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  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,731

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

F*cking Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

A fantastic, crazy ride and even more entertaining if one is in the business. It should also be mandatory reading for anyone who thinks they want to open a restaurant.

Anthony Bourdain is the perfect reader for his own story.

  • Working for Bigfoot

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940

Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son, Irwin, is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So That's Who River Shoulders Is!

  • By Phillip on 08-05-15

A fun Dresden romp

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Jim Marsters knocked it out of the park as usual and these are three fun Dresden stories ... what's not to like? :)

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 510

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Odd, unmatched reader choices

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This is a book I think I would really enjoy reading but I'm not crazy about the readers. The young woman is a good reader - for her apparent age - but I keep getting distracted by her odd emphases of sentences. The man who reads her brother's part of the story sounds so much older and has such a different style that it's quite jarring every time he comes in.

The story is really interesting and has a weird quality of magical realism that is quite enchanting.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

A true heir of CS Lewis ... by way of Clive Barker

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Lost Things to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes - I really enjoyed the twisted fairy tale aspects.

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

He's a fabulous reader, emotive without being over the top and all the characters were distinct in my mind.

Any additional comments?

I kept being reminded of other books as listened to this one, but having just finished it, the comparison to Lewis' "The Last Battle" (and also kind of "The Screwtape Letters") seem inescapable, and almost disappointing. I very much enjoyed both the reader and the writing though and may explore his detective series ...

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,544

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Brilliant reader, well written but typical story

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I'm unsure how to rate this book. I've resisted reading it for years, just because everyone raved about it (much like Titanic or Forrest Gump) but it was on sale and I though I'd give it a try.

Davina Porter is a fabulous reader, absolutely spot on, and I love her books, and she does a perfect job b with this one. The story ... that's different. It's very well written but once it actually becomes a romance novel, I'm sad to say that it tics all the boxes of the trope - sexist, sexy and irrational. Modern romances want strong heroines but also want to fulfill that 'strong man protect/dominate woman' idea that is so embedded in the genre which leads to weird inconsistencies. The heroine, Clare, here starts out strong and then spends a lot of time needing to be protected by the hero, Jamie, while also being sexually threatened at every turn by the other men in the story.

I enjoyed the book, it's excellently written, and I finished it, but I was disappointed that it so faithfully stuck to the sexist tropes of the romance genre.

  • Real Tigers

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 541

The Bond-esque River Cartwight and his group of defunct MI5 spies, headed by the irascible Jackson Lamb, will do anything to get back into the game. When a member of London's Slough House - MI5's stable for disgraced spies, so-called "slow horses" - is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must risk treason and breach Regent's Park to steal intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. But the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg as they are caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not only of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A taste of Caviar in Slough House

  • By Aaron on 05-07-16

Really enjoying this series

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Real Tigers to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version, but both narrators (of Real Tigers and the previous book, Dead Lions) are great. I was sorry to find that the second book had a different reader but ended up loving them both.

What other book might you compare Real Tigers to and why?

Very Smiley's People, lots of spy stuff, gritty and a bit depressing but ultimately hopeful books. I don't read a ton of this kind of book so don't know who to compare them to.

Any additional comments?

Both Dead Lions and Real Tigers are great, the characters, though super annoying and even despicable, are fantastic and engaging and very real. Worth a listen!

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,104

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Zachary Quinto, my new favorite reader!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

If you could sum up FREE: The Dispatcher in three words, what would they be?

Fun, engaging, clever

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting premise and a good whodunit/cop detective book

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

FANTASTIC reader! Excellent characterizations and really dramatic without being over the top!

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

YES

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy Scalzi's books, and Zachary Quinto is my new favorite narrator!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Curse of Jacob Tracy

  • By: Holly Messinger
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts - mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war - and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity. He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains west with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural meets old West.

  • By Mbeasley on 01-16-16

Reads like a TV series

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

What made the experience of listening to The Curse of Jacob Tracy the most enjoyable?

It's a fun book, and quite well written, but it does read a bit like a TV series, with all the good and bad thing that implies.

On the bad side, it pretty much employs every cliche one would expect to find in a Western Paranormal Buddy series :) - tortured but interesting (white) hero, facing his gift and numerous paranormal monsters while ably, sarcastically and faithfully aided by his laconic, practical (black) sidekick. While the race question is superficially addressed, it's pretty much what you would expect from Rush Hour or Lethal Weapon.

On the good side, it is entertaining and well written with a very good narrator, my only quibble being his voice for the main female character being a bit weak, but he is really excellent aside from that, just needs to work on that English accent!

So, cliche 'hero's journey' stuff but with fun twists and turns and ably read!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,828

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Fun, cute, slightly sexist

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Loved it, really funny with a bit of serious thrown in to catch you. He's a fun writer (I also enjoyed Redshirts). I do notice that, in the manner of many fantasy/sci fi authors, he's kind of sexist, though not enough to make me stop reading his stuff, just pretty sure he wouldn't pass the Bechdel test.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

Masterful reader, fluff book

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

This is an object lesson in how a reader can make or break a book: Angele Masters did an absolutely stunning job here - excellent pacing, great voices - I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I didn't realize it was a sort of romance novel when I bought it. It is very good for the genre, but, like many American authors writing British period pieces, Deanna Raybourn seems to have opted for the 'pip pip cheerio' style of "British dialogue". Also, for Victorian England her characters had some pretty glaring behavioral inconsistencies, as well as some rather unbelievable scenarios and procedural anomalies (the fire near the end was a scene very poorly written and why did undercover special branch policemen have blankets??)

All that being said, it was a very enjoyable listen with fun characters - who owe a great deal to Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody, by the way, books I would highly recommend if you like this.

49 of 55 people found this review helpful