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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 17,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,757

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

Tragically late to the feast

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I cannot truly, adequately, express my despair at discovering this marvel at such a late, late time.

stunningly open and self deprecating, AB serves up a delectable and rollicking tale.

The telling is not for the timid, but the caustic delivery aptly suits the life he meant to relate.

No, I do not intend to become a chef, but I do hope to live the rest of my life as he lived his.

Anthony Bourdain will be, is, sorely missed.

When I recover from the trauma of his death, I’ll look to immerse myself in more of his passionate, visceral craftsmanship.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,294

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Astonishing

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I’d seen the movie and liked it, but had been befuddled by some of the character references.

I’m am so glad I revisited this text. Amazing and heartfelt.

The end broke my heart but was the most relatable b

  • 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 21,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,507

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

Utterly fantastic

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

What a charming manner to relay historical change!

Exquisitely written, enticingly told, the Count is a protagonist all should strive to emulate.

I will revisit this treasure many times.

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,748

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with narration

  • By Mary Jo Ignoffo on 04-17-15

Exiquisite betrayal

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I listened to this masterpiece after reading about its genesis “everybody behaves badly”

The purity, the transcendent beauty pardons Papa’s treacherous reveal.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,425

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Wow - that was fantastic. I strongly recommend this retelling of Achilles and Patroclus. Iliad, you're up next.

  • In Calabria

  • By: Peter S. Beagle
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy's scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcendent, startlingly, soul-searingly beautiful

  • By PapaFrer on 06-08-17

Transcendent, startlingly, soul-searingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

This miracle of a novella was nothing I expected.

I purchased it for its title, knew little of the plot other than a curmudgeon on his farm in Calabria.

The story was magically crafted, the narrator perfect, the fusion of reality and the fantastic touchingly done.

The tale is founded in love, on forgiveness, on courage in the most exotic and mundane events of life.

Amazing.

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  • Seize the Fire

  • Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
  • By: Adam Nicolson
  • Narrated by: Adam Nicolson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In Seize the Fire, Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries, takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn't for two hundred years?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating but overly academic

  • By Kismet on 12-19-06

Terrifying yet terrific Trafalgar

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Nicolson is a compelling writer; this paean to Lord Nelson at his moment of triumph and at his death is superbly crafted and conveyed. Highly recommend

  • A Conjuring of Light

  • Shades of Magic, Book 3
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great ending to a wonderful adventure...

  • By Melinda E. Sabo on 02-26-17

Wonderful, magical conclusion

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I didn't want this wonderfully written and imaginative tale to ever end.

I will re-read A Conjuring of Light, indeed the complete trilogy.

Than you @V.E._Schwab. Thank you.

  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

Magnificent telling of Waterloo

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Stupendous writing and weaving the tale of such an epic battle. This was my first Cornwell book; it will not be my last.

  • Words on the Move

  • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally A Great Listen

  • By sgonk on 10-02-16

Like I'm a language dork

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

I so like John McWhoter's take on language and how it changes. It always beautiful or fascinating and never wrong.

It might not be practical but I sure enjoyed it.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful