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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Pithy Nowhere Man

Brief novella. Too short to merit a better review. The plot was adequate and Scott Brick never fails to elevate the experience of a recorded book.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Ashes to Ashes

Expectations were met. Some of the dialogue was repetitive and slow-paced. This installment was of sufficient interest that I will consider listening to earlier episodes if reader reviews are supportive.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Unfinished cliffhanger ending

Better than average until the book ended abruptly unfinished to entice purchase of another book that will also likely end unfinished. Rather dishonest way to sell a book that the buyer would anticipate to be a completed work.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-14

Exceptional writing and memorable characters

If you could sum up The Potato Factory in three words, what would they be?

Full of surprises.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isaac Simon, and his panoply of narcissistic, antisocial and paranoid character traits. Although they were modified at a glacial pace, he evolved over the course of decades, into an individual who was able to love, mourn, and lose more than a scintilla of his self-defeating character pathology. His intelligence permitted him to gain partial insight into the role that he played in the creation and influence of the vicissitudes of his life and of some of those he encountered during the course of his lifetime.

Which scene was your favorite?

Isaac Simon's search for "Sperm Whale Sally".

Who was the most memorable character of The Potato Factory and why?

Mary "Abacus", whose kindness and evolving willingness to forgive and to persevere in spite of severe, recurrent acts of cruelty, to which she was repeatedly exposed. She was willing to do almost anything in order to survive and assist those she loved.

Any additional comments?

I am planning to acquire the second book in this series, and then the third and final book in the series,

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-13

I cannot get enough of David Sedaris

What made the experience of listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls the most enjoyable?

We are able to count on having multiple episodes of side-splitting laughter when David Sedaris reads his own work . Neither my husband nor I have laughed uncontrollably for quite some time. I was afraid the neighbors might become annoyed with us. Mr. Sedaris writes well, and he is also a gifted narrator.

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

Having listened to David Sedaris since he read excerpts from his book, "Holidays on Ice" on NPR, I do not enjoy reading his work as much as I enjoy listening to him narrate. I still purchase all of his books anyway, in case he requires additional periodontal, orthodontics, or oral surgery.

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

I actually prefer to listen to his books punctuated with sufficient time to recover from diaphragmatic fatigue.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. I hope that he still does book tours, and will make an appearance in Northern California soon.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-13

Pithy book reviews illuminate life of dying mom...

If you could sum up The End of Your Life Book Club in three words, what would they be?

Bibliotherapy, living, dying

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Your Life Book Club?

For the most part, the book was positive and and did not idealize or malign anyone or anything. It demonstrated that life is for the living.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

The son, who devoted his time and love during his mother's experience with pancreatic cancer. The mother's voice was not pleasant, and I considered it the weakest link.

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

Not so much a moment, but the series of events and books that framed the process of dying from pancreatic cancer. The epilogue is memorable, and moving.

Any additional comments?

The mutual reading and sharing of books as therapy for an incredibly accomplished and tireless mother and son pair. The major source of tension, which was by no means major, was the son's tolerance and pseudo-acceptance of his mother's reliance on Christianity as a crutch at the end. Fortunately, neither character was provincial and the book club related conversations (and great list of books to read or listen to anytime) were often captivating. The use of humor elevated the quality and enjoyment of this work. No easy task within the context of death and dying from one of the most malignant and difficult to treat types of cancer. It was fortunate that her course was relatively indolent.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Wonderful, unless laughing aloud is unacceptable

What made the experience of listening to Big Money the most enjoyable?

British storytelling at its best, with a big dose of humor. A must read for anyone who believes, or once did believe, that dubious schemes to get rich without much effort will succeed. I plan to listen to it again soon.

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

Superb, one of the finest I have heard.

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


Any additional comments?

Where is that mine?

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful