LISTENER

Dixie

  • 28
  • reviews
  • 41
  • helpful votes
  • 33
  • ratings
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I Spewed Ice-Cold, Farm-Fresh Milk Out of My Nose

If you could sum up Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants in three words, what would they be?

Cheese, Ham, Wry

What was one of the most memorable moments of Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants?

All of my menu favorites, skewered, roasted and served with relish.

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

Yes. Three times a day.

Any additional comments?

Mighty tasty fare!

Read More Hide me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Eerily relevant

What did you love best about The Plot Against America?

The premise. Nazi-sympathizer Lindbergh defeats FDR and becomes president before America's entrance into World War II.

What did you like best about this story?

Its horrific plausibility.

What about Ron Silver’s performance did you like?

Everything. Especially nuance and the New Jersey cadence.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction was not so much emotional as intellectual. It gave me much to ponder.

Any additional comments?

Read it! (Or, more accurately, "ear read" it.)

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Fascinating and Irresistable

What did you love best about Born a Crime?

Trevor Noah's recounting of memorable moments in his life as a mixed-race child growing up in Apartheid South Africa, told in his own voice.

What other book might you compare Born a Crime to and why?

Maybe "Me Speak Pretty One Day," by David Sedaris, in that both provide great stories of a life presenting certain "outsider" challenges. Noah's book, however, is told with humor, but contains much more serious themes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Noah and his mother - who sounds like quite a character - especially their ongoing disagreement about religion. Also the section about his brief time in jail.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. And everything in between. Also a lot of jaw dropping.

Any additional comments?

Impressive guy. Great stories, well told. He has earned every bit of his success.

Read More Hide me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Obnoxious

What disappointed you about Don’t I Know You??

It sounded like a fun premise, but in execution it was just annoying. Author's fictionalized memoir was boring; portrayal of celebrities had no irony or insight and was just kind of cringe-worthy.

What could Marni Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More fun with fantasy celebrity cameos - instead of taking them so seriously and drawing from facts anyone who's ever read Rolling Stone or People would know. Better "personal" stories. More humor in general.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her extremely deep voice was a little distracting. Her attempts at slight re-creations of the celebrity voices? Substandard. Also, although I prefer listening to books by readers with non-U.S. accents, this (presumably) Canadian could not settle on a consistent pronunciation of "about." It was all over the place. Again, annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation, disappointment and regret that I wasted a credit.

Any additional comments?

When I ran into Stephen King in a diner in Maine and we became instant confidantes, he told me not to read this. KIDDING!

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Hypnotic, poetic, unique

Would you consider the audio edition of Lincoln in the Bardo to be better than the print version?

I tend to read too quickly and probably wouldn't have been able to savor the hypnotically poetic writing without this great audio version.

What other book might you compare Lincoln in the Bardo to and why?

I couldn't compare it to any other book I've read. One of a kind.

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

I love the fact that it used such a large cast, because it populated the story with the vast range of characters this book represented.

Who was the most memorable character of Lincoln in the Bardo and why?

Each character had his or her moments. Truly an ensemble.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for something plot-driven, move on down the road. But it you're looking for a beautifully written, mesmerizing musing on life, death and beyond - this is the book for you.

Read More Hide me

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

The American Dream Re-examined

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to many friends. The writing is beautiful, introspective and unmatched. The performance by Ron Silver is pitch perfect. The story itself is fascinating, thought-provoking and as relevant today as when it was written in 1997.

Who was your favorite character and why?

"The Swede." The classic, stand-up guy who strives for basic decency in pursuit of the American Dream but finds that it's a lot more complicated than that.

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

The regional cadences and a very nuanced performance.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

After the book, I was curious about the movie. The film, which by necessity had to focus on plot and character, didn't even scratch the surface of the book's insight and couldn't capture the beauty of the prose.

Read More Hide me
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-15

A Fine Listen

Where does A Fine Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among my favorites. Very pleasant - a change from my usual suspense and crime books.

What did you like best about this story?

She was born into a privileged Old Hollywood lifestyle and makes no secret about her "1% - hood," but manages to seem down to earth and insightful. She certainly drops names, but it doesn't sound like name-dropping. This is just her life. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I enjoyed the details of what she eats and wears and her various homes/apts. She seems to appreciate that it's a rarified life and doesn't take herself too seriously.

Did Candice Bergen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really that kind of book. Others have complained that her narration was dull. I was a little surprised at first of how measured her delivery was - she sounded a little tired and hoarse. But, hey, that's called aging. And she admits to being raised in the Swedish culture of reserved emotions,

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

Yes, DIdn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

Personally, I thought there was a little too much time devoted to "Murphy Brown," but I also know that that's how most people know her, what they want to hear about and how important that chapter of her life was to her.

Read More Hide me
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Wish I had a 2.5 star option

What did you like best about Funny Girl? What did you like least?

Started off fine, but didn't sustain my interest. Not sure why. Probably because I never really believed in the title character.

Would you recommend Funny Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not.

Did Funny Girl inspire you to do anything?

Go back to my library and look for something else to listen to.

Any additional comments?

From the decriptions it sounded like I would enjoy it. Listened to it on a road trip, but after about 5 hours I realized I just wasn't enjoying it. Possibly because the title character didn't seem real enough to care about, but wasn't out there enough to seem satirical.

Read More Hide me

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-14

Okay, But Misleading Title

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A new title. No real insights into Harper Lee; more about her sister and day-to-day life in a small Southern town. Not crazy about the reader.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part was a few glimpses into Harper Lee's life, e.g. she doesn't have laundry facilities and home and uses a laundromat. Also, depiction of life among the seniors in flyover country. The least interesting? The depiction of life among the seniors in flyover country - eventually it got pretty repetitive and, at times, tedious.Harper Lee's older sister "Miss Alice," an attorney who practiced through her 90s and beyond, was much more interesting and forthcoming.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Unfortunately, yes.

What else would you have wanted to know about Marja Mills’s life?

Not a thing - except maybe why a woman in her 40s on medical disability leave for Lupus would even consider adopting a baby. A very brief passage in the book.

Any additional comments?

I have very mixed feelings about this book, although, despite the controversy, I have no doubt that Harper Lee and her sister did indeed know that she was writing it. In fact, that was part of the problem - no real insight or revelations out of respect for the subject(s). It was kind of interesting in terms of a glimpse of the down-to-earth life of Harper Lee and some of her background. But it would have made a better magazine feature than book. I also had some issues with the reader. Perhaps her Southern accents and "character" voices were authentic, but they sounded like exaggerations and got a little annoying.

Read More Hide me

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-13

We Are All Secret Keepers

What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

The plot, the writing, the characters. The way the story unfolded.

What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

Couldn't say. But it was a great story about an older woman looking back on her life and trying to resolve a long, purposely repressed memory of a significant family event before her dying mother is gone and it may be too late.

Nice to read a mystery that was neither a procedural detective story nor a gruesome dark trip that made me want to take a bath afterwards. (Bath-wise, I'm talking to you,"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn.)

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Vivian. Vivacious, fun, multi-faceted. A secret keeper.

Any additional comments?

I almost ditched this audiobook before it really got going. At first I found the reader's voice/accent a little off-putting - although most of the books I listen to have a British reader. Gradually, I realized that it was part of the overall performance and settled into it. Also, I found the very beginning a little self-consciously literary and slow getting started. But once the story kicked in, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend it.

Read More Hide me

0 of 1 people found this review helpful