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  • Mastering the Art of French Eating

  • Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
  • By: Ann Mah
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When journalist Ann Mah's diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post - alone. Suddenly, Ann's vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.

So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enough with the Whining

  • By Robert R. on 11-20-13

Needs a PDF

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

Why isn't there a PDF of the recipes?????

Well-written overall. Interesting read. Made me think differently about a lot of things--like my relationship with food. I'm not as much of a foodie as people think I am. I don't love or think nearly as much as Ann Mah! =) She is INTO it. Illuminating slice of her life. Great memoir.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,792

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Oh boy...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I didn't read any reviews before I started the book. When I did, I felt bad. I thought people were harsh, but...I have to say this was just not very good. I was so glad when it was over. The collaboration between Clinton and Patterson was intriguing, and I wanted to like it, but so much of it does not make any sense. As many have pointed out, the reading os a bit weird. Quaid sounds like a robot trying to sound tough. It also ends up being a bit misogynistic. There are a bunch of high-powered, intelligent women, but the way they are treated by the writers and characters...doesn't quite make sense or match their build-up.

I've never read any Patterson books before (and probably won't now). If this is typical of the genre, then it's definitely not for me. I'm just disappointed overall. I'm tempted to ask for my credit back. =/

  • The Widow Clicquot

  • The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
  • By: Tilar Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life for the first time the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. A young witness to the dramatic events of the French Revolution and a new widow during the chaotic years of the Napoleonic Wars, Barbe-Nicole defied convention by assuming---after her husband's death---the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A painful listen

  • By Anne on 04-29-09

Makes me want to take a trip!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Tilar Mazzeo does an excellent job of conjuring a character out of a dearth of personal records. Telling this story through the lens of the business that Clicquot left behind and the goings-on of her day was a clever strategy--and a successful one. One forms an image and gets a sense of a great and formidable woman through the juxtaposition of Mme Clicquot's accomplishments and a vivid description of the times in which she lived. Mazzeo tells the story with creativity, affection, admiration, and empathy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It opened a new world to me--one I want to explore more.

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  • A Selfish Plan to Change the World

  • Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems
  • By: Justin Dillon
  • Narrated by: Justin Dillon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

What if your search for meaning could solve the world's problems? What if everything you are passionate about could save a life or change history? Justin Dillon argues it can, and A Selfish Plan to Change the World shows how. In this paradigm-shifting new book, Dillon - the founder of Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World - reveals the secret to a life of deep and lasting significance: the discovery that our need for meaning is inextricably linked to the needs of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story, but mistitled

  • By M. S. Boldrick on 12-07-17

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book answers questions we secretly ask ourselves about meaning and life. It instructs without taking away our choices, and it points out human shortcomings with incredible compassion and understanding, all while pushing us to be and do better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful