Brooks Smith

Denver, CO
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  • Great Books

  • My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
  • By: David Denby
  • Narrated by: Edward Asner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

At the age of 48, film critic David Denby returned to his alma mater, Columbia University, to re-experience the core humanities courses he had taken as a freshman 30 years before. Facing the question of what he really knows, Denby re-examines the besieged Western classics, ranging from Homer, Sappho, and Sophocles to Dante, Nietzsche, and Woolf. What relevance do the writers and thinkers of the past have to our current life? The answer surprised Denby and will surprise and enlighten his listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book, don't listen to it

  • By Myles on 07-01-10


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I have loved the book, but was so disappointed that the audible has changed the sequence of chapters, omitted chapters and seriously abridged parts. I've never experienced this before. One star rating at most.

  • The Cookbook Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Allegra Goodman
  • Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging read

  • By Freida on 08-19-10

Good story; TERRIBLE "male" voices by female reade

4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-12

What did you like best about this story?

characters; antiquarian book context.

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

George and Jess

Any additional comments?

The female reader's voice was very good for female characters; but was HORRIBLE for male characters!! This detracted from getting to know the male characters.