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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,204

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Not Twain’s Feast : Spoiler in comments

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-18

With Nick Offerman involved I was expecting a real-man’s Ron Swanson experience. The writers painstakingly researched Twain’s travels, home and habits. They dug through hundreds of receipts and ledger entries to understand Twain’s love of food ingredients, and drink. I was able to tolerate the NPR-style of production. I was able to patiently listen to two men hunting prairie hens - and failing to find them. This book lost me when the chef substituted tofu for the prairie hen. Don’t claim to be a feast based on Twain’s ideal meal then make gross substitutions. Any game hen would have been a better solution than tofu. Yes, the Twain dining experience is equally about the company and conversation around the table, but the title and description led us to believe otherwise. Sorry, I was unable to finish the book.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • World of Warcraft: War Crimes

  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539

Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft. Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; bad reader

  • By MamaSuz on 06-29-18

A no action, sleepy trial of Garrosh Hellscream

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

This is not a book of action and adventure. It is the trial of Garrosh Hellscream that links the Mists of Pandaria expansion pack to Warlords of Draenor. I gave it three stars for the story because it covers a lot of backstory, done successfully with a flux capacitor concept. I gave the performance 3 stars because the voice was wispy, and sleepy. Narration added only a small amount of excitement to a lack-luster plot.

  • Millennium

  • From Religion to Revolution: How Civilization Has Changed over a Thousand Years
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In Millennium, best-selling historian Ian Mortimer takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of the last 10 centuries of Western history. It is a journey into a past vividly brought to life and bursting with ideas, that pits one century against another in his quest to measure which century saw the greatest change. We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burned to the ground by invaders - and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer - to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilizations came into conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb, provocative, and required reading!

  • By Felice on 02-25-18

Bad ending - literally

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I liked the tour through each century. I think I learned more about changes in humanity from this book than any class in school. What I did not like was the last chapter. Mr Mortimer predicts the future, he should have stopped with his original intent to document historical change.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful