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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 17,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,732

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

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

An exciting book. It increased my passion for food, and has inspired me to find my passion, and to stop being so languorous.
I miss him already.

  • Across the River and Into the Trees

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely listenable

  • By Ian on 09-28-06

A good book.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

The book is 40% the rambling thoughts of a war veteran, and 50% banter between him and his young girlfriend. With that alone, Hemingway is able to make the reader understand.
I wasn't sure I liked it until it was over. I didn't think there was much to it until I looked back and saw how much I had learned about a person.

  • Death in the Afternoon

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death In The Afternoon

  • By Kevin B. Keenan on 02-02-15

Not your usual Hemingway.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

An interesting book. It definitely makes you understand the nuances of bullfighting, and it made me want to see one. I came away from it with a different perspective on the ethics of bullfighting as well.
However, Death in the Afternoon isn't at all like Hemingway's novels, with the exception of the very last chapter, which is like Hemingway on steroids (my favorite part). It lacks his seriousness, structure, and nuanced poetry.
While I would not recommend it as a first or second or third Hemingway book, I would say if you love Hemingway it's worth reading/listening to. I learned a lot from it. About bullfighting and about life.

If you are looking for a beautiful, real life adventure story, his The Green Hills of Africa is brilliant.

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  • Green Hills of Africa

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Josh Lucas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife, Pauline, journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Well Lived

  • By Nick on 10-05-07

Great book. Narrator is so-so.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Hemingway takes you there. He makes you feel like you are right there with him.
Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway's first nonfiction book, doesn't resemble his fiction; his seriousness, his way of describing things as they are, his subtle humor. Not the case with the Green Hills of Africa. This book fits right in with his best novels.

The narrator has a few annoying accents he uses, but he's not bad. Better at Hemingway than a couple of the other narrators.

  • In Our Time

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories "Indian Camp", "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife", "The Three Day Blow", and "The Battler", and introduces listeners to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose, enlivened by an ear for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged reading by Stacy Keach

  • By Alan on 03-26-11

Glad to have listened, but not my favorite.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I enjoyed Hemingway's early work. At times it reminded me of Bukowski. There were some very moving short stories.
Unfortunately, I didn't think the narration suited Hemingway's writing. It sounded a bit like William Shatner reading a young adult novel.
Also, while the music between the stories was nice, I found myself growing impatient as it seemed to go on for too long sometimes. There's no need to bulk up an audiobook with music.

However, I'm still happy to have listened since I would not have had the time to read it.

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,041
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,015

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

So many cool twists not in the show!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Best book so far. I couldn't stop listening. The ending blew my mind, even after having seen the show...

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,696
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,636

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Even better than the first.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

What a great book. One reason I enjoyed it more than the first book is because it differs from the show in small ways, whereas the first book was done almost verbatim.
I like Dotrice. I had to take one star off though because some his voices change if the character hasn't come up in awhile. None of the major ones though.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81,176

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

if you like the shows, you'll love the book.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Great book. If you like the shows, you'll love the book. The narration is great. I wasn't sure if I'd like him at first. Not the kind of voice I had imagined they would pick to tell the story of Ice and Fire. Not the best range of voices, but he's great. It's like as if it's being read by Sir Barristan the Bold.

  • Beer

  • Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing
  • By: Charles Bamforth
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Beer offers an amusing and informative account of the art and science of brewing, examining the history of brewing, and how the brewing process has evolved through the ages. The third edition features more information concerning the history of beer, especially in the United States; British, Japanese, and Egyptian beer; beer in the context of health and nutrition; and the various styles of beer. Author Charles Bamforth has also added detailed information on prohibition, Sierra Nevada, and life as a maltster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Commercial Brewing

  • By taylor brackeen on 03-15-18

Professor Bamforth is Great

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

I enjoyed this audiobook. It provides the listener with a nice overview of the industry, the process, and the science.
I wasn't a fan of the narration, he sounds very computer-like to me, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish the book.
I've listened to all of Bamforth's audiobooks and prefer Brewmaster's Art as it goes through the process and ingredients in greater detail. It's also read by the author. Beer is Proof that God Loves Us is also great. Those two together will offer both facts and insight, and make a great team.
My favorite parts of this book, Beer, were the overview of the types of testing preformed in the QA lab, and the chapter on the future of beer. It's a very informative and thought provoking.

Cheers

  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

  • By George on 03-12-14

A must listen

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Great content. I love Professor Garfield's approach, and he reads and discusses the text beautifully.
The name is a little misleading. Ought to be titled "The MeaningFUL Life" as it discusses how to live one's life rather than life's fundamental meaning.