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  • Consider the Fork

  • A History of How We Cook and Eat
  • By: Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 854

Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing history of everyday utensils

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-31-14

Fascinating story of customs and manners

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I was starting this hoping to get the full story on chopsticks vs. fork and got so much more. There are discussions on why there are different knives, how they are used differently in different times and places, and so forth for almost every imaginable utensil. Also interspersed is discussion on how this was influenced by local cooking technique, equipment, and resources. Such an interesting anthropological study, I was sad to reach the end.

In the end, proper table manners are simply a set of arbitrary rules that a group of people collectively agree as "acceptable" and the rest have to follow if they want to be members of the club. Some are rooted in politics, some in local resources, some functionality - but all tell a story.

Some of the other reviews mentions the changing accents for different quotes. I didn't find these so much annoying as amusing. Some are nice and delivered well in that they let a little bit of the culture seep in (this is a story about different cultures) and some are bad but kind of funny (the French one is a little stereotypical) and others are just strange (like she forgets what she is doing halfway through the quote and the accent trails off). Not the highest grade of performance, but I wasn't turned off by it since the rest was very well done.

  • Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Giles Milton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: Its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now his talents were put to more devious use: He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rip-Roarin' Tale of Devoted 'Cads'!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-17

Great tales of British daring

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I don't normally like books read by the author - but this one was well paced with just enough energy to suit a good adventure story. Also, since this is such a British story, it is appropriate to listen to it delivered with the corresponding accent.

Other than the fact that the subject matter is death and destruction - the description of the invention, planning, and execution reads like a great spy novel. Now wonder where Fleming got his source material. Also, for those listeners that would like to see history in modern days...the difference between a heroic patriot and a devilish terrorist can only be seen through the lens of time. And even then there can be disagreement.

As the title suggests, this is not the most serious and buttoned-down version of a wartime history book but the subject is fascinating and these actions had real and lasting effects.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,285

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Jolly Good Time

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Nice little mix of perspectives for an interesting period of time. Breaking down the historical stereotypes and using in depth research to show that people of the past were very similar to people of today - perhaps even a little more open minded. Fun history snippets.

  • The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

From author Jack Gantos comes a brand-new story in the award-winning Joey Pigza series, exclusively on Audible. Joey Pigza wants to be a winner - at everything! And yet, it seems he cannot win. But why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming in an unconventional way - I loved it!

  • By Traci on 09-09-18

Not a role model

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I was interested to read the reviews that mentioned an insight into ADD, something my son has a touch of. I was torn between positive of a healthy dose of reality and alternate perspective and the negative of positive reinforcement of some bad actions taken. The teachers are (mostly) sweet and the grandma is a crank that I am sure we would have gotten to love. But we just couldn't finish it. Maybe there is some journey that makes the set-up worthwhile, but I couldn't sit through the troubled spots any longer and my son wasn't that interested in it. I was really surprised to learn that there is a whole series of these.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Like sitting down for a nice coffee break.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is just a little stroll down memory lane with a wonderful person. It was interesting to hear about Bob's early career since I only knew of him from TV. Great selection of guest stars. I don't think there is any particular highlight, but the whole listen is just an enjoyable time and great showcase of Bob's sense of humor.

  • Collected Short Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Dale Condon, Shane Hannigan, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

This work contains the collected short stories of H.P Lovecraft: "The Festival", "He", "Cool Air", "In the Vault", "Pickman's Model", "The Nameless City", "The Alchemist", "The Very Old Folk", "Rats in the Walls", "From Beyond", "The Hound", "The Strange High House in the Mist", "The Unnamable - Hypnos", "The Quest of Iranon", "The Temple", "The Moon Bog", "The Evil Clergyman", "The Horror at Martin's Beach", "The Silver Key", "The Transition of Juan Romero", "The Other Gods", "The Outsider".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Readers, Interesting stories

  • By Trent Edwards on 09-07-18

Some interesting stories; off-putting narration

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Some (not all) of the stories are potentially interesting. The style of writing is mostly overdone, that style where the author seems to be trying to prove how many words they know. Much of it takes too long to get to a destination that isn't worthy of the build up.

The dagger is the narration. I am hoping that the goal was to use unusual speech patterns to inject some kind of mood or unsettling effect. Some of the accents are in that direction, but having an Elmer Fudd impersonator narration a horror story is annoying at best and at worst ruins the story. Overall, misses the target in my opinion.

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  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Almost too good.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Moore does a great job bringing each character to life with energetic and interesting personality. He freely admits that there are some details that he has adjusted for dramatic purposes - and he details them at the end. All which is appreciated. Having been a little familiar with the history was almost a disadvantage. His changes were subtle and made sense within each character's true history. It was difficult to know when the history ended and story telling began. Not that it was a problem in the flow and entertainment, but could be a problem if you are taking a history test.

  • Code Talker

  • The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II
  • By: Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs

  • By Roxane on 08-27-12

Fine memoir, short on history

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The story of Chester Nez is of course inspirational and interesting. But this is more of a memoir, told almost exclusively from his perspective. I was interested in knowing more about the background and details surrounding his life and actions, but little of that was provided.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little Women meets Anno Dracula

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 07-13-18

Excellent Continuation of the Series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Wonderful time, maintained the fun and intrigue of the first book without becoming repetitive. Introduction of new characters and revisiting of old keeps this mash-up going strong. Narrator does an excellent job of giving each character a unique identity.

This book is longer than the first, it makes for a long story but I don't think that it dragged. The plot twists were not gratuitous and new characters that you wanted to hear more from kept coming. Wonderful weaving of classic story lines.

  • Aru Shah and the End of Time

  • A Pandava Novel, Book 1
  • By: Roshani Chokshi
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, Aru will be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that she makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at her doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. She can get herself out of this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book for strong girls

  • By L. McCullough on 04-14-18

Great adventure story for everyone in the family!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

We bought this story for a family road trip. The kids did't want to stop and were looking for excuses to drive somewhere.

It is a little long, but never drags. There is plenty of intrigue, new characters, and action. Aside from just being a good story I found the introduction into Hindu mythology to be very interesting. And aside from benefits of a wonderful performance, knowing how to properly (I hope) pronounce the names and titles is an advantage to the audio version.

The kids keep asking for when the next book in the series will be available and I don't mind looking for it.