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Carol Palmer

Denver, CO USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Mooney
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Best-selling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality - it’s just part of who they are. From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy, and much more. Why won’t Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?

    Thomas says: "An Evenhanded Analysis of Both Sides of the Aisle"
    "Stop trying to reason with conservative friends!"
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    What did you love best about The Republican Brain?

    I loved the studies that showed that trying to argue reason with a conservative is about as constructive as banging my head against a wall. It has steeply decreased by comments on Facebook. I have found humor is much more effective than facts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    n/a


    If you could give The Republican Brain a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Stop trying to argue reason with your conservative friends.


    Any additional comments?

    It isn't all conservative bashing. The author has positive things to say about conservatives and negative things to say about liberals.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "WOW"
    "The story of a Detroit written by a native"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Detroit to be better than the print version?

    Yes, great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adolph Mongo. Pulled no punches. Every time he was mentioned I thought of Blazing Saddles.


    What does Eric Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The street tough attitude.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm from southeast Michigan. In my memory Detroit has been going downhill for a long time. When we would "go to the city", we'd drive 6 hours west to Chicago instead of an hour east to Detroit. It was good to get the story of Detroit from someone who lived there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    KP says: "Not as good as the others...."
    "We are introduced to Harry Hole"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    No unless you were planning a trip to Australia and wanted to know how the places names are spelled.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Jo Nesbo twists and turns a plot. Just when you think you know who did it - nope!


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different accents


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because I don't usually have 9 1/2 hours of uninterrupted time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    Robert says: "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
    "Good performance of an OK book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book because the performance is well done.


    If you’ve listened to books by S. M. Stirling before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    Can't think of one that stood out.


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

    A whole lotta flashbacks


    Any additional comments?

    I've liked most of the books in this series, but this one and "The Sunrise Lands" are just a whole bunch of flashbacks. I wish he had just written a separate book about what happened back in Oregon/Washington while Rudy and the gang were traveling East.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.

    Kathryn says: "Loaded with facts."
    "Read after reading Anya Seton's book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Katherine Swynford to be better than the print version?

    no


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

    Both needed an editor to cut sections.


    Which character – as performed by Judith Boyd – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book after Anya Seton's "Katherine" so that the historical inaccuracies of Ms. Seton's book doesn't bother you.

    One thing I did like about the book is that it explained the fall of Richard II and the rise of Henry IV

    Ms. Weir went on tangents that didn't really belong in the book or may have been better in an appendix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Mary is quietly celebrating her independence, having nursed her ailing mother for many years. She decides to write a book to bring the plight of the poor to everyone's attention. But with more resolve than experience, as she sets out to travel around the country, it's not only her family who are concerned about her....

    Amanda says: "Take it or leave it."
    "Lackluster sequel to Pride and Prejudice"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was well-spent in that it satisfied my curiosity about the book, but the plot was a bit over the top for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Did Jen Taylor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a very good job differentiating the characters with accents and tone of voice. Unfortunately, the tone she gave to Mary Bennet made her sound like a woman in her 60's or 70's instead of a woman in her late 30's.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, the over-the-top melodramatic plot was blech.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have grand romantic notions about the marriage between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, this novel will squash them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Cokie Roberts
    • Narrated By Cokie Roberts
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities.

    William says: "Ladies of Liberty"
    "Ladies of Iron Will"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting stories about the founding of our country as told by the founders wives and daughters. It only increased my respect for Dolly Madison.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ladies of Liberty?

    The fact that women's charitable organizations had unmarried ladies be the treasurer so that a husband couldn't get his hands on their funds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Almost any scene with Dolly Madison.


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

    Men of vision and women of fortitude.


    Any additional comments?

    Cokie Roberts does a great job narrating her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brene Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (748)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    Laura says: "Really powerful"
    "Definitely a book for Type A people"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably my sister who does too much


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I realized that I was already embracing the lifestyle she spoke about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Hamlet's father has just died. By the time they've filled in the grave, his mother has remarried. Hamlet suspects foul play, and it's troubling his spirit. Or maybe he was always troubled. Ophelia is in love with him. His best friend Horatio can't work him out. Then, on a cold, still night, Hamlet meets the ghost of his father.

    Carol Palmer says: "What a way to slaughter a classic play"
    "What a way to slaughter a classic play"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The accent of the narrator was all wrong. Is he Australian, New Zealand, some sort of lower class English accent? The accent just grated on my nerves because I felt it did not mesh with the story.


    What was most disappointing about John Marsden’s story?

    What time period was this in? The same as the play? Modern? No clue


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Humphrey Bower?

    Patrick Stewart


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hamlet?

    All the sexually frustrated Ophelia scenes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ali Wentworth
    • Narrated By Ali Wentworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Growing up in a family of political journalists - and daughter of President Reagan’s White House social secretary - Ali Wentworth rebelled against her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, motorcycles, even a few wildly inappropriate marriage proposals. Today she is an acclaimed comedic actress and writer, former Oprah regular, wife of political and media star George Stephanopoulos, and a mother who lets her two girls eat cotton candy before bed. Though she’s settled down, her rebellious nature thrives in her comedy and her view of her crazy world.

    karyn says: "Loved It!"
    "You will disturb others with your laughter"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this book to be incredibly funny. I kept wondering, "Did her husband read this before it was published?"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her mother, Bunny, had some of the greatest lines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Looking at the fellowship hall of the Greek Orthodox church and figuring out how to have a wedding reception there.


    Any additional comments?

    I also read Tina Fey's book and this book is just as if not more funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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