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  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and instructive. A novel of the highest caliber

  • By Richmond Surrey on 07-27-17

Dazzling Performance of A Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Swing Time to be better than the print version?

Yes, actually. Pippa Bennet-Warner brings the very wide array of characters to life in a way I couldn't have with my own imagination.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tracey is certainly the character we all want to know about. The main character is believable in her unremarkable-ness, but she isn't our main interest. She's a fantastic foil for Tracy and the other prominent women in the story.

Which character – as performed by Pippa Bennett-Warner – was your favorite?

The main character's mother for sure.

Who was the most memorable character of Swing Time and why?

Tracey is impossible to forget. She's 3-dimensional, dazzling, and heart-breaking.

Any additional comments?

If you are wondering whether or not Swing Time is fit well for audiobook, definitely just go through with it. Pippa Bennet-Warner jumps from Jamaican accents to British to Australian to Portuguese and on and on with incredible ease. Many of the accents she displays are outside of my personal imagination, so hearing their accents over and over was actually really important for understanding the characters. Loved listening to this.

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,882

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Not for Gaffigan Fans

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

Not a book. Audio standup? Always yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Funny stories about parenting--and that is it!

What didn’t you like about Jim Gaffigan’s performance?

POOR and disappointing performance from a man who knows how to engage an audience. There were audible stumbles very very frequently, and the jokes were entirely recycled from his standup--and without the comedic delivery. At the beginning of the audiobook he jokes that he needed to write a book to afford a bigger house ASAP, and I think he was telling the truth. This is an extremely rushed product from one of my favorite comedians. Such a disappointment.

Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

Only because I had 15 hours to kill on a long drive. Otherwise no.

Any additional comments?

You will likely enjoy this book much more as a parent who doesn't know what to expect from gaffigan's comedy, and no prior knowledge of his standup.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,335

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Amazing Story with UNBELIEVABLE Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-22-12

Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, especially thanks to the amazing performances by the narrators. Thanks to that, it is as 3-dimensional as watching the film--with the awesome perks of keeping Kathryn Stockett's story unadulterated.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters/character development is spot on. In the film, Skeeters character lacks depth, but in the book she gradually takes on her mature and understanding role.

Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

Minnie and Abeline are by far the most amazing characters. I don't know how Kathryn Stockett portrayed them so vividly--truly amazing. You will feel like you know them and that they're your best friends.

Any additional comments?

Very long book, great for long road-trips. You will be crying at various points in the story, and you will feel connection to this book no matter who you are.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful