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  • Coming to My Senses

  • The Making of a Counterculture Cook
  • By: Alice Waters
  • Narrated by: Alice Waters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant. In Coming to My Senses, Alice retraces the events that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part of our history

  • By gail on 09-24-17

Pretentious and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

As a native of Berkeley, being born in 1965 and being a trained professional within the food service industry who has had the pleasure of working with Deborah Madison and Odessa Piper I thought I would enjoy this listen. I could not have been more wrong. Alice Waters’ breathy voice was annoying to listen to. As she tells her story, she comes across as extremely pretentious and unlike able. Many times while listening I felt that if I stuck a dull pencil in my eye it would have been less painful than listening to Ms. Waters read her own book. I could only listen to it in short spans and plan to return it because it was so disappointing. A very, very disappointing listen.

  • All Summer Long

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, SC, Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, and downsizing. Nick is ecstatic. Olivia is not. She can't let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought. Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling, and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivan's Island needs too much work.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jennifer J. Robinson on 06-03-16

Wanted to return the book before finishing it

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

After just completing a non-fiction book with a rather deep and sad storyline I was looking for something a little more lighthearted. I have read nearly every DBF book so I was familiar with her story formula and felt one of her books was just what I needed after the previous book I had just read. I did not care for the characters in this book. I didn't care for the narrator nor the storyline. I would not recommend even if you use one credit to purchase.

  • The Hurricane Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not worth my time

  • By Kevon on 01-26-15

Good one

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

Oh, I am a fan of all things Dorthea Benton Frank writes. I love her stories set in and around Charleston - which makes it even more fun because her characters are involved in actual spots I visit, eat in, etc. I liked that this story was told by the perspective of four different people in the same family. Liked the mystery involved to. A good read. I also LOVE Robin Miles as a narrator. She does the characters well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Save the Date

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime - one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Every single character was annoying

  • By AndreaJane on 07-29-14

Another great book by Mary Kay Andrews

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

If you are a fan of MKA's Southern-based light reading novels, you will enjoy this one. Just a nice little fluff read great for a vacation or while you are cleaning the house. However, I really do not like Kathleen McInerney as a narrator. I hae mentioned this in my reviews before - there is just something so breathy about her voice that gets on my nerves after a while.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Lake

  • By: Sarah Addison Allen
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a lifetime ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So bummed.

  • By Tara Saunders on 04-23-14

Perfectly quirky

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's other books, you will enjoy this one. I love her off-beat/ quirky characters and storylines. Great light listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Long Time Gone

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon, Jennifer Ikeda, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sisterhood of Figuring Out Life

  • By Margaret on 07-06-14

Could not stop listening to

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

I loved this book - I could not stop listening to it. Then, while I was at work all I could think about was the story and hoping the work day would pass quickly so that I could begin listenting to again. I loved the storylines, how they intertwined and the intrigue/ mystery involved. I would recommend.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Garlic and Sapphires

  • The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
  • By: Ruth Reichl
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read engagingly by Bernadette Dunne

  • By Nicole on 11-16-05

Oy. Ruth Reichl

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

Why do I read Ruth Reichl's books when I know I cannot stand her pretentious, condescending stories. Mildly interesting. However, we get it, Ruth - you like to talk about yourself as you think very highly of yourself and don't mind letting others know how smart and clever you are.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Peggity Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In the wake of the upcoming Confederate Day celebration, the Dahlias set out to solve a rash of mysterious occurrences. They' re ready to tackle the secret code embroidered on a family heirloom and suss out why one local resident is acting quite strange - yet nothing prepares them for one of their own being accused of stealing county funds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1930's Alabama ladies in troubles again!!

  • By Byron on 04-23-13

Good, easy listening

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

Nice little who dunnit. Great summer read or just when you don't want to tax your brain.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

David Sedaris never disappoints

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

It is hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to reviewing David Sedaris's work as I am a huge fan. As always, entertaining, especially in a Winter holiday context. I also love that David always narrates his books which makes them especially enjoyable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Don’t Care about Your Band

  • What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated
  • By: Julie Klausner
  • Narrated by: Julie Klausner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265

In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and funny debut I Don't Care about Your Band sheds light on the humiliations we endure to find love - and the lessons that can be culled from the wreckage. I Don't Care about Your Band posits that lately the worst guys to date are the ones who seem sensitive. It's the jerks in nice guy clothing, not the players in Ed Hardy, who break the hearts of modern girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As flirty as a pleated skirt

  • By mendolynne on 05-30-14

Not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

If you are easily offended by swear words and raunchy, explicit sex talk, this book is not for you. Maybe I am a little too old to be reading this (mid-forties). I just thought it would be funnier than it was. Did not find it laugh out loud funny. I found her stories to be more pathetic than anything.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful