LISTENER

Dixie

  • 28
  • reviews
  • 41
  • helpful votes
  • 34
  • ratings
  • 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 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 719

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

I Spewed Ice-Cold, Farm-Fresh Milk Out of My Nose

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

If you could sum up Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants in three words, what would they be?

Cheese, Ham, Wry

What was one of the most memorable moments of Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants?

All of my menu favorites, skewered, roasted and served with relish.

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

Yes. Three times a day.

Any additional comments?

Mighty tasty fare!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Plot Against America

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By R. Kravitz on 02-01-17

Eerily relevant

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What did you love best about The Plot Against America?

The premise. Nazi-sympathizer Lindbergh defeats FDR and becomes president before America's entrance into World War II.

What did you like best about this story?

Its horrific plausibility.

What about Ron Silver’s performance did you like?

Everything. Especially nuance and the New Jersey cadence.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction was not so much emotional as intellectual. It gave me much to ponder.

Any additional comments?

Read it! (Or, more accurately, "ear read" it.)

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,557
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,141

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Fascinating and Irresistable

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What did you love best about Born a Crime?

Trevor Noah's recounting of memorable moments in his life as a mixed-race child growing up in Apartheid South Africa, told in his own voice.

What other book might you compare Born a Crime to and why?

Maybe "Me Speak Pretty One Day," by David Sedaris, in that both provide great stories of a life presenting certain "outsider" challenges. Noah's book, however, is told with humor, but contains much more serious themes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Noah and his mother - who sounds like quite a character - especially their ongoing disagreement about religion. Also the section about his brief time in jail.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. And everything in between. Also a lot of jaw dropping.

Any additional comments?

Impressive guy. Great stories, well told. He has earned every bit of his success.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don’t I Know You?

  • By: Marni Jackson
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

What if some of the artists we feel as if we know - Meryl Streep, Neil Young, Bill Murray - turned up in the course of our daily lives? With wit and insight, Marni Jackson takes a world obsessed with celebrity and turns it on its head. This is what happens to Rose McEwan, an ordinary woman who keeps having strange encounters with famous people. In Don't I Know You?, she shows us how fame is just another form of fiction, and how, in the end, the daily dramas of an ordinary woman's life can be as captivating and poignant as any luminary tell-all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Obnoxious

  • By Dixie on 05-10-17

Obnoxious

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What disappointed you about Don’t I Know You??

It sounded like a fun premise, but in execution it was just annoying. Author's fictionalized memoir was boring; portrayal of celebrities had no irony or insight and was just kind of cringe-worthy.

What could Marni Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More fun with fantasy celebrity cameos - instead of taking them so seriously and drawing from facts anyone who's ever read Rolling Stone or People would know. Better "personal" stories. More humor in general.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her extremely deep voice was a little distracting. Her attempts at slight re-creations of the celebrity voices? Substandard. Also, although I prefer listening to books by readers with non-U.S. accents, this (presumably) Canadian could not settle on a consistent pronunciation of "about." It was all over the place. Again, annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation, disappointment and regret that I wasted a credit.

Any additional comments?

When I ran into Stephen King in a diner in Maine and we became instant confidantes, he told me not to read this. KIDDING!

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,494

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Hypnotic, poetic, unique

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Lincoln in the Bardo to be better than the print version?

I tend to read too quickly and probably wouldn't have been able to savor the hypnotically poetic writing without this great audio version.

What other book might you compare Lincoln in the Bardo to and why?

I couldn't compare it to any other book I've read. One of a kind.

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

I love the fact that it used such a large cast, because it populated the story with the vast range of characters this book represented.

Who was the most memorable character of Lincoln in the Bardo and why?

Each character had his or her moments. Truly an ensemble.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for something plot-driven, move on down the road. But it you're looking for a beautifully written, mesmerizing musing on life, death and beyond - this is the book for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Masterpiece

  • By Sara on 03-10-14

The American Dream Re-examined

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to many friends. The writing is beautiful, introspective and unmatched. The performance by Ron Silver is pitch perfect. The story itself is fascinating, thought-provoking and as relevant today as when it was written in 1997.

Who was your favorite character and why?

"The Swede." The classic, stand-up guy who strives for basic decency in pursuit of the American Dream but finds that it's a lot more complicated than that.

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

The regional cadences and a very nuanced performance.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

After the book, I was curious about the movie. The film, which by necessity had to focus on plot and character, didn't even scratch the surface of the book's insight and couldn't capture the beauty of the prose.

  • A Fine Romance

  • By: Candice Bergen
  • Narrated by: Candice Bergen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

A Fine Romance begins with Bergen's charming first husband, French director Louis Malle, whose huge appetite for life broadened her horizons and whose occasional darkness never diminished their love for each other. But her real romance begins when she discovers overpowering love for her daughter after years of ambivalence about motherhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • up the speed to 1.5 and Candace sounds way better

  • By Susan on 06-03-15

A Fine Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Where does A Fine Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among my favorites. Very pleasant - a change from my usual suspense and crime books.

What did you like best about this story?

She was born into a privileged Old Hollywood lifestyle and makes no secret about her "1% - hood," but manages to seem down to earth and insightful. She certainly drops names, but it doesn't sound like name-dropping. This is just her life. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I enjoyed the details of what she eats and wears and her various homes/apts. She seems to appreciate that it's a rarified life and doesn't take herself too seriously.

Did Candice Bergen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really that kind of book. Others have complained that her narration was dull. I was a little surprised at first of how measured her delivery was - she sounded a little tired and hoarse. But, hey, that's called aging. And she admits to being raised in the Swedish culture of reserved emotions,

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

Yes, DIdn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

Personally, I thought there was a little too much time devoted to "Murphy Brown," but I also know that that's how most people know her, what they want to hear about and how important that chapter of her life was to her.

  • Funny Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingnue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I had a 2.5 star option

  • By Dixie on 02-24-15

Wish I had a 2.5 star option

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

What did you like best about Funny Girl? What did you like least?

Started off fine, but didn't sustain my interest. Not sure why. Probably because I never really believed in the title character.

Would you recommend Funny Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not.

Did Funny Girl inspire you to do anything?

Go back to my library and look for something else to listen to.

Any additional comments?

From the decriptions it sounded like I would enjoy it. Listened to it on a road trip, but after about 5 hours I realized I just wasn't enjoying it. Possibly because the title character didn't seem real enough to care about, but wasn't out there enough to seem satirical.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mockingbird Next Door

  • Life with Harper Lee
  • By: Marja Mills
  • Narrated by: Amy Lynn Stewart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century. But for the last 50 years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable

  • By Cynthia L. O. Leary on 02-12-15

Okay, But Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A new title. No real insights into Harper Lee; more about her sister and day-to-day life in a small Southern town. Not crazy about the reader.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part was a few glimpses into Harper Lee's life, e.g. she doesn't have laundry facilities and home and uses a laundromat. Also, depiction of life among the seniors in flyover country. The least interesting? The depiction of life among the seniors in flyover country - eventually it got pretty repetitive and, at times, tedious.Harper Lee's older sister "Miss Alice," an attorney who practiced through her 90s and beyond, was much more interesting and forthcoming.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Unfortunately, yes.

What else would you have wanted to know about Marja Mills’s life?

Not a thing - except maybe why a woman in her 40s on medical disability leave for Lupus would even consider adopting a baby. A very brief passage in the book.

Any additional comments?

I have very mixed feelings about this book, although, despite the controversy, I have no doubt that Harper Lee and her sister did indeed know that she was writing it. In fact, that was part of the problem - no real insight or revelations out of respect for the subject(s). It was kind of interesting in terms of a glimpse of the down-to-earth life of Harper Lee and some of her background. But it would have made a better magazine feature than book. I also had some issues with the reader. Perhaps her Southern accents and "character" voices were authentic, but they sounded like exaggerations and got a little annoying.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,206

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

We Are All Secret Keepers

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

The plot, the writing, the characters. The way the story unfolded.

What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

Couldn't say. But it was a great story about an older woman looking back on her life and trying to resolve a long, purposely repressed memory of a significant family event before her dying mother is gone and it may be too late.

Nice to read a mystery that was neither a procedural detective story nor a gruesome dark trip that made me want to take a bath afterwards. (Bath-wise, I'm talking to you,"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn.)

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

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

Vivian. Vivacious, fun, multi-faceted. A secret keeper.

Any additional comments?

I almost ditched this audiobook before it really got going. At first I found the reader's voice/accent a little off-putting - although most of the books I listen to have a British reader. Gradually, I realized that it was part of the overall performance and settled into it. Also, I found the very beginning a little self-consciously literary and slow getting started. But once the story kicked in, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful