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Ep. 22: Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Culture, and Everything in Between audiobook cover art
  • Ep. 22: Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Culture, and Everything in Between
  • By: The Audible Editors

An excellent interview

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I've seen Marcus Samuelsson on Top Chef and Chopped and he always has great things to say about food. He has an engaging personality and his passion for life in general and food in particular really comes across. I really liked hearing what he had to say about Harlem and his relationship with the area. His thoughts on staving off gentrification while also encouraging growth were fascinating. The interviewers also asked insightful questions and had clearly done their homework on their interviewee.

Now, that said, I'm not sure this episode succeeds as an episode of a podcast ostensibly about a chef. I felt like the recommendations to Samuelsson were largely unrelated to the subject of the interview and frankly, none of them sounded particularly interesting to me. Likewise the post-interview recommendations. I downloaded this to hear the thoughts of a chef and none of the books mentioned (as far as i can recall) had anything to do with food. I'm sure the books are all wonderful or whatever, but they didn't pique my interest or give me anything to explore on this subject.

I gave it five stars across the board solely on the strength of the interview and for Samuelsson himself. The interview really was very good, so kudos to the team for that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic audiobook cover art

A curious and charming story.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

This recording went by too quickly. It's an odd little story about a kid interacting with the universe in impossible ways and I loved it. William Jackson Harper performed absolutely perfectly. His voices were great, his line readings were great, it was all fabulous. I highly recommend this performance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

It Burns audiobook cover art
  • It Burns
  • The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original
  • By: Marc Fennell
  • Narrated by: Marc Fennell

A compelling story of some very strange people.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I really liked how all of this was presented by Marc. He is a good narrator and a good interviewer and he told the story of the chili pepper community in a compelling way. That said, I'm sure glad my heat tolerance is not all that high. That community sounds kind of awful and I don't think I would want any part of it. Some of the people presented here seem all right, but the general tone of it all sounds super toxic. I'll stick to sriracha sauce thank you very much.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon audiobook cover art

A good story about an annoying man.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

I really enjoyed this book, mostly because I'm sort of into space and there's a lot of interesting space program history here. The subject of the book sounds like a super irritating guy to me, but that didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the story. My only complaint about the narration was that I occasionally had trouble hearing the interviews well while driving, but that's probably more the fault of my car's road noise than the audiobook's production. The book is well-written and well-narrated. Its content is interesting and I would recommend it, especially if you're interested in the history of the space program.

With respect to the actual subject of the book though, John Houbolt sounds like an extremely annoying person to work with. He was apparently smart and a fine engineer and all that, but he was also clearly a crank who just happened to be broadly correct about this one thing. I think that if a book intended to be a flattering portrayal can still have him come across *this* whiny and self-aggrandizing, he must have been virtually intolerable in person.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Misenchanted Sword audiobook cover art

Interminable

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Avoid this book. In the interest of transparency, I did not finish listening to it, and I almost certainly never will. It was one of my favorite books when I was about 16, and listening to it now, I have no idea why. The premise is pretty good and the first half of the book is all right. The second half is just deathly boring. It's just "main character walks around for a while" and I have better things to do with my life than listen to the not-at-all thrilling tale of some whiny guy I no longer care about trying to find an inn.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention, as others have, the narration. Imagine. If You Will. Someone Reading A Book To You As Though Every Sentence Is A Headline And Every Comma Is A Period. Add to that his weird monotone and complete inability to do more than one voice for the characters and you've got a pretty awful listening experience. It's mildly funny that when a new character is introduced, the narrator will clearly be trying to give them a distinct personality but then can't even get through a whole sentence without reverting back to News Anchor Voice. If I had not had fond memories of this book already, I would not have gotten past the first chapter. Over all, I was extremely disappointed and will be removing Lawrence Watt-Evans' other books from my wishlist and avoiding anything narrated by J. Bruce McRell.

A Hymn Before Battle audiobook cover art

Excellent Military Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 07-28-19

I'd read this book before and listening to it again was a whole lot of fun. If you're into a military story written from the standpoint of "officers are useless and sergeants are the ones who get everything done," this is the book for you. Lots of big explosions, millions of aliens to kill, great technical descriptions, and an excellent narrator. I highly recommend it.

Old Man's War audiobook cover art

A great book. A less-great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

The book is fantastic and I’ve now read it twice and listened to it once. My only problem with this audiobook version is the narrator. It’s not a huge deal, but he does voices oddly and it was a little off-putting. Definitely not a deal-breaker though.