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  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 744

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Fun! Made mem hungry!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Would you listen to Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants again? Why?

Yes. It was a fun listen and it made me hungry.

What did you like best about this story?

Food, all that food. I know it was an April Fools joke but it was so much fun!

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

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Thanks audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goodnight Smartphone

  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Arianna Huffington
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. Sleep is central to every part of our lives, and a good night's sleep begins by putting aside the day's worries. But in today's technology-saturated world, saying goodnight to the day is harder than ever. Allow author Arianna Huffington (Thrive, The Sleep Revolution) to guide you to a peaceful night's slumber as she performs Goodnight Smartphone: a classic tale reborn for the modern age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Ideas About Sleep

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

I'm glad it was free

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

What would have made FREE: Goodnight Smartphone better?

In my 13 years with Audible I've never given a book one star. This has to be the worst book I've listened to.

It's less than seven minutes long, which is a plus, and it's free, which is why it gets one star. Other than that, I honestly didn't like it, and I can't help but think if someone who wasn't a well known author wrote it, it would have spent it's life on a slush pile.

But it is free. You decide if it's your cup of tea.

Would you ever listen to anything by Arianna Huffington again?

Perhaps

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Child's First Book of Trump

  • By: Michael Ian Black
  • Narrated by: Michael Ian Black
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

What do you do when you spot a wild Trump in the election season? New York Times best-selling author and comedian Michael Ian Black has some sage advice for children (and all the rest of us who are scratching our heads in disbelief) in this perfectly timely parody book intended for adults that would be hysterical if it wasn't so true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 07-28-16

Hysterical!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

A brilliant short little book. It's like Dr Seuss and Mark Russell had a baby, and it was this book. A must for all who like humor and politics

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sun King

  • Louis XIV at Versailles
  • By: James Grant - introduction, Nancy Mitford
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin, Ellen Ezekiel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Of all the crowned heads of Europe, there was none to match the dignity, grace, and magnificence of Louis XIV, the greatest king in French history. And there was no other palace to match the glory of Versailles at its zenith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Versailles and Louis XIV as you never suspected

  • By Theresa on 10-18-05

wonderful! All the dish is here

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-06

What a wonderful sumer read! All the dish, everything you want to know about Louis xiv and his court at Versailes. And his wives, mistresess!

It is like reading a tabeloid from 400 years ago. Lovely, Lovely read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of a Chef

  • Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
  • By: Michael Ruhlman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Ruhlman propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms, from Asian and American regional cuisines to lunch cookery and even table waiting, in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great cooking.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting subject, terrible presentation.

  • By JLouis on 07-22-07

wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-06

This was one of the most enjoyable books I have heard in awhile. I stayed up all night to listen to the entire thing- almost 12 hours! I couldn't put it down.

It was so interesting to learn about the CIA and so interesting to learn about food in general. And the author can write!

Just don't listen to this if you are hungry.....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth I

  • Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544
  • By: Kathryn Lasky
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderful biography

  • By Susan on 12-20-05

a wonderful biography

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-05

this is the perfect book for someone wanting to learn about Queen Elizabeth I and doesn't know that much about her early life, up til the death of her father King Henry VIII. It explains the friction between Elizabeth and her sister "Bloody" Mary, as well some nice insight into the boyhood of the future King Edward VI and Lady Jane Grey.

It also belongs on the shelf of any anglophile.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • SpongeBob SquarePants

  • #1: Tea at Treedome; #2: Naughty Nautical Neighbors
  • By: Terry Collins, Annie Auerbach
  • Narrated by: Doug Lawrence
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Tea at the Treedome, SpongeBob is invited to have tea with a new karate-chopping lady friend, Sandy Cheeks. But when he finds out that Sandy lives in a dome filled with air, SpongeBob's plan for a new friend might "run dry!" In Naughty Nautical Neighbors, SpongeBob and Patrick Star are the best of friends, until their annoying neighbor Squidward decides to interfere. But Squidward's plan to split up best friends might backfire on him in a big, hilarious way!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful for kids

  • By Susan on 12-13-05

wonderful for kids

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-05

these books are read by the man who does Plankton. Cannot ask for a better narrator! They are totally awesome. The kids love them to pieces- and the grown ups don't mind listening either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Lynn Filusch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Alone at Christmas, Greg Bennett feels his life has been a waste. Sixty years old and he has no one to spend Christmas with, no one who cares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute holiday read

  • By Susan on 12-10-05

cute holiday read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-05

a wonderful if predictable book. Scrooge like man who has lived his whole life hurting people, his family and friends winds up tying up all the loose ends in his life thanks to angels. Not everything ends happily, but he has closure on his life.

The narrator was wonderful to listen to, and it was a most enjoyable listen, even if it was predictable. Lovely holiday read

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Garfield the Movie

  • By: H.S. Newcomb
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

Life couldn't be sweeter for Garfield. Parked on a comfortable overstuffed chair in front of the TV, feasting on his favorite dish (lasagna), he's the master of his universe. That is until his owner, Jon, takes in sweet-but-dimwitted pooch Odie, turning Garfield's perfect world upside down. Now Garfield wants only one thing: Odie out of his home and life!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not all I expected

  • By Susan on 12-10-05

not all I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-05

I like cats- and Garfield was a love as a child. So I picked this book as something entertaining to listen to that would remind me of my childhood.


I have a mixed feline about this book.

First of all, Edward Hermann is probably the best reader I have ever encountered on an audio book. His deep voice as a narrator, and his getting into character for the voices of Jon, Garfield, Odie, Nermal, and other assorted human and felines, is brilliant. On this sstrenghth alone I would recommend this book.


However, the plot left me cold once the book was halfway through. Yes, the first part of the book is wonderful, when it deals with Garfield and his daily life.

The book then goes into Garfield rescuing Odie when Odie gets dognapped, and is forced to do acrobatic trip for his new sadistic owner on TV.

That could be upsetting to a child. I know it was upsetting to me, because I don't like to hear about people abusing animals.

So I have mixed reaction to this book. If Odie had just been dognapped and not slightly abused I would highly recomment it.

As of now- use a bit of caution if you have small children. Odie getting a collar and getting shocks if he didn't behave could upset them.

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a chocolate river, and rainbow drops, and has the time of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light Hearted fun...great narrator!

  • By Mary A. on 02-03-04

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-05

This was my favorite movie growing up. (I write this 3 weeks before the new one is due to premiere). My husband had never read the book, so I bought this so he could hear it while he commutes.

It rocks! Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame, narrates, but he acts out the parts as well. It made Charlie, plus the other "naughty" children come alive, and his voice is so pleasant you love listening to this book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful