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  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

One of the best books I've ever "read".

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I'm not one to read non fiction all that frequently, but this is a book that was recommended to me time and time again. My god, I am so glad that I finally took up that recommendation. This is an extraordinary adventure about extraordinary men, told with an extraordinary narrative. Listen, read, whatever your medium of choice, River of Doubt is not to be missed.

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,288

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

This Man is Priceless

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-10

I don’t know what it is about Sedaris’ writing, but I’ve decided I want to pitch a tent in his frontal lobe and live the rest of my days as a disciple of his neuroses. “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” is another wicked collection of short stories that at times had me laughing to the point of broken capillaries. When I read the anecdote about his experience buying pot from a redneck living in a double wide with a girlfriend who referred to the remote control by the n-word, I thought my head was going to explode.
Now, to be fair, this book is not all comedy. In fact, of the books of his that I’ve read I would consider this one to be the most reflective, if not downright serious at times. The last chapters read far more like a journal than a hysterical composition of outrageous yarns. But on the whole I loved this volume and I continue to ADORE Sedaris. In a perfect world, he and his life partner, Hugh would open the antique doors of their country home in Normandy and say, “Welcome home, Tori. David here has sobered up but you’re welcome to live with us and deplete his old stashes of drugs, cigarettes and liquor.”

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  • By: Aimee Bender
  • Narrated by: Aimee Bender
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 236

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Going to Read the Actual Book

  • By Victoria on 07-11-10

I'm Going to Read the Actual Book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-10

Bad News: The author has the most horrific and irritating voice I've ever heard. It's whiny and monotone. Run, don't walk, away from this audio book.
Good News: The story is intriguing enough where I am going to spend yet more money to purchase the actual book and finish it.

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  • The Fourth Bear

  • A Nursery Crime
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

The Gingerbreadman, psychopath, sadist, genius, and killer, is on the loose. But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons following Jack's poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker. Missing Persons looks like a boring assignment until a chance encounter leads them into the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Mole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Gary on 08-31-06

A Little Boring, Still So Creative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-10

I absolutely LOVE this author’s style. Anyone who can take nursery rhymes and create murder mysteries replete with humor and satire is a major plus in my book.
In the second installment of the Nursery Crime series, the Goldilocks and the Three Bears are caught in a national conspiracy and the Gingerbread Man is blood thirsty as ever. Obviously this is not a nail-biter (unless you suffer from Mother Goose phobia) but it is certainly clever.
My only issue is that there are times when the story was a little boring and nothing irks me more in a mystery than when characters are introduced at the last minute who end up playing a pivotal role in the plot. I feel like it’s a cop out and it cheapens the story.
In any case, I do recommend this book if anything for the humor and to marvel at the twisted lives of our much beloved nursery rhymes.
Lastly, I will add, that the narrator of this book is AMAZING. Loved listening to every minute!

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