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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,843

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Always a Sedaris fan, but this isn't his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

It's a downer

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

What did you like best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls? What did you like least?

I've been a fan of David Sedaris since the late 90s and I love Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I loved his outrageous humor and his eye for the grotesque and absurd. After that book I thought he started moving into more somber, earnest territory, and also started repeating himself. The only essays in this book that seem funny are the live readings where you hear audience laughter punctuating his remarks.

For a fan, this book was really repetitive. He's studying languages, reminiscing about his dad (who now sounds downright abusive rather than ridiculous), talking about Paris, making fun of homophobes, telling stories about book tours, etc etc.

What three words best describe David Sedaris’s voice?

Slowed down and subdued. It's been strange to hear his reading voice has gotten slower and calmer with each new audiobook.

It's disappointing -- I loved his manic, unmistakable voice in the earlier books. How did he describe it? "With its girlish timbre and high, excitable pitch". Voices do get deeper with age, but it sounds like he's working to "sound less gay". Sounds like the speech therapy he made fun of in "Go Carolina" has finally worked :-(

Do you think Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not unless he finds some new things to write about.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,133

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of Money

  • By Cynthia on 05-21-12

Entertaining enough to listen to once

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it entertained me while I washed the dishes, made dinner, put on some laundry, and walked the dog. But it wasn't as funny, insightful, or surprising as I'd hoped - I won't listen to it again.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

Her self-deprecating humor is similar to Anne Lamott's or David Sedaris', but she's not as genuinely vulnerable as Anne or as outrageous as David.

Strangely enough, she makes her path to super-celebrity seem pretty smooth and uneventful... she soft-pedals the life-changing landmark accomplishments, and omits some things altogether (there's nothing about "Mean Girls"). You can't actually tell from this book what a super-famous and powerful person Tina Fey is.

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

Her narration is witty and dry, and you recognize her as Liz Lemon (or a version of Liz Lemon). You also hear some "Jenna" tones.

Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not under these circs ... but someday, after she's retired and doesn't have to be so nice and diplomatic, I'd love to hear a "no-hold-barred" memoir from Tina Fey where she would really dish dirt on the crazy obnoxious people she's worked with. I'd also like her to write about feminism and sexism in more than this glib one-liner way.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Woods

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,746

As dusk approaches a Dublin suburb in 1984, mothers call their children home. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective. When a girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox must investigate a case chillingly similar to the unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Hard to follow "by ear"

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

I've read all of French's book on paper and enjoyed them - but I'm disappointed by this as an audiobook. Read aloud, the descriptive and introspective passages seem wordy and overwritten, and the dialogue is surprisingly flat. The reader doesn't do much with vocal characterization - everyone has the same accent and similar timbres, though he does make the female detective sound a bit "girlish" high and breathy (which doesn't suit her smart, sardonic personality).
I'll stick to the print editions of French's books.

How could the performance have been better?

Better vocal characterization in dialogue, to convey individual personalities and make it easier to follow who's who

  • Very Good Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good Jeeves

  • By Carole T. on 01-18-13

Love these stories!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

If you could sum up Very Good Jeeves in three words, what would they be?

Droll, hilarious, British

What was one of the most memorable moments of Very Good Jeeves?

The story of "Jeeves and the Old School Chum"

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?

"young Bingo" Little

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

No

Any additional comments?

Martin Jarvis is still my absolute favorite narrator for Jeeves and Wooster stories -- he gives Bertie a more animated, varied tone -- but Jonathan Cecil's more subdued style grew on me as I listened.

  • Two Whole Cakes

  • How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body
  • By: Lesley Kinzel
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In the age of The Biggest Loser and the "war on obesity", we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost. Sure, everyone should eat right and get exercise, but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall? In Two Whole Cakes, Fatshionista extraordinaire Lesley Kinzel tells stories, gives advice, and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat. Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills, shows by example how to stop hating your body, celebrates self-acceptance at any size, and urges you to finally accept the truth: Your body is not a tragedy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book About Being Fat and NOT Dieting

  • By Susie on 11-28-12

Voice doesn't match the author's tone and style

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

Would you try another book from Lesley Kinzel and/or Heather Henderson?

I'm a fan of Lesley's writing, so I'd read another book by her. Heather Henderson's reading was too earnest and one-note for this material - she didn't convey Lesley's humor or sarcasm or her sense of absurdity and outrage, and the book was boring to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

It's honest and incisive.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Henderson?

A woman with a more "edgy" voice to convey the author's sarcasm and indignation and sense of absurdity -- someone like Sarah Vowell.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

  • By: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 239

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish they'd turn this into a movie!

  • By Kat on 10-10-09

Hilarious and entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

I bought this after hearing the free first chapter and thought it was fabulous. The "sea monsters" theme works great for S & S (in which our beloved heroines are already "swimming with sharks" in the form of social-climbers, money-grubbers and hypocrites.) Secondary characters like the Middletons and the Palmers are more vivid and more logically motivated in this than in Austen!

I wish someone would make it into a movie. I loved the "Austen x Jules Verne" images in "Submarine Station Beta" and the "Austen x Lovecraft" themes.

A fantastic treat for someone who loves both Austen and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,373

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Thanks, Audible! this is great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

Wonderful performance by Tim Curry - brings out details and tone that no movie can capture and that a silent reading could miss!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful