’s voice throughout this whole book. I wish I had the kind of gumption that she had, to learn to cook such awesome dishes, although I have to admit some of them sounded horrible. I’m not a true vegetarian, but I eat very little meat, so hearing her talk about smothering the ducks so the blood stays inside, and then eating the ducks with the coagulated blood still in its veins made me more than a little queasy. But other recipes sounded so fabulous that my mouth watered more than just a little.

I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I loved it.

Narrator Kimberly Farr truly caught the spirit of this book, and her French pronunciations were spot on. Brava!

  • Takedown

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Shane on 10-23-08

Not my genre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Someone recommended Brad Thor to me a few years ago so I bought this book and then didn’t listen to it until now. For the genre, it is a pretty good book, but it just isn’t “down my alley.” Ha ha. One of the problems I have with this book is the frequent use of cliches. Another is the prose, or lack thereof. Yet another is the predictability and lack of creativity. It is very formulaic, following the plot line of so many other stories of this type. And I have to say the ending was just about the worst ending of all time.

Now with all that said, I still enjoyed the story for the most part. It strangely held my attention and I did care about some of the characters and the situation they found themselves in. . I’m not sorry I read it, but probably won’t be reading any more of this series.

Perhaps one reason I did enjoy this book is the fabulous narration of George Guidall. He is one of the very best.

  • Careless Love

  • The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
  • By: Peter Guralnick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unraveling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Michelle Huss on 04-21-15

I Still Love Him.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I love Elvis, and I love reading about his life. I read the first volume of this biography a couple of years ago, and it just made me love him more. This volume got to be a little long winded for a while there. I guess if you are going to write a comprehensive biography it behooves you to include it all, but it got to be hard to slog through. Although I love Elvis, I’m sorry for what he became. It is so sad to hear about an incredible life, so full of promise and so incredibly talented, come to such a miserable end. I wish it could have been otherwise, but it just wasn’t to be for this super-super star.

  • The Light in the Forest

  • By: Conrad Richter
  • Narrated by: Joel Fabiani
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

"Johnny Butler was just four years old when his Lenni Lenape "father," Cuyloga, spoke the words that siphoned out his white blood and put Indian blood in its place. Now the Yengwes, the white soldiers, were taking him back to his "true" home. Inside of him hate and anger spread like poisons. The Light in the Forest, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Conrad Richter, will touch a new generation with its lasting truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but it packs a punch!

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-10-18

Short, but it packs a punch!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

What great lessons are to be learned from this story. I think I could become a Conrad Richter fan. This book had so much to say in a short time, and it left the drawing of morals up to the reader. The young protagonist of this story, True Son, was left in the middle of the whole mess, not knowing which way to turn. It was brilliantly written

  • Justine

  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent/ with fine narration

  • By Alan on 03-31-11

Too much like a soap opera

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I think I might like the rest of this series, but I was not sufficiently enthralled with this novel to take the risk of reading three more. The writing was beautiful and the setting was intriguing, but the action, or non-action just wore me out. I guess I failed to care about the characters enough to go on with it. They were good and mostly interesting characters, but they just never did very much. It was kind of a cool ending, but it was too little too late for me.

I really wanted to like it, but it was too much like a soap opera: dramatic, slow-moving, repetitious and slow-moving. Did I say that twice? Oops I meant to write repetitious. Oh no! I said that too! Sorry.

Unlike many reviewers here, I thought the narrator was awesome. He is the only thing that kept me going. He is a great reader with wonderful deep vocal tones. Very easy to listen to for me, at least. Some might consider him a little overdone, but I loved listening to him, even his characterizations.

  • What's Left of Me

  • The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One
  • By: Kat Zhang
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

I should not exist. But I do. Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else - two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story!

  • By Linda B on 09-24-12

Worth Reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I think it would be very hard to write an original dystopian novel without it sounding contrived. This one has its original and creative moments but also has its contrived moments. It follows a pretty standard plot line: young kids get caught in some futuristic hell-hole that they can't get out of, but the "chosen ones" can see that somehow or other they have to get out not only to save themselves but also to save the rest of the poor sots who are still there. Somehow these above average thinkers and doers are able to figure it out. You know the plot. The difference here is that everyone is born with two souls in one body. By roughly age 6 one of the souls has become dominant and the other one just fades away. But what happens if #2 does not go away? Ah, there's the rub. And it isn't pretty.

And so it goes. I don't want to give any more away, but that little detail makes the book worth reading. An easy read and not too long, it is the first of a three book series. I'm not big on serieses (is that even a word?) so I probably won't be reading the other two. But in the end I did enjoy this one. Some of you out there are going to love it, and most likely the whole series.

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,508

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

It's Finally Over

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I don't usually like to read series because I feel tied down to them. Stephen King, though, gives me that urge to see-what-happens-next that is what makes me a book junkie. It did take me a while to start this last volume after devouring the first six, and I have to say it wasn't the best part of the story, but I did enjoy it. Even the ending wasn't too bad (I find King's endings to be his weakness) because I didn't expect it to end the way it did. I took it to be a happy ending, and I like those, but it also had some sadness to it from my perspective, or at least some bitter-sweetness. As usual, I cared about those characters (what I find to be King's strength) and I didn't want to say good-bye to them. Pretty good series all in all.

George Guidall is one of the all-time best narrators, and I love listening to him. This series was started by Frank Muller, though, and I have to say I missed him when the series was switched over to Guidall. I think everyone who has heard Muller read misses him. It sucks that he died so inconveniently at the height of his career. He was truly amazing.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Here is the complete and unabridged tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated visit to Sleepy Hollow. Half of the charm of the tale is Irving's beautiful prose, as he describes the glorious New England countryside. But, of course, there are chills galore when the Headless Horseman appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this classic

  • By Diane on 11-05-10

A Lot of Fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

B. J. Harrison has that sort of creepy quality in his reading that makes him the perfect narrator for this short story. It is an icon of scary literature, especially for young people but it still holds my interest as well. It takes the imagination on a wild ride and that may be the exact thing I am looking for in a good story.

  • Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Now adapted for a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton, the story of the Headless Horseman is a classic of American folklore. It is paired here with the myth of Rip Van Winkle who wanders into the Catskill Mountains for his legendary snooze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both stories are now included!

  • By Evelyn on 10-30-13

Great Stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Great short stories with strong morals. I love reading Irving! His imagery is vivid, and it is easy to get sucked into the situations.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,531

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I'm not sure what I expected, other than to be enthralled and eager to get back to this book every day. I am probably in the minority here, but I thought it was slow moving with little real excitement. I did not feel that urgent need to see what happens next.except for in a few instances I thought Bailey was left hanging in the air for way too long. His part of the story could have been the thing that would pull a reader back, but it just didn't go anywhere with any kind of drive. With that said, I did enjoy it to a point. It has its uniqueness, and there were some fabulous moments, but I really wanted to love it and I didn't.