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180 Seconds audiobook cover art

Maybe not good enough even for teens!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I'm an adult who listens quite often to YA books, but the level was so low in the case of this one that it couldn't satisfy even my most basic requirement: I just wanted a short, light, forgettable fun read. I ended up almost dizzy from all the eye-rolling.

Anita audiobook cover art

Almost incomprehensible

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

It's not a "normal" novel, it's a series of short stories involving Anita and her grandmother (always) and various other characters. Nothing is properly explained, so many stories leave me shrugging... I'm a third into it and, although I really hate leaving books unfinished, I really see no point in wasting my time on it, so I will probably stop here.

Addicted to Food audiobook cover art

Only for beginners

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

I've given it 3 stars (I was tempted to give it just 2) because it is a good synthesis of the problem (and, implicitly, of the solutions). Given how short it is, it does manage to inform pretty well... but only the totally uninformed. If you've read one or two books about healthy eating, nutrition or obesity or a few pages on these topics on the internet, this is a waste of time. If you've lived under a rock, eating to your mouth's and stomach's content for the last few years, this is definitely the good start for you.

The Sin Eater's Daughter audiobook cover art

Total cliffhanger...

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Really, Audible should make it clear that this is the beginning of a trilogy. And that the second volume, which has been published for more than 2 months now, is not yet available in audio. I didn't know I was going into a trap when I started listening. Now I'm frustrated because the continuation is nowhere in sight.
Well written, well read... it has its faults, but all in all an enjoyable listen that makes the listener want more (well... an ending, at least)...

The Walk audiobook cover art

Mostly boring

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

I found this a boring read. It was waaay too detailed to be inspiring. Furthermore, this book is just the beginning of the story, since the author decided he could earn more by selling several short books instead of a complete and longer book. Really, why sell one book of 20+ hours, like other authors, for one credit, when you can sell 4 books approximately 5 hours long for a credit each, especially if you can easily create that content by describing every meal and stating its price. The nuggets of wisdom were so few and so lost in the bla bla that, just a month or two after I finished listening, I have no idea what they were. Waste of time. Needless to say, I will never read the rest of the series.

Il padrone delle ferriere [The Owner of the Ironworks] audiobook cover art

Eccellente scoperta

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

If you could sum up Il padrone delle ferriere [The Owner of the Ironworks] in three words, what would they be?

Prevvedibile, ma delizioso

What other book might you compare Il padrone delle ferriere [The Owner of the Ironworks] to and why?

Molti altri romanzi classici dell'Ottocento

Have you listened to any of Silvia Cecchini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sì. Veloce, ma espressiva come sempre. Ad un certo punto sbaglia una parola, si interrompe, si sente bussare 3 volte, poi la narratrice ripete la frase corretta e va avanti. Molto strano :))

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Non proprio.

Any additional comments?

Mancano tre ore alla fine, ma vorrei ne mancassero ancora dieci. Allo stesso tempo... è tardi e domani devo lavorare e non so come fare per permettermi di non andare a dormire prima di finire, per trovare una scusa...

Requiem audiobook cover art

Best of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

If you could sum up Requiem in three words, what would they be?

Feelings, tears, hope.

What did you like best about this story?

Good pace most of the time, less silly romance than in the beginning of the series, "Take down the walls!"

What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

Everything! In this book, she was given the best material she could hope for and she made it brilliant! She sounds like a very good actress.

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

I guess I did :) I think I finished it in a day, I was lucky I got to it on a Sunday.

Any additional comments?

Well... every narration is an interpretation that changes the way the story and the characters are percieved. I have difficulties reading text, so I only listen, which means I've had to get used to any kind of voice and narration, good or bad, as the only means of getting to the story. Consequently, I'm not picky. But I do appreciate good narrations, and Sarah Drew's interpretation definitely enriched my experience of the book. It's especially in this third volume of the series that she's really perfect! I read reviews from Amazon, of readers of the written text, complaining about the ending. But with Sarah Drew giving me the ending, I was quite satisfied. It might give answers the written text does not? Interpretation? Not sure, but I liked it. There's a wonderful short interview with her at the end, I was sorry it wasn't longer, I loved that, too!

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Vegetarianism in a Nutshell audiobook cover art

Totally misleading title

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

Reviewed: 06-23-12

What disappointed you about Vegetarianism in a Nutshell?

The fact that the title is totally misleading and does not reflect the content of the book. I was expecting general information about vegetarianism, a little history, for example, reasons why people decide to become vegetarians, various dietary and social aspects, eating in restaurants, food choices when travelling... various aspects related to vegetarianism, in short. I'm a vegetarian and I would have liked to hear other people's views on the topic. What I got instead was a sermon against vegetarianism and for veganism.

What was most disappointing about Bruce Friedrich???s story?

I heard the same thing over and over again. Every few sentences, I was told the vegan diet is the only reasonable one to choose.

Any additional comments?

If you want to convert people to veganism and militate for that, that's just fine, those arguments are interesting to listen to, but please be honest and open about it, just put it in the title. How can you persuade people if you start by creating false expectations, by sort of lying to them?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful