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  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,711

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

A rare gem

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

A sophisticated elegance of life as seen by astute characters wrapped in a story so real, that the reader becomes an invisible intruder. The characters don't need long introductions. Within a couple of minutes, we feel that we know them well. The language is precise and colorful in the Chekovian way. What a treat!

  • Gourmet Rhapsody

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz, Barbara Caruso, Eliza Foss, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 51

In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world's most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are a food lover, this is a must to read!

  • By Carlos P. Zilzer on 09-13-09

Absolute delight!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

This is a sublimely delicious piece of literature. Many pages made me think of Marcel Proust, although his madeline episode sounds stale and faded when compared to any literary morsel by Ms. Barbery. Move over Marcel! The next dinner party will be a la Muriel Barbery

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,000

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

SMUT on top of more smut...

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

I gave this book an honest hour, and decided that life is too short for such a garbage.I'd rather clean closets.

Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

No, I will not read her again.

Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The voice is not really pleasant

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

It takes a special talent to turn smut into a piece of literature. This is pure garbage for a back alley publication

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