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  • You Don't Look Your Age

  • And Other Fairy Tales
  • By: Sheila Nevins
  • Narrated by: Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has “been there, done that,” your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make you laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was hoping for at all.

  • By Lili on 06-19-17

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Would you try another book from Sheila Nevins and/or the narrators?

Unsure.

Would you recommend You Don't Look Your Age to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It's not clear if these are real stories or not, if they are the stories of the famous narrators, some of narrators do NOT have a pleasant listening voice and I had to skip over them.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

A famous person does not a great narrator make.

Could you see You Don't Look Your Age being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

God no.

Any additional comments?

I didn't finish this. Save your credit.

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

The author is the one who is shameless

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different story.

What could Paul Hartford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not been a jealous egomaniac?

What three words best describe James Patrick Cronin’s voice?

It's fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

It was impossible to finish this book. What a poor, pathetic person this author is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,292

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

If she doesn't care, why should we?

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

How could the performance have been better?

The audio quality is poor. It sounds like she's in a cement basement. Her voice is completely flat and lifeless throughout 99% of the reading. It's terrible. She's a very lively person, and also an actress, so at the very least I expected some sort of inflection. Anything. It was hard to listen to. She sounds bored out of her mind.

Any additional comments?

It's clear Amy was trying to jump on the comedian memoir bandwagon. Her story has very little to offer. She'll tell you over and over again how she had no money growing up - yet she got weekly blowouts at the salon. She was a popular party girl growing up and wants you to feel bad for her. I used to really like her - but since listening to this book, I haven't been able to look at her the same.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Suck at Girls

  • By: Justin Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Schemmel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 716

Fans of the #1 bests eller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel fucking universe."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dad is side-splitting funny

  • By GH on 08-20-15

Found Justin to be funnier than his father

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

Reviewed: 07-01-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

I realize the father is supposed to be the highlight, but I found the way Justin told the story and his own additions to be funnier than the quotes from the father.

What does Sean Schemmel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration is great, except for his "girl voices." These made me cringe. I would have rather he just read the female parts in his own voice, rather than sounding like a man doing a church-lady voice. It was awkward and I thought really took away from those moments.

  • The Informant

  • A True Story
  • By: Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy, which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction

  • By Dennis on 08-02-15

Great story, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a good story that I'm happy to have more knowledge of; however, the actual act of listening to it was painful at times.

What other book might you compare The Informant to and why?

Devil in the White City. Both stories are told in more of a "news article" fashion that an actual story.

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator pronounces the 'H' in words such as "what," "where," "when" and so on. It is incredibly distracting, and extremely annoying. I also felt like he did not read the book before the recording. His inflection was off in so many areas, that I often found myself repeating a line he had just read in my own head, with proper inflection, just to make sense of the situation. He seems to only have two variations of his voice - deep, gruff 'mafia' style, and high pitched 'suck up' style. Oh, and he tries to do an Asian and German accent at times, and it's terrible. It makes me wonder if anyone even auditioned this guy. I will probably also physically read the book, because I found his style so distracting and hard to follow.

Do you think The Informant needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It is non-fiction.

Any additional comments?

I am more than 20 hours into the audio, and the narrator's voice still disrupts my experience (I have found other narrators distracting at times, but as I got further into the book I noticed it less and less). He really ruins this story.

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  • All That Remains

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good early one...

  • By karen on 01-10-15

Story was slow, anti-climatic - Critts destroys it

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

Cornwell - yes. Critt - NO

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Boring, predictable.

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been read by someone else. Critt takes pauses that are so long, I have checked numerous times to see if my device has died. Her voice for Benton is absurd - some snarky, angry-at-the-world jerk that snaps every word he says. Not Benton at all. And for god's sake, does she have the mic shoved in her mouth or does she breathe abnormally loud? Disgusting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Body of Evidence
    The Scarpetta Series, Book 2
    
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        Lorelei King
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    21 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Body of Evidence

  • The Scarpetta Series, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in this suspense fiction classic. Reclusive author Beryl Madison finds no safe haven from months of menacing phone calls - or the tormented feeling that her every move is being watched. When the writer is found slain in her own home, Kay Scarpetta pieces together the intricate forensic evidence - while unwittingly edging closer to a killer waiting in the shadows....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to

  • By Teddy on 08-15-12

King slight improvement over Critt, but not much

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

What made the experience of listening to Body of Evidence the most enjoyable?

Nothing. Narrator is like listening to seals being clubbed, but slower and with louder breathes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Kate [forget last name] who narrates the later books. Wish they had used her from the beginning.

  • Postmortem

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,331

Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forgot how much I loved the old Scarpetta novels

  • By Janie on 03-29-12

C.J. Critt ruins it

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

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

Great story line

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been read by someone else. C.J. Critt is terrible. I've read all the Scarpetta novels in print, and wanted to revisit them via audio book since I now have a long commute. After noticing that Critt narrates the first half of the entire series, I'm looking for other books. I can't possibly understand why this person was chosen to read these books. She should save her voice for reading to her own children, bless their tiny ears.

39 of 42 people found this review helpful