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  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 47 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rielle Hunter
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In What Really Happened, Rielle Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met; how their accidental love started and escalated; what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president; the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign; how the affair became public; the extensive coverup, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

    OnlineShopper says: "Your jaw will drop! You'll puke in horror!"
    "Another fascinating side of a bizarre drama"
    What would have made What Really Happened better?

    Cutting out the "life coach" psychobabble in Hunter's distorted interpretations of the motivations of everyone involved would have been good.

    If you’ve listened to books by Rielle Hunter before, how does this one compare?

    Rielle Hunter doesn't appear to have anything else to write about

    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I thought Cassandra Campbell did a fine job with this mostly dopey material---her delivery and pace were good. At times, I felt like as though the author herself was speaking. This doesn't happen very often in listening to audiobooks.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's an essential part of a trilogy that also includes Resilience and The Politician.

    Any additional comments?

    This book needed a lot more editing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Well-done time travel book with a predictable endi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes-King thoroughly researched the period and wrote a good story. The compelling narration by Craig Wasson made it especially enjoyable to listen to. Wasson did a fine job tackling all those accents and at times he instilled emotion into his reading that added real depth to this audiobook.

    This book was recommended to me by an Audible chat person, and I'm glad he did.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how King evoked small town life and personalities in various parts of the country in the mid 20th century, including material clearly drawn from his experiences with high school teaching.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite scene, but I enjoyed the feeling that i was tooling around Texas with him in those classic cars.

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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction. Maybe it was just me, but I didn't find the love interest very interesting.

    One thing that I wished was that the big-band music music that accompanied the audio book had been from "In the Mood". I suppose there were licensing reasons they couldn't do that, but it would have been nice.

    Any additional comments?

    King's afterword, read by the author, was a pleasant bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "A most amazing man that I'm glad I never met"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    While I was listening to this, I really wished I had a hard copy version of the book to see the photos---Jobs' family and bio family, the buildings he designed, and all the designs that are central to the story. The visual elements are so important that I wondered whether there is a way for Audible to include photos with an audiobook like this. Tina Fey posted photos on the web to accompany the audio version of her memoir, "Bossypants". Couldn't at least that much be done for books like this?

    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    Of course, Benjamin Franklin. John Adams.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought Dylan Baker did a good job, but I found his mispronunciations to be distracting. For example, he never quite got "demur" right (the second syllable should be pronounced like "infer") and he ended up pronouncing it somewhere between "demur" and "demure".

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

    It actually did make me cry, even though Jobs was such an S.O.B.

    Any additional comments?

    I am not a Mac person, but reading this helped me appreciate many people's enthusiasm for Apple products. I recommend this book as an intriguing read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "The bottom line: there is no "cure for cancer""
    Would you listen to The Emperor of All Maladies again? Why?

    Of course not. It's way too long.

    I didn't mind the length, though, since I've been listening to it in 3-hour segments.

    What other book might you compare The Emperor of All Maladies to and why?

    Maybe some of Atul Gawande's books. But Gawande is a much better writer, and does an outstanding job of presenting medical concepts to a popular audience.

    What three words best describe Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    Stilted, mannered, careful.

    Hoye's performance sounds like a traditional radio announcer reading copy. He enunciates carefully and clearly, but there's no buoyancy in his delivery. I would have liked a much more natural, conversational reading, kind of like Scott Simon or Liane Hansen.

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

    It's time you knew: there is no "cure for cancer"

    Any additional comments?

    It would have been more accurate to call this book "A History of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment".

    It's an eye-opening read about the personalities, politics, egos, hype, and manipulation surrounding the fallacious "War on Cancer", which is just about as unrealistic as the "War on Terror". Mukherjee details why we can't cure "cancer", because cancer is not a single disease.

    I haven't finished it yet, but I would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "My wonder was why there were raves about this"
    What disappointed you about State of Wonder?

    A preposterous plot that kept getting worse as it progressed.

    Has State of Wonder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know what this genre is. I see, though, that Elizabeth Gilbert is apparently considered to be a similar writer, and I couldn't stand her book, either. Is the genre perhaps Dopey Books with Clueless, Self-Absorbed Female Central Characters? Then yes, I am turned off by this genre.

    Did Hope Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought she was a very good reader. She's not that great with accents, though, and the accent for the West African doctor was completely wrong. And her pronunciation of Marina's name kept changing throughout the book for some reason. But overall, she did a good job.

    What character would you cut from State of Wonder?

    Mr. Fox. He obviously couldn't care less about Marina. And the Bovenders. And Marina, herself. And the character of sweet, lovable, Easter---everyone's hearing-impaired pet mascot---was a bit much. I think the only character that appealed to me was the deranged, diabolical, Dr. Swenson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Too much about too little"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    She did read well, which I appreciate

    Any additional comments?

    For me, it just wasn't that suspenseful waiting to see if she could meditate successfully

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Didn't finish it-the reader put me to sleep"
    Would you try another book from Steven Pinker and/or Arthur Morey?

    Probably not with Morey reading.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Pinker? Why or why not?

    Yes-I think he's a genius

    Did Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This was nonfiction

    Could you see The Better Angels of Our Nature being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm sure Meryl Streep would be in there somewhere ; )

    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books on long drives. I was really interested in the concept, the but narrator put me to sleep.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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