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Carolina Lamb

Chapel Hill, NC, United States
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  • Fillets of Plaice

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In Corfu, Mother is given a calamitous birthday party, which starts with the hi-jacking of the icebox and ends with the entire gathering marooned on a remote and deserted beach. At a dinner party in Cameroon, uninvited guests include a green mamba, numerous geckos, and eight tree frogs. And in Bournemouth, we meet the delightful, ravishing Ursula, the Mrs Malaprop of the South Coast who bombards her gracious surroundings with outsize social gaffes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read "My Family and Other Animals" instead

  • By Carolina Lamb on 12-09-11

Read "My Family and Other Animals" instead

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

This is entertaining--how could it not be, with Gerald Durrell, but I disliked the narration, and so a relatively weak story got no aural support. It's really hard to find a good narrator, other than the author. I'm always looking. So far, Lisette Lecat is the only one who gets my wholehearted vote. Anyway, if it's Durrell you want, in my opinion, My Family and Other Animals is the ticket, and then you go on to the others because you can't help it; you just can't resist this crazy family. I have to say, the most impressive thing is that Gerald Durrell was 16 (or younger, was it 14?) when he got his first job, yet he completely understood how to manipulate and outmaneuver a difficult boss. Wow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

  • An African Childhood
  • By: Alexandra Fuller
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving echos from history

  • By Mark on 01-16-04

Superb, writer and narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

This is a gorgeous, sad, hilarious, very moving memoir. Fuller's parents are amazing people, and their situation is Africa is beyond imagining. Then add in Lisette Lecat and you will not be able to stop listening. This narrator is extraordinary. I generally avoid all but the authors reading their own books, but in this case I have to say I can scarely imagine even the author improving up Lecat. She must be South African, right? I mean, she has the voices & accents just pitch perfect. This is a great read. Oh, sure, it culminates in the narrator's wedding, which reminds you of just how young this writer still is. But give it to her. She's a remarkable writer--her restraint as impressive as her descriptive powers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fiction Ruined My Family

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeanne Darst
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Darst
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterically funny

  • By Molly on 10-19-11

Don't Listen to Janet Maslin

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This is a wonderful book, so very funny, it didn't deserve the snarky review it got in the NYT. And Darst reads it brilliantly. Worth hearing for her reading alone, but reader plus book = perfection. Hilarious and moving.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Three Cups of Deceit

  • How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children's crusader, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How Greg Mortenson F**ked w/ the Wrong Journalist!

  • By Shiran on 03-06-13

Why Didn't Krakauer Read This?

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

He is a good reader, and would have been infinitely preferable to the actor who read this story, putting sarcastic emphasis on all of Mortenson's made-up stuff. I hate hearing actors, unless it's a very complicated book, like Harry Potter, full of characters, each of whom need a different voice. Otherwise, we just want to hear the writer's voice. Krakauer read his first book, and read it well. This is his research, his important story. He really should have read it himself. It wouldn't have taken him very long, either. I give huge points to the writers who read their own stuff, like my personal god Mary Karr.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Liar's Club

  • By: Mary Karr
  • Narrated by: Mary Karr
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 472

Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at both the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with brilliant energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Love Karr, This Book OK

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Mary Karr Walks on Water

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

There is no better writer or reader. She is superb. I would follow her anywhere.
Read her other memoirs, Lit, and Cherry, and wait, as I am waiting breathlessly, for her next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful