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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,575

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

This is David at his Best

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I've been a long time fan and believe this to be one of his best collections yet.
The stories are personal, heartbreaking and hilarious.
I especially loved the fitbit story!
#DavidSedaris #memior #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,831

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

copy cat story but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would recommend you read The Stand by Stephen King. This is a copycat story starting with a pandemic flu, good and evil, a walk through a NY tunnel, even pregnant women.....

What aspect of Julia Whelan’s performance would you have changed?

I thought her performance was really well done

Do you think Year One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no - go read The Stand.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,835

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

What a Delight

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

Any additional comments?

This book was so rich and engaging. The characters were so well developed and felt that I lived there with all.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,476

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Any additional comments?

Just when I think I have it all figured out, I'm surprised again!
great characters who are messy, funny and real.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,684

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

great stories!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

If you could sum up Full Dark, No Stars in three words, what would they be?

creepy thought provoking

Any additional comments?

Not horror - but horrific to consider what you might do in these stories.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,929

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Erik Larson at his best

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Dead Wake the most enjoyable?

The backstories and historical facts are engaging and fascinating. I couldn't put it down!

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665

Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular!

  • By Paul on 11-25-10

Every Human Should Read This Book

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Where does The Emperor of All Maladies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best non-fiction, medical book ever.

Any additional comments?

Delivers fascinating information to help us understand Cancer.

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

David at his Best

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

If you could sum up When You Are Engulfed in Flames in three words, what would they be?

Laugh Out Loud

What other book might you compare When You Are Engulfed in Flames to and why?

Have you listened to any of David Sedaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

David delivers his personal stories with perfect timing and tone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Any additional comments?

  • The World's Strongest Librarian

  • A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
  • By: Josh Hanagarne
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different, Something Wonderful

  • By SydSavvy on 03-09-14

Touching and Funny

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

What did you love best about The World's Strongest Librarian?

This book has such a human spirit and heart to it. It really lets you see how others live.

If you could give The World's Strongest Librarian a new subtitle, what would it be?

I would only add - and Love

  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

Tender and Juicy

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would with reservation because of the language. I'm not offended and find it add to the flavor of the book, but not everyone would agree.

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

It is fun to hear Anthony's own voice about his own experiences and opinions.