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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,749

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Funny and nostalgic

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Sedaris’ writing just keeps getting better. His observations are clinically accurate and often mildly disturbing. The love for his family, concerns about aging and unfailing humor shine through in this book. I hope that he lives a long and life, and continues to share stories like these for a long time to come.

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,273

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something's Missing ... But It's Not the "F Bomb"!

  • By Cheri on 09-06-13

A pleasant story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This is a pleasant, slightly slow moving book. The characters’ dramas are those of a different time, and the conflicts seem quaint by today's standards. There are a few scenes that stretch the imagination, but one expects a bit of Blarney in a novel about life in Ireland. It’s worth the listen if you’re in the mood for something cozy.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,773

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

These books are a guilty pleasure. Very silly, but very entertaining. My only suggestion would be that the author talk to a few women in real life, to make those characters more multi-dimensional. It would have been really helpful for this book, which featured a lot of female characters who should have been the primary focus of a major plot line.

That’s a minor quibble.

The narrator did a great job of differentiating accents and tone for the various characters. It helped keep everyone straight without being distracting.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,743

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is a PDF, Folks

  • By Cynthia on 06-27-17

lots of mispronounced words

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

This book is full of interesting information. The number of oddly pronounced words was slightly distracting.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,561

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Excellent Debut

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

It's so exciting to see a debut by an author whose work can't be neatly categorized. I'm so glad that I spied the editor's pick on Audible. I ordered this title based on the glowing review, and I'm so glad I did.

This is a book that people should be talking about. It's so exciting to be among the people who have discovered this novel, and this author early.

I liked it for its observationist humor, the flawed and multifaceted characters and the winks at pop culture. I loved it for its messages about how important relationships are, even as we increasingly isolate ourselves behind doors and keyboards.

The book does discuss adult themes, and won't be everyone's cup of tea. For those looking for something new, this book and this author are an adventure worth taking.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Talking to Crazy

  • How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life
  • By: Mark Goulston MD
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

Let's face it: We all know people who are irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what's the solution? How do you talk to someone who's out of control? What can you do with a boss who bullies, a spouse who yells, or a friend who frequently bursts into tears? In his book Just Listen, Mark Goulston shared his best-selling formula for getting through to the resistant people in your life. Now he brings his communication magic to the most difficult group of all - the downright irrational.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for my Crazies

  • By Cecilia on 11-01-15

Not sure how to use this in real life

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

The stories were interesting, but other than using the steps to reach out to an uncommunicative teen, I'm not sure how to generalize a lot of the information for everyday conversations.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,848

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Not a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

This book takes on tough moral issues and family dynamics without being condescending or preachy.

I read this based on a friend's recommendation. I would have given it a pass based on the cover.

The characters, places and events are richly detailed. My only complaint is that so many of the female characters defined themselves in relation to others in their lives.

The narrator's voices all sounded alike to me, but I was able to follow the dialogue. Her voice was pleasant enough, but with this many characters, some differentiation would be appreciated.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dubliners (Naxos Edition)

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An approachable Joyce

  • By Robert on 12-16-10

Better when it's not required reading

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

The short stories are portraits that capture ordinary events during a time long past. As a younger reader I did not appreciate the stories as much as I do now that I have more life experiences.

This is not an exciting book nor a "feel good" book. It is probably best read when you are seeking a connection to others who experience everyday frustrations, of you want a glimpse into average days a century ago.

The narrator is very good, but the musical interludes did not add to my enjoyment of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,792

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Not in my wheelhouse

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

This is a look into the life of someone quirky and creative who starts her own business and pays a steep price for internet fame. If on-line gaming, science fiction and web videos aren't in your wheelhouse, then I suggest skipping this book. This isn't badly written, but I never felt a connection with the author.

Ms. Day's narration of her own book was very good.

51 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Cicero

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Elaine Kellner
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) was one of the most famous Romans in his day, and posterity has been even kinder to him. Cicero was a legend in his own time for his oratory abilities, which he used to persuade fellow senators and denounce enemies like Catiline and Mark Antony, but he was also one of Rome's most prodigious writers and political philosophers. Alongside Pericles, Cicero was one of antiquity's greatest politicians, and he has remained one of the most influential statesmen in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Lifelong Learning

  • By Julia on 08-04-15

Great for Lifelong Learning

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Cicero, his works and his politics, but who doesn't want to spend the equivalent time of a college course gaining this information.

Elaine Kellner does a great job presenting the material. She had nice pacing and clear pronunciation, which is especially important given the numerous foreign names and places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful