My Kind of Place: Unabridged Selections: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere

Version: Abridged
Author: Susan Orlean
Narrator: Susan Orlean
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Travel, Essays & Travelogues
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Susan Orlean has been called "a national treasure" by "The Washington Post and "a kind of latter-day Tocqueville" by "The New York Times Book Review. In addition to having written classic articles for "The New Yorker, she was played, with some creative liberties, by Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe Award--winning performance in the film "Adaptation. Now, in "My Kind of Place, the real Susan Orlean takes readers on a series of remarkable journeys in this uniquely witty, sophisticated, and far-flung travel audiobook. In this irresistible collection of adventures far and near, Orlean conducts a tour of the world via its subcultures, from the heart of the African music scene in Paris to the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois-and even into her own apartment, where she imagines a very famous houseguest taking advantage of her hospitality.
With Orlean as guide, lucky readers partake in all manner of armchair activity. They will climb Mt. Fuji and experience a hike most intrepid Japanese have never attempted; play ball with Cuba's Little Leaguers, promising young athletes born in a country where baseball and politics are inextricably intertwined; trawl Icelandic waters with Keiko, everyone's favorite whale as he tries to make it on his own; stay awhile in Midland, Texas, hometown of George W. Bush, a place where oil time is the only time that matters; explore the halls of a New York City school so troubled it's known as "Horror High"; and stalk caged tigers in Jackson, New Jersey, a suburban town with one of the highest concentrations of tigers per square mile anywhere in the world.
Vivid, humorous, unconventional, and incomparably entertaining, Susan Orlean'swritings for "The New Yorker have delighted readers for over a decade. "My Kind of Place is an inimitable treat by one of America's premier literary journalists.

Reviews (4)

like listening to a 4th grader's " my summer vacation" diary

Written by michelle on October 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

You know when a student copies someone else's work and then tries to read it, but misses the point and the inflection in the oration? Im not saying that she copied this work, but she is monotone generally, and then inflects in the wrong place in a sentence... and not as direct quotes but she says things like "windy" as in blowing air, when she means "windy" like a curvy road. in SEVERAL places, and its not just a "cultural difference". The book was like listening to a 4th grader's " my summer vacation" diary. and then I was in texas and saw a taxidermist, and then i was in... but monotone till the wrong point in the scentence. It was like a bad bad Saturday Night Live skit. NOT RECOMMENDED

just ok

Written by Anonymous on June 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

i like most travel writings. at times these stories seemed like they were going to be funny, but then weren't; seemed like they would be moving, then drifted off. overall, it wouldn't be a top recommendation I'd make to a friend.

My Kind of Place

Written by Anonymous on June 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I actually sent this back after about 30 minutes of listening. It was so disjointed and random that I couldn't follow. Sorry.

Interesting, but somewhat uneven

Written by Anonymous on November 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although the appeal of the essays was more variable than I expected, this is worth renting. Sometimes, the author captures the quirky details of the place or events, while in other essays, she concentrates on the people she encounters. (The "daydream" about Tina Turner staying in the author's apartment and borrowing her clothes is probably one of the least effective pieces, because the imagined events don't actually occur, the place isn't that interesting, and we never meet the characters.) The wide variety of subjects covered might make this a good book for a road trip with others, when you're trying to appeal to several listeners. (The passengers who aren't captivated by a particular essay can flip through a magazine, instead.)

Author Details

Author Details

Orlean, Susan

SUSAN ORLEAN, a staff writer at "The New Yorker", is the author of four books, including "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People."