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  • Ingredienti

  • Marcella's Guide to the Market
  • By: Marcella Hazan, Victor Hazan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the "Godmother of Italian cooking". But her legacy lives on, through her cookbooks and recipes, and in the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients - Ingredienti. Her husband and longtime collaborator Victor has translated and transcribed these vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen but a better read

  • By Alexandra Nicholas on 02-14-17

Once again, Marcella Says

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

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

The narrator spoke with a beautiful clear voice in English and a lovely accent when speaking Italian. Simply perfect. While I think it is possible that after listening, many people will buy a copy of the book to have in the kitchen, nothing can replace the feeling, while listening, that you are actually chatting with Marcella. If you already love Marcella, this is a must-listen. If you don't already love Marcella, you will by the time you get to the end.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Victor Hazan's Dedication and Preface were very touching. Thank you, kind sir, for bringing Marcella to us one last time. She will always be in my heart and at my table.

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Simply Charming!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Any additional comments?

I'd been on a roll listening to great books here since the beginning of the year, when I hit a snag and got a book I not only didn't like, but one I thought was idiotic. It happened right after I listened to Brooklyn, which I liked so much I was sorry when it ended. So the stakes were high when I choose The Summer Before the War since I longed for a book that would reel me in, and this one did. The story was lovely, the characters delightful (or not so delightful if they weren't supposed to be), and the narration is excellent. Fiona Hardingham was the perfect choice to read this book. I am now listening to Major Pettigrew's Last Stand since I didn't want to let go of Helen Simonson just yet.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Vanessa and Her Sister

  • A Novel
  • By: Priya Parmar
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa and her Sister

  • By M. J. Dana on 01-20-15

Astonishing

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

Where does Vanessa and Her Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Either first or second.

What other book might you compare Vanessa and Her Sister to and why?

I would compare it to Anansi Boys narrated by Lenny Henry because the narration is so good you lose yourself in it.

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

Since this book is written as a diary and letters, it is wonderful to hear because it's like the author of the diary or the letter is speaking out loud what he/she is writing down.

If you could rename Vanessa and Her Sister, what would you call it?

I would not rename it. The name is perfect, giving Vanessa Bell the headline.

Any additional comments?

Vanessa Bell was already my favorite Bloomsbury; if you have any interest in the Bloomsbury group, you will love this. If you don't know Bloomsbury, this is a splendid introduction. I am now going to go choose a Virginia Woolf novel to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,722

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

If only there were ten stars to award!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

What made the experience of listening to Anansi Boys the most enjoyable?

The story was excellent, but what made this audiobook so special was the excellent narrator. If I could award him ten stars, I would.

What other book might you compare Anansi Boys to and why?

In terms of great narration, I would highly recommend The Cuckoo's Calling, The Book Thief, The Signature of All Things, The Goldfinch, and Neil Gaiman reading his own The Ocean at the End of the Lane. All these books were tremendously enhanced by their readers.

Have you listened to any of Lenny Henry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not but definitely would.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. I just loved the cohesive story.

Any additional comments?

You do not have to have "read" American Gods to "read" this book.