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Worst. Person. Ever. audiobook cover art

Classic Coupland!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Worst. Person. Ever. to be better than the print version?

Yes - James Langton's amazing voice adds so much to the experience. He does a great job with the character voices and is a blast to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Worst. Person. Ever.?

I won't spoil a plot point, but there is one scene where Raymond and Neil accompany a military mission over the Pacific Ocean, and Raymond's description of what ensues is laugh out loud funny.

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

I haven't listened to any others, but I definitely will in the future.

Any additional comments?

This book is classic Coupland. A little far-fetched, a little fantastical, well-written and entertaining.

Life After Life audiobook cover art

So excited to see McCorkle's new novel!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

What did you love best about Life After Life?

I love the way that Jill McCorkle paints the characters in all of her books, and Life After Life is no different. I loved that this was a great story with some amazing character studies woven in.

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

Holly Fielding is a great storyteller, and really picks up on the subtleties of McCorkle's characters.

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

I really liked listening to Life After Life broken up in pieces on my commute - each time, I felt like I was digging into a different character's story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sarah Vowell does it again!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-11

Sarah Vowell's never fails to make me fall in love with her all over again!

Unfamiliar Fishes is the story of the Americanization of Hawaii, and Vowell uses her storytelling - complete with historical facts, stories and personal anecdotes of her travels - to make the tale interesting and memorable. I can't imagine hearing this story read by anyone other than the author - her unique voice, along with the interjections from other celebs, makes a great book a truly spectacular listen.

51 of 55 people found this review helpful

An Object of Beauty audiobook cover art

Well-written story read by a great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-10

An Object of Beauty is a really appealing book for a number of reasons:
Campbell Scott is a masterful narrator. He has a great range of voices at his disposal, and uses them very appropriately.
The story itself is well-written, with interesting characters.
Steve Martin's knowledge of the art world is thorough. He is able to weave real and fictitious artists through the narrative in a way that feels fluid, never forced.

This book is a really great listen, and I would recommend it for anyone who's a fan of good fiction, the art world or a character-driven book.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Curse of the Blue Tattoo audiobook cover art

Great Follow-Up to Bloody Jack

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Curse of the Blue Tattoo is the sequel to Bloody Jack, and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. Don't read on if you haven't listened to Bloody Jack! - after Jackie is kicked off the Dolphin, she winds up at a finishing school for young ladies and experiences more ups and downs than possibly imaginable throughout Curse of the Blue Tattoo! Everything is told in Jackie's emotive voice, and the narrator keeps up the great tradition of voicing a number of characters all with great depth.

This was a great follow-up and I recommend this series to anyone looking for a great listen.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Great British Chick Lit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Slummy Mummy is well-known in England, and I'm glad the audiobook made it here! The story is one of Lucy, a really disorganized stay at home mom and the chaos she turns her life into through various missteps. Lucy is still a lovable character and her interactions with her husband, kids, and the other parents at school and in the neighborhood are hilarious.

The reader gives Lucy a great voice and tells her story in a relatable way which makes you sympathize with her (rather than finding her annoying, like some other chick lit characters). I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Slummy Mummy series now!

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An 18th Century High Seas Adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

I really enjoyed listening to Bloody Jack - it's a great story about Jacky Faber, an orphan who disguises herself as a boy to get aboard an 18th century sailing ship. The book is well written, exciting and engaging. There are a lot of characters, and the reader does a great job of giving them all their own voices.

I'd highly recommend this book for a listen with kids - it's entertaining for all ages.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Fun Listen, Great Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Cocktails for Three is a great story about 3 women working at the Londoner magazine who meet in a great bar each week to talk over their lives. In comparison to Sex and the City (which, really, sets the bar for all of these books), Roxanne's life is much like Samantha's and Maggie is Charlotte WITH a baby. The most compelling story, though, centers around Candice and an old acquaintance she runs into in the bar near the beginning of the book. All of the characters are well-developed, some more likable than others. The narration is tops - the reader has an authentic accent and gives this book a great voice!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Smiths' Meat is Murder (33 1/3 Series) audiobook cover art

Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

This book is called the "black sheep" of the 33 1/3 series (the rest of the books are about the making of the title albums) but often times the black sheep can be the most interesting.

Meat is Murder is a narrative about figuring out relationships, death, high school, friendship, and music in 1985. Joe Pernice paints a really accurate picture of the kind of kid who would listen to Meat is Murder when it first came out. Any fans of indie music in the 80's would definitely appreciate the story. The audiobook is read by Neal Huff, who I know from watching The Wire. His narration is convincing (I think he's about the right age to read for the main character) and gives the characters depth without taking away from the underlying narrative about the album.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Trading Up audiobook cover art

Fun Chick Lit, Great Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-08

I was a little skeptical about listening to Mira Sorvino for a whole 5 hours, but she turned out to be a great narrator! Trading Up is a pretty standard chick lit book, with fun details about couture clothing and posh Hamptons parties (everything you'd expect from Candace Bushnell), but it also includes a hunky polo player and a great main character. Sorvino gives all of the characters great voices and she's a pleasure to listen to. Two thumbs up for an escapist listen!