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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Orlean Narrator: Susan Orlean Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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My Kind of Place takes listeners on a series of remarkable journeys in a uniquely witty and sophisticated travel audiobook. In this irresistible collection of adventures far and near, Susan Orlean coducts 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 listeners partake in all manner of armchair activity. They will 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; and stalk caged tigers in Jackson, New Jersey, a suburban town with one of the highest concentrations anywhere in the world of tigers per square mile.

Vivid, humorous, unconventional, and incomparably entertaining, Susan Orlean's writings for The New Yorker have delighted readers for more than a decade. My Kind of Place is an inimitable treat by one of America's premier literary journalists.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 2/18/2014

    " Good travel essays from a very interesting author. I always enjoy Orlean's work - quirky, fun, amazing topics. For lions in NJ to Thailand to fertility rituals in Bhutan to a wonderful grocery in NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/15/2014

    " Most of the writing draws attention to its subject, rather than to itself. The people portrayed in the stories are fascinating, though the settings weren't as much the focus as I'd expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla Hunnicutt | 2/14/2014

    " I really like Susan Orlean so I don't know why I never finished this. I'll have to pick this up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shannon | 2/14/2014

    " I tend not to read travel narratives, except the 'Emily Murphy's boat sank, she lost her passport and her shoes' type, because my wanderlust is force to be reckoned with. It's not something I can handle continually stirring if I plan to remain in my normal life. By the end of the first chapted of a Bill Bryson or Pico Iyer book, I'm halfway out the door with a bike lock in one hand and a super-absorbent towel in the other. But while these particular stories were nice to read, they were not really inspiring or compelling. So I'm okay at home, for now, until I read something more stirring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel Tesmer | 2/11/2014

    " I loved the story about the taxidermy convention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Heck | 2/4/2014

    " To be honest, I only ended up reading about half of it. It didn't live up to her portaiture book, The Bullfighter Checks her Makeup. The places she visited were uninteresting, and the title itself was a bit presumptuous. I guess I was hoping for a bit more travel and a bit less reporting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/1/2014

    " Great stories, mostly previously published in the New Yorker. Orlean is a skilled writer, adept at making the reader feel she's really gotten to know something about someone. And there's just enough of Orlean's personality to be interesting, but not overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NC | 1/20/2014

    " Great writer. Susan Orlean introduces us to people and places we will never have a chance to see. Full of laughter, wisdom and insight. Thank you Susan for a terrific read and a fantastic journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 1/17/2014

    " When a journalist starts writing travel literature, things get interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/11/2014

    " It's Susan Orlean. Come on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/18/2013

    " Not really a travel memoir, more essays of various things that took place in various parts of the world. Some interesting, some not as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed these reprints from her magazine essays. mainly the New Yorker. It is a unique look at places near and far: a grocer in Queens, N.Y., climbing Mt. Fuji, Thomas Kinkade art galleries, shooting a gun, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 8/12/2013

    " Not as high-yield as The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, but still enough to like. The pieces on the taxidermy convention and the grocery store in Queens were my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heidi mo | 7/30/2013

    " surprisingly well-written and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/28/2013

    " Nice eye but not riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/20/2013

    " I loved this collection of travel essays. Not only is her writing excellent, but her ability to find totally unexpected subjects and her willingness to dive into any situation created a varied and totally engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/21/2013

    " Ms. Orlean tends to describes settings or situations by listing objects, which makes me think I could write this stuff my damn self. I'm surprised because I loved "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup," though, on the other hand, I've never been able to get into "The Orchid Thief." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 1/27/2013

    " My favorite story was the one about beauty pageants. I also enjoyed the stories about Free Willy and Midland, Texas. The piece on Thomas Kinkade was _very_ enlightening (no pun intended). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/12/2013

    " Not really a travel book. More a study of the people from really random places. I started off loving this book and then decided that pattern of the chapters was too repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/4/2012

    " Quick and fun, but not brainless. Susan Orlean has an amazing ability to make the most mundane situations (ex: a week in a Queens supermarket) sound thrilling, exotic and enthralling. I am so freakin jealous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misspennylane | 8/30/2012

    " this is a bunch of short stories, so it will take a while to read interspersed with other books & magazines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Mader | 5/8/2012

    " The perfect read for someone who desires to travel but doesn't have the opportunity to do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/20/2011

    " Travel essays for dipping into, not to read contiguously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karima | 11/27/2011

    " Better title for this book would have been CRACKPOTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/25/2011

    " Subtitled Travel Stories from a woman who's been everywhere, by an American journalist, it is a very witty and well written account of the weird and wonderful places she has been and people she has met in her writing career. Most enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/14/2011

    " Welcome to the bizarre. The travel channel in writting with personal touch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 9/25/2011

    " I want to be her when I grow up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 9/12/2011

    " Susan Orlean, you rock. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/21/2011

    " She's a great writer but some of this was a bit too 'oh isn't it quirky' for my taste. Worth it for her essay on child beauty contests alone though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed these reprints from her magazine essays. mainly the New Yorker. It is a unique look at places near and far: a grocer in Queens, N.Y., climbing Mt. Fuji, Thomas Kinkade art galleries, shooting a gun, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 1/3/2011

    " Very Enjoyable first book of the new year!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/9/2010

    " The perfect read for someone who desires to travel but doesn't have the opportunity to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2010

    " Welcome to the bizarre. The travel channel in writting with personal touch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/20/2009

    " Subtitled Travel Stories from a woman who's been everywhere, by an American journalist, it is a very witty and well written account of the weird and wonderful places she has been and people she has met in her writing career. Most enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/16/2009

    " Great stories, mostly previously published in the New Yorker. Orlean is a skilled writer, adept at making the reader feel she's really gotten to know something about someone. And there's just enough of Orlean's personality to be interesting, but not overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Honor | 6/28/2009

    " Not your usual travelogue, but very enjoyable - whether despite or because of that, depending on your usual preferences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/28/2009

    " Non-fiction travel tales mostly. Well written descriptions of places near (a Brooklyn supermarket) and far. Many previously published in the New Yorker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/28/2008

    " I want to be her when I grow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/12/2008

    " Quick and fun, but not brainless. Susan Orlean has an amazing ability to make the most mundane situations (ex: a week in a Queens supermarket) sound thrilling, exotic and enthralling. I am so freakin jealous. "

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About the Author
Author Susan OrleanSusan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992 and has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She graduated from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She now lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York with her husband and son.