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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 19,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,169

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

Best listening experience I have had

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I just love this book. The world it describes of kitchens and chefs is so foreign to me but Bourdains voice makes me feel I am there with him. I highly recommend this book.

  • Notorious Nineteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old

  • By GH on 11-22-12

It's fun but don't expect a plot

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

I've read all the Stephanie Plum books and at this point I don't even expect them to be really good. There are good jokes and funny scenes but the plot never changes. In this book it was obvious what the crime was and who had done it early in the book and then spent the rest of the book feeling that the characters were incredibly dumb for not figuring it out.

However Lorelei King is extremely good at what she does. And at this point these books feel like comfort food. Not exciting and you certainly don't have to use your brains but in a way comforting.

  • The Shambling Guide to New York City

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Could you find a hotel for a harpy? Or a bar for a Bigfoot?Following the disaster that was her last job, Zoë is searching for a fresh start as a travel writer in New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position, though, Zoë is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her résumé - human. Not to be put off by anything - especially not her blood-drinking boss or death goddess co-worker - Zoë delves deep into the monster world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this book!

  • By sarah on 06-06-13

Fresh, fun and different.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

I really enjoyed this book. It had new ideas and a fresh take on monsters in the big city.
The author is very good as an narrator. She doesn't have an actors perfect trained voice but that just gives the main character a feeling of being real.

I really love it when authors read their own work. I actually originally found the book as a paper back and liked it. Then I saw that the audio book was read by the author , immediately bought it and loved it.

Can't wait for Mur Lafferty's next book.

  • The Becoming

  • Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 1
  • By: Jeanne C. Stein
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 688

Anna Strong is trained for anything-until she's attacked one night, only to awaken in a dark world that exists between the living and the dead. Here, Anna struggles with her love for the two men who inhabit the realms of each: Max, a human DEA agent, and Avery, a Night Watcher who joins Anna in pursuit of the vampire who changed her life. Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil - where survival is not just for the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another new take on vampires and the paranormal.

  • By Karen K on 02-26-11

Horrible handeling of rape

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

My big problem with this book is the handeling of Anna's rape. It is in no way realistic. The author seems to think rape is something her character can just shrug of and forget. And don't even get me started on the part where she writes about the rape as sexually arousing.

I lost trust with this writers ability to create a credible heroine in the first 30 minutes.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,832

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Nerd's heaven!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

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

Absolutely. Perhaps to my nerdier friends who enjoy mystery and books as well as technology. And especially the idea that both can be combined.

What did you like best about this story?

The enthusiasm of the main character. The idea that technology and the love of books do not have to be in opposition but instead combined they open new possibilities.

This really was an excellent mystery. It was intriguing and exciting all the way through.

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

He was excellent. He really captured the main characters emotions and journey through the book. I will definitely be looking for other books he has read.

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

The mystery of the book shop or The quest for knowledge.

Any additional comments?

Note that this book has a lot of references to computers, programming, google etc. If your a technophobe this is not the book for you. However you do need a lot of knowledge on technology to enjoy this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You Must Go and Win: Essays

  • By: Alina Simone
  • Narrated by: Alina Simone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful life journey

  • By Kristiina Friman on 11-08-11

Wonderful life journey

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

Reviewed: 11-08-11

If you could sum up You Must Go and Win: Essays in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected, fun, insightful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

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

The author was an excellent performer.

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

Yes definitely. It really brightened my long car journey today.

Any additional comments?

This book made me laugh out loud and think about my own life in a new way.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    1,088 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 443

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Michael on 07-05-09

Funny and touching

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

Reviewed: 10-23-09

I really loved this book. It blends an emotionally touching story about adoption and finding yourself with witty comparisons of British and American culture. I have lived in both countries and although the cultural characteristics were sometimes exaggerated there is still truth in them. And yes at times the book is a bit silly but that's part of its charm.

I also really love it when an audio book is narrated by the author. In this book the narration was excellent and really added to the experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful