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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 17,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,734

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

So so sorry

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Listened to this wonderful book after the death of Anthony Bourdain. I was enthralled during the narration, but I was crying at the end. It was so poignant to contrast the intense and full life portrayed in the book and the end of it. If you know a person in distress, please do the proven thing, and ask her/him outright if they are considering taking their own life. You might save a life like Anthony's.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,868

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

There's no fool like an old fool

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I listened to "Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" and loved it, and then I listened to "Fear, Trump in the White House". I'd like to compare these two books in this review.

Both books are based on meticulous research and both document - in the words of the insiders - the story of a corrupt regime, where lying is the norm. In both cases, a house of cards is built on a stack of lies. And in both cases, the house of cards has a huge possible influence on the lives of Americans (and, in fact, others). Even more strangely, both books share an appreciable cast of characters.

The difference between the books, and what makes "Bad Blood" so wonderfully satisfying is that the bad people get their comeuppance. In "Fear", the comeuppance is still far in the future, and uncertain. This makes "Fear" incomplete, in a way that "Bad Blood" is not, even though some of the story is still unfolding even in the Theranos case.

I found myself listening to both books multiple times - because of the massive detail - that required repetition to take it all in. But, eventually, despite loving both books, I feel that you should really read "Bad Blood" because of the sense of completion that you will have when you are finished.

Now some words about "Fear". The detail is meticulous, but I think that the author has been constrained to reporting on events where he had insider knowledge. Some big events in that time frame were not covered as a result. I found that the book ended without a conclusion, other than what we all know, about the pervasive, foolish, lying in the White House.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,370
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,352

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Greeny on 05-29-18

No Fool Like an Old Fool

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I listened to this book and loved it, and then I listened to "Fear, Trump in the White House". I'd like to compare these two books in this review.
Both books are based on meticulous research and both document - in the words of the insiders - the story of a corrupt regime, where lying is the norm. In both cases, a house of cards is built on a stack of lies. And in both cases, the house of cards has a huge possible influence on the lives of Americans (and, in fact, others). Even more strangely, both books share an appreciable cast of characters.
The difference between the books, and what makes "Bad Blood" so wonderfully satisfying is that the bad people get their comeuppance. In "Fear", the comeuppance is still far in the future, and uncertain. This makes "Fear" incomplete, in a way that "Bad Blood" is not, even though some of the story is still unfolding even in the Theranos case.
I found myself listening to both books multiple times - because of the massive detail - that required repetition to take it all in. But, eventually, despite loving both books, I feel that you should really read "Bad Blood" because of the sense of completion that you will have when you are finished.
Now some words about "Bad Blood". Elizabeth Holmes seems to have succeeded for a time because she recruited a large number of very elderly men for her board. This seems to be a unique MO, giving those elderly statesmen something big to believe in, making them feel important, and valued. As the saying goes, there's no fool like an old fool, and Elizabeth figured that out big time.

  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always Enjoy Horowitz

  • By Bryan Stern on 06-02-18

Take-your-breath-away GOOD

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I didn't think it was possible to exceed the quality of the first book in this series, but this one has done it! Fabulous listen, wholly engaging characters, the feeling of being plunged into history - the entire package is totally worth your investment of time and book credit.

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,818

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

I felt tricked, and not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I seem to have been reading a lot of books with endings with a twist lately. This ending is contrived, and I felt cheated by it. I'd recommend "Safe With Me" by the same author over this particular effort.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

Excellent in every way!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Fantastic job by the author in recreating everything good about the Sherlock Holmes books! If you enjoyed the originals, you are going to love this one.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,909

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST AUDIBLE BOOK EVER .....GRIPPING and UNEXPECTED

  • By Trisha on 03-06-18

Shocked by the ending

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

If you read the other reviews, you will see how shocking the ending to this book is. Even though I was prepared to be shocked, nothing could have prepared me for that ending!

The book contains some very memorable people, and is a strange blend of thriller and science-fiction. It will stay with me for a long time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Optician's Wife

  • By: Betsy Reavley
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Trip!

  • By David on 02-12-17

Kept listening even though I guessed the ending

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book has memorable characters, and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. However, I did figure out the ending, and the nature of the characters is such that you often want to take a shower to remove the feel of them from your skin. It's quite an accomplishment for a novelist to create such a work, but it wasn't really to my taste.

  • One Summer Day in Rome

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Lamprell
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 186

Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful businesspeople from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete - but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Debra naude on 10-16-17

Evocative of Rome in summer, but a contrived plot

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Listening to this book was like being taken on a tour of the tourist spots of Rome. I often felt that I should open google maps and follow along with the route of the characters. It does capture the feel of a summer day in Rome. But the plot is very far-fetched, and I have to say that I did not ever feel engaged with the characters, even though they are meant to be sympathetic. If you love visiting Rome, it's worth the listen, but otherwise, not so much.

  • Precious and Grace

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Pamela J on 11-01-16

The Gift of Forgiveness

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

The wonderful world of Sandy is on display once again. Fully developed characters - and a kind, warm, and satisfying message.