Dinner with the Don

  • by Jim Yoakum
  • Narrated by Al Benelli
  • 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A very influential New York City pop culture guru finds himself running for his life after his review of a mob-owned restaurant makes it the most popular, hippest place in town.


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Would you listen to Dinner with the Don again? Why?

No, only because it was a great story, and it really didn't leave anything on the table

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinner with the Don?

I guess when the clown is in the scene to me he was kinda a scene steal-er. Come on you cant go wrong with a racist drunk old smelly clown.

Which character – as performed by Al Benelli – was your favorite?

I guess his Don voice or his drunk clown voice, but i really didn't like his kid or girl voices. I will say he tried tho which is awesome and helps with getting immersed in the book.

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

neither honestly just a good story.

Any additional comments?

felt like this book was a little bit to short

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- jon

Guy Fieri Meets the Sopranos... a Cucina Comedy!

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

Oh yeah... It's satire at it's best. A New York "celebrity" restaurant reviewer and self-proclaimed "trend-setter" gets his cannolis in the wringer when he plays around with a "family" style establishment in Little Italy. His stellar review is not exactly received as one might expect. Add in a Kelsey Grammer sort of police detective, a few bumbling Mafiosi street soldiers, and the lemming-like followers of our trend setting hero and you have the stage set for a chuckle-a-minute farce of Neil Simon proportion. This book was a gas...tronomical joy to listen to. Could have been made into a swell movie... Maybe Hugh Grant and Joe Pesci?

What other book might you compare Dinner with the Don to and why?

I'm a big fan of this narrator. He makes the book more like a radio-play. Listening to "Dinner with the Don" I was reminded a lot of his "Eating Trees"... written by Jeff Koppelson. Same kind of humor... similar characters... Set in New York City... Tied in nicely with food. Both were enjoyable comedies that had me laughing out loud... causing some folks on the train to wonder what I was up to. Thank goodness my earbuds are highly noticeable.

Which character – as performed by Al Benelli – was your favorite?

There were a few, but if I must pick one it would be our hero, Dexter Grey. This poor guy gets into more trouble just for trying to be nice, but... as many of us have experienced... no good deed goes unpunished.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Next time you go looking for a family-style restaurant... make sure you know what kind of "family" they serve!

Any additional comments?

A good read, er... listen! Just the right length. Great character voices. Another gem from my favorite book narrator.

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- Merlinfan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2016
  • Publisher: Precision Chicken