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Shirley

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  • Don't Be a Donkey

  • Lessons Learned from Chef Gordon Ramsey
  • By: Chadd McArthur
  • Narrated by: Chadd McArthur
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Don't be a Donkey is a true story about the life and career of Chef Chadd McArthur. It is about the lessons, about both kitchen and life, that he learned while working for Gordon Ramsay. Eighteen hours a day, five days a week...when you work with a great chef and leader that much, his wisdom will rub off on you, and at times traumatize you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a joke? Can barely understand a word!

  • By Shirley on 15-07-14

Is this a joke? Can barely understand a word!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-14

Would you try another book written by Chadd McArthur or narrated by Chadd McArthur?

No

Has Don't Be a Donkey put you off other books in this genre?

No--the problem is the author/narrator, not the genre.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chadd McArthur?

Anyone else

What character would you cut from Don't Be a Donkey?

n/a

Any additional comments?

I've been an Audible listener for many years now but have never downloaded a book like this. I could barely understand what the narrator (presumably the author) was saying. The story jumped around all over the place. For the first time ever I rang and requested a refund. I'm sure there could have been a great book here, but this is definitely not it. What a disappointment! Makes me think Audible must not listen to books before they sell them.

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not overly ghostly

  • By Tracey on 07-07-09

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-09

This was one of the most compelling audiobooks I've listened to for ages. The story is told with a very light touch, and perfectly narrated by Simon Vance. I listen to books while I walk my little dog in the woods, and for the last few days I've been even more eager than here to get out there so that I could get to the end of this entrancing book. Highly recommended :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Nobody's Fool

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, masterful and wholly convincing

  • By Shirley on 15-11-08

Wonderful, masterful and wholly convincing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-08

Wow, this book was absolutely wonderful! It's long, and so it took me an hour or so to get into it, but once it took hold it drew me right in, and by the time I started on the third part I was already regretting the fact that it was eventually going to end.

I've not read any of Richard Russo's books before, but I was blown away by his ability to create entirely sympathetic characters that I soon found myself caring about deeply. The dialogue sparkles, and I can't imagine a better reader for this particular title than Ron McLarty (whom I'd also not encountered before).

I've listened to a lot of books from Audible over the last few years, but this (along with Ender's Game) is right up there with the best I've ever heard. I've already downloaded 2 more of Richard Russo's books, and I hope they'll provide more of the same.

When this recording ended I felt almost bereaved, and that's a feeling I don't often experience at the end of a book these days. Richard Russo is a master of transforming the imagined minutiae of small-town life into something that takes you by the heart and simply doesn't let go. If you enjoy taking a peep into how other people live then rush over to the downloads page and grab it right now.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • 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 693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly wonderful!

  • By Shirley on 01-11-08

Utterly wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-08

I stumbled accidentally across David Sedaris about 6 months ago, and as I type this I experience a frisson of horror at the idea that I could so easily have missed him altogether!

This book is typical of his work: by turns hilarious, heart-rending and cringe-making (but in the best sort of way). Never boring, and at the end leaving me feeling bereft and wondering whether to just fast-forward back to the start and listen to it all over again.

If you've never tried David Sedaris then do yourself a big favour and download this. If you already know him then rest assured that this is more of the brilliant same :)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Michel Thomas Method

  • French Advanced Course
  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Improve proficiency and better understanding. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, unbeatable course

  • By Shirley on 21-07-08

Brilliant, unbeatable course

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-08

This is a course like no other. Michel Thomas's method really works, with no homework or active attempts to remember the things you've heard. I listened to it on my mp3 player after starting with the Foundation Course, and now I can communicate in France. Conversation with local people is needed afterwards in order to learn to understand their responses (*grin*), and it's necessary to go on to extend one's vocabulary, but there's no way round that. I couldn't possibly recommend this more highly. I loved it!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michel Thomas Method

  • French Foundation Course
  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Speak with confidence in just eight hours. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Shirley on 21-07-08

Absolutely wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-08

This is a course like no other. Michel Thomas's method really works, with no homework or active attempts to remember the things you've heard. I listened to it on my mp3 player and then moved on to the Advanced Course, and now I can communicate in France. Conversation with local people is needed afterwards in order to learn to understand their responses (*grin*), and it's necessary to go on to extend one's vocabulary, but there's no way round that. I couldn't possibly recommend this more highly. I loved it!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Ender Wiggin is six-years-old when it begins. He will grow up fast. This, the special 20th Anniversary Edition, includes an original postscript written and recorded by Orson Scott Card himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You've go to read this!

  • By V. S. on 17-06-05

An oustanding book, excellently read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-07

This is the very best audiobook I've had the pleasure to listen to in the 5 years or so that I've been a regular listener. Science fiction isn't normally my choice and so I took a chance on it, based on the recommendations of others, but I'm so glad that I did!

I found Ender's story utterly compelling right from the very start. It's a great story, well told. The characters are well drawn and entirely plausible, and very quickly I found myself caring about what happened to them. As soon as I'd finished I came straight back and bought the associated books. (For anyone thinking of doing that, Ender's Shadow is the one to go for next.)

Also, and despite its complexity, I found this story an easy one to follow in the form of an audiobook. I sometimes feel that the effort required to fix the names and character backgrounds into my mind detracts from my enjoyment of books in this form, but there was no such problem for me with Ender's Game.

In conclusion, I'd highly recommend this book. I've now listened to it 3 times in as many years, and I've no doubt that at some stage in the not too distant future I'll listen to it again. Download and enjoy!