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Matthew Pluck

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  • Bloody Confused!

  • A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer
  • By: Chuck Culpepper
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

After covering the American sports scene for 15 years, Chuck Culpepper suffered from a profound case of Common Sportswriter Malaise. He was fed up with self-righteous proclamations, steroid scandals, and the deluge of in-your-face PR that saturated the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. Then in 2006, he moved to London and discovered a new and baffling world - the renowned Premiership soccer league. Culpepper pledged his loyalty to Portsmouth, a gutsy, small-market team at the bottom of the standings. As he puts it, “It was like childhood, with beer.”

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for americans

  • By Bernie Sepponan on 09-12-14

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed this book. It’s more about Portsmouth season from the year he wrote is than the EPL as a whole. It’s definitely worth a listen if you enjoy soccer though.

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,675

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete inside look into the teams and the life story of a great American patriot

  • By RenegadeTM3 on 04-28-17

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This book is unbelievable. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Absolutely incredible story. It was amazing.

  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

  • Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
  • By: Samin Nosrat
  • Narrated by: Samin Nosrat
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 248

A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared "America's next great cooking teacher" by Alice Waters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights : But Please include the recipes!!

  • By Daniel on 11-13-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Fun, informative, interesting, easy read. If you have any desire at all to become a better cook, this is for you. Loved it.

  • Ham on Rye

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Bukowski
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years, and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this

  • By Parola138 on 12-09-13

Nothing happens

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I found this kind of boring. Nothing really interesting happens. This kid has a sad life and turns into an jerk as a teenager. I just saved you all 9 hours.

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  • Igni

  • By: Aaron Turner
  • Narrated by: Ben Pfeiffer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

From the first six months through a midyear break of camping and cooking in the bush to the harsh winter months and on to the end of its first year, this book tells the story of IGNI, a high-end degustation restaurant in a Geelong backstreet. Documenting a warts-and-all account of what it takes to open and run a new restaurant, chef and owner Aaron Turner reveals the daily challenges he faced.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much profanity.

  • By Pam Smith on 03-22-18

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This book was fantastic. Probably the fastest I’ve ever finished an audiobook. He tells such an interesting story. It’s honest, heartfelt, happy, sad, funny, and inspiring. The performance was pretty much perfect for the mood of the book. I highly recommend this book.

  • Making the Corps

  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

The United States Marine Corps, with its proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Making the Corps visits the front lines of boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Here, old values are stripped away and new Marine Corps values are forged. Best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks follows these men from their hometowns, through boot camp, and into their first year as Marines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed but not quite the story I was looking for.

  • By Mike Harbour on 06-04-16

Just too long

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

The story is good but after the platoon graduates, it is really dry and boring. I'd listen to the first 7 hours or so then skip to the last 47 minutes where they catch up with some recruits. Would be 4 stars if it wasn't for that 3 hour stretch that was so dry and uninteresting.

  • Egghead

  • Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone
  • By: Bo Burnham
  • Narrated by: Bo Burnham
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry and writing from one of today's most popular young comedians...In Egghead, Bo brings his brand of brainy, emotional comedy in the form of off-kilter poems, thoughts, and more. Bo takes on everything from death to farts in this weird audiobook that will make you think, laugh and think, "why did I just laugh?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Cullen R Hoyle on 07-26-15

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Great book. Read in a fun matter. This may have been my favorite book on audible so far.

  • Not Taco Bell Material

  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adam's finest, with an elevating sophistication

  • By HappyQuails on 05-06-13

Decent but heard it before.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

So I just listened to this book (July 2016) and it is funny, but I've been listening to his podcast for the last year or so and I've already heard 80% of the stories on the pod. It's good, but it'd be better if you never heard the stories before.

  • Fed, White, and Blue

  • Finding America with My Fork
  • By: Simon Majumdar
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

Simon Majumdar is probably not your typical idea of an immigrant. As he says, "I'm well rested, not particularly poor, and the only time I ever encounter 'huddled masses' is in line at Costco." But immigrate he did, and thanks to a Homeland Security agent who asked if he planned to make it official, the journey chronicled in Fed, White, and Blue was born. In it, Simon sets off on a trek across the United States to find out what it really means to become an American, using what he knows best: food.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator for this book!

  • By Annie Fitt on 12-04-15

Very average.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This falls under the "everything is great" style the food network has on food. That every meal he eats on his journey across America is amazing and life-changing, as if he's afraid to offend someone. The only negative thing he said was about Taco Bell. Some of the people he met were interesting, but the narrator uses the same accent for everyone. Wasn't a memorable book, would suggest finding something else.

  • Food: A Love Story

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,738

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but read more like a series of jokes

  • By Adam Shields on 10-24-14

Great book

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

This book was very funny. Had me laughing out loud in multiple chapters. I'm not a chef, or even a "foodie", just a guy who enjoys food and this book was perfect. I'm going to get his first book next. Highly recommend this.