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Elaine

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  • Whose Boat Is This Boat?

  • Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane
  • By: The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Stephen Colbert
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane is made entirely of quotations from President Donald Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence. It is the first children's book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster.  On September 19, 2018, Donald Trump paid a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, one of the towns ravaged by Hurricane Florence. It was there he showed deep concern for a boat that washed ashore. "At least you got a nice boat out of the deal," said President Trump to hurricane victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quick laugh

  • By Sephira Jenkins on 11-11-18

Expected More

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Definitely worth the small donation for hurricane relief. However, the "book" needed more quotations. It was mostly filler—intro, sound effects, credits. The quotations—funny, but NOT funny given the context—effectively portray the president's obliviousness (lack of empathy, lack of humanity), but there weren't enough. I hope the sequels will have more meat.

  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,061

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

Highly Entertaining and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Aasif Mandvi delivers a highly entertaining, madcap, character-shifting audio narration, which, in a very short time (1-hr, 17-min), portrays the joys, pains, uncertainty, and conflicts experienced by a small group Indian immigrants to the U.S. Although the tone is humorous, the picture painted becomes one of immigrant struggles to adapt to American culture while not losing the best of their own. Even as the narration entertains, it evokes in the listener a growing understanding of and sympathy for the characters—canny work by a talented writer-performer.

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  • Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Colm Toibin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Elegant, profound, and riveting, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways these men surface in their work. Through these stories of fathers and sons, Tóibín recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eminently re-readable

  • By Elaine on 01-02-19

Eminently re-readable

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Beautiful, compelling, and glowing throughout with the brilliance and humanity of the author and his subjects. I will reread (i.e., re-listen to) this book and also return to the works of Wilde, Yeats, and, particularly, Joyce, whose father—I now know—lives and breathes in the pages of his novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Lawrence Durrell's evocative memoir of living in Cyprus, just before the Greek/Turkish partition. This is a touching and atmospheric account of a place, now changed, where the two races lived side by side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listening

  • By Peggyo on 05-28-13

Wished for more

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Five stars for Durrell’s elegant writing and loving evocation of the beauty of Cyprus, the character and personalities of its Greek and Turkish residents, and his great pleasures during his three years living there (1953–1956). He leaves, sad and dismayed, as a result of the Greek rebellion against British rule.
Four stars for the story, which was too short. I wanted more!
Audio narrator perfect; he could not have been better.

  • Autumn

  • By: Ali Smith
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible use of language

  • By Mary on 03-06-17

Beautifully written story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

What did you love best about Autumn?

the beautiful metaphorical language

What was one of the most memorable moments of Autumn?

the last scene

What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

Grove excelled in her 3rd-person narrator and the female voices . Her rendition of male characters were good enough but might've been better.

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

I was not tempted to listen in one sitting because the story was so dense with metaphor and layers of meaning that I had to listen in shorter segments in order to absorb what I was hearing.

Any additional comments?

A beautifully written, affecting story, so dense with metaphor and layers of meaning that the listener has to pay close attention. There are a few dream sequences, and events skip around in time—many never fully explained but understood nevertheless. Smith's talents as a writer are undeniable. As much as I enjoyed, appreciated, and admired this book, I preferred her earlier work, "The Accidental," which I found more engaging.

  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,720

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

  • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15

Audacious

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

What did you love best about The Sellout?

The Sellout is audacious and endlessly entertaining—a poetically brilliant, powerful punch in the gut.

What did you like best about this story?

Its use outrageous, biting satire and dark sardonic humor to depict racist attitudes, experiences, and practices among blacks and other minorities . . . and whites.

What about Prentice Onayemi’s performance did you like?

The performance soars. Onayemi captures every sardonic nuance. He breathes extraordinary life into his first-person narrator and perfectly portrays all of the other characters—men, women, children, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and whites. There could be no better narrator.

If you could take any character from The Sellout out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hominy would no doubt be the most fun.

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  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Five stars' worth of pleasure

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Project to be better than the print version?

Yes, ESPECIALLY for this book. The talented Australian narrator captures every comic quirk and halarious incident or misunderstanding and conveys every subtle touching emotion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

So many memorable incidents involving misread social cues—one after another.

Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But as an Australian narrator, he was perfect for this book. (His American characters were slightly less successful, but I didn't mind.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many. I laughed through most of the book and wept for the last 15 or 20 minutes at the schmaltzy ending.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly entertaining light listening. A delightful "palate cleanser" between weightier books.