You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.
This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed these menu presentations. A good narrator does make a difference no matter what they are reading. Short delicious bites.
Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.
This book was icing on the cake for me. I’ve been in recovery for over 20 years and the steps are a lot about behaving your way into better thinking. I still have had issues with presence, though my life is 100 times better than it was. William James was a large part of early 12 step foundation. Presence is still based on his thinking decades later, but in a much more physical sense. I love how this segues from practices I already use to be a better person to how I can be better for me. Taking power back that I’ve been giving away to others. Definitely worth a listen and I will be revisiting this book often. I’m also going to watch Amy Cuddy’s TED talk for reinforcement.
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He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
The story was ok, and it was entertaining to read about a time with no cell phones and computers. Investigations were foot work. What I couldn’t stand was the way women were sexual objects, helpless victims, or both. That was thrown onto every female in the book, and of course the all wanted Trav.
Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa's work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.
This story is so poignant, and in such a small amount of time conveys the confusion, pain, and hopefulness one goes through dealing with loved ones with dementia/Alzheimer's. It says in the forward that initially this wasn't meant to be a story. From my understanding, it was the author's way of writing out and dealing with aging and changes in loved ones, trying to make what sense of it if he could. That message makes the entire story so much more bittersweet. Such a huge and painful idea laid out in such a touching way was brilliant and cathartic for me (of course, I cried). This will especially touch those who have experienced anything close to this situation. This author shares at such depth in this and A Man Called Ove. I look forward to the other two books I haven't read yet. David Morse's narration was superb.
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Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.
This story had me from the beginning to the bittersweet end. The characters are so well developed, the story has been so superbly crafted, and the narrator was fantastic. I loved his Ove voice and he did so well with each dominant character that you knew who was speaking after a while without having an introduction. I became so immersed in this story and I found myself laughing aloud frequently. This is going to be a frequent repeat I'm sure. I love Ove predominantly because he is such a consistent curmudgeon, and you have the opportunity to see why he is. There is so much to say about this book, mainly - just get it. Well worth the credit.
A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.
It took me a couple of chapters to really get into the story. After that it went fast, but I kept thinking "seriously?" after quite a few plot twists. It was just a little much. At the end I thought I probably had 30 mins to 1 hour left - the counter said 31 seconds. That threw me. I had to listen again to the preceding chapter because I was certain I missed something. I hadn't, it's like a story on top of a story and then a two minute epilogue to tie all things up. It was just weird to me. I'm glad it was a daily read. I don't think this was worth a credit. I was entertained enough to complete the listen though.
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Sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it? In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, no-nonsense voice that has made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that 21st-century America supports rapists more effectively than victims.
Kate Harding has laid out clearly what women go through. If you read the book you will get the point of view of the victims in a very well presented manner. The narrator was easy to listen to, had pleasant voice, and it seemed as though I was hearing the voice of the writer. Definitely worth the listen if you have any women in your life that you love. I felt this book presented thoughts that many women/victims have, but it voiced them for us in a fearless way.
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In this compelling, powerful book, highly respected writer and commentator Jack Holland sets out to answer a daunting question: How do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result takes the listener on an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents, and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women.
I have never given a lot of thought to how deeply misogyny has been rooted in our society. The best line in the introduction is that when asked why a man should write about the history, the response was "Why not? Man created it." Not long but concise and well ordered.
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The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.
This was a great trilogy, made even better by being in one volume. Enjoyable enough to listen twice. Great story telling and fabulous narration. Ready to start the next two books about Dante Galand as soon as I hit submit on this review.
If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.
This is a wonderful compilation of short stories by some of my favorite authors. Some stories I liked better than others, but they were all good. Some were a tad confusing probably because I wasn't familiar with the back stories I think. It did introduce me to authors new to me that I enjoyed and I will definitely be looking into other books now.