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Debra

Wheeling, IL, United States

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  • Animals Make Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

    Debra says: "Interesting in general, but repetitive"
    "Interesting in general, but repetitive"
    Overall

    Temple Grandin is autistic, and it has given her insights about how animals percieve the world. It's quite interesting, knowing her own challenges have given her a unique view. As others have said, this is not a sentimental homage to animals, it is practical and well described. She is clear when she is stating her opinion, the findings of her research and the research of others. It results in a unique blend of common speech and collegiate dissertation that is sometimes repetitive. I think her first book, Animals in Translation, was better, but it's still a good read for anyone with an interest in trying to understand more about animals.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1384)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "book 1 of 2 books."
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    really good story and performance but Blackout ends with a cliff-hanger. All Clear, the next book picks up where Blackout left off. I would have been mightily annoyed by this if I didn't happen to have an extra credit handy and could download the next book right away. I think it is worth getting both books - but I don't think you should have to find out about the second one when the first one just stops rather than ending....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Thames and the Tiber: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ted Riccardi
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson traverse the British Isles and the Italian peninsula in a rousing new series of adventures. After a thrilling jaunt in the Far East, Holmes and Watson return to England to address an inheritance left by one of Watson's relatives in Cornwall, half of which he gave to his dear friend, Sherlock Holmes. Financially secure, the two are now free to spend as much time on Baker Street and the Continent as they please - until clues surface that Holmes' great nemesis, Professor Moriarty, might still be alive….

    Debra says: "Yawn"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Simon Prebble is an excellent performer, but the material is just not that interesting. And having sections in Italian or French, or German does not make it more worth listening to for me. While it does suggest a couple of different possibilities, it is just kind of dull. I didn't even make it into the 3rd story. Or,was it the second. Can't remember.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Vanneman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In a crafty new novel featuring the world's greatest literary detective, Alan Vanneman extends the boundaries of the Sherlock Holmes canon with this novel. A late-night summons takes Holmes and Dr. Watson from the cozy Victorian comforts of Baker Street to the Orient Express, where they travel the breadth of Europe to exotic Constantinople. But danger's afoot, for death, too, is traveling first class.

    Keith says: "Quite remarkable!"
    "Watson has sex"
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    I am not opposed to sex scenes in novels but this is supposed to be a Sherlock Holmes story, not Watson's lusty life. The authors detailed descriptions of the marginal and irrelevant does nothing to inspire listening even though the plot has some interest, it isnt enough to keep me. Though Mr Vance gives an excellent performance, this book is being returned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil:: And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donald Thomas
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    In these five tales, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: he co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed Siege of Sydney Street, helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram, establishes a link between two missing lighthouse keepers and the royal treasures of King John, contends with a supernatural curse places upon an eccentric aristocrat, and discovers a lost epic of Lord Byron.

    Michael says: "Don't waste your money."
    "Yes! Sherlockians will like"
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    Good performance overall. The story is the thing though- I just listened to all of the Conan Doyle Holmes stories and Mr Thomas rings true with these additional adventures. I definitely recommend.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespeare Globe Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Barry Day
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    London 1899 and a matter of grave national importance. American impresario Florenz Adler, has rebuilt Shakespeare's Globe playhouse. The grand opening is to take place in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Amid the excitement, the actors receive sinister warnings in the form of cryptic quotations from Shakespeare's plays and a drawing of a rose. A hoax? A literary joke? But not for long - the joke turns sour as the murders begin, each an exact copy of a death in a Shakespeare play.

    Debra says: "Look for better options elsewhere"
    "Look for better options elsewhere"
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    Performance
    Story

    Annoying reading style, choppy. At points I wondered if performer was severely asthmatic. Too many comma insertions in the text. Too many modern anachronisms. Plot point based on something that didn't happen for 25years after the story timeline. Then, unforgivable to me, rehash of Conan Doyle plot points and phrases. Not homages, outright copy. Glad it was extra cheap on sale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2838)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Easy, comfortable, pleasant and, pretty amazing"
    Overall
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    I never paid much attention to Rob Lowe until the West Wing, in which I thought he was remarkably good. I enjoyed him in Austin Powers and of course knew about the stupid sex tape - and was kind of iffy about this book - but the reviews talked me into it - and Im glad they did. It was an interesting story about an improbable life that turned into a really decent and friendly guy. No tabloid junk here, just matter of fact and personal. I recommend it for a pleasant listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (990)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
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    Absolutely excellent from first to last. Too engrossing to listen at bedtime - it wil keep you up. I'm a big fan of Holmes in many iterations - Larry Millett and Laurie King among others, but Anthony Horowitz really captures it all - the essence of a good Holmes story - plus excellent description of place, action and character - brought leaping to life by Derek Jacobi - truly a brilliant and lush performance. Even if you are not a Holmes fan - this is a great book. I'm pretty fussy and rarely, if ever, have given such an unabashed 5 star review. This one is sooooooo worth it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written descriptions of irrelevant story of an implied intrigue. Holmes doesn't even appear until 2/3 of the way through. Missing the essential Holmes-Russell story telling. Missing any sense of real intrigue until chapter 34 or so. Read all the other Mary Russell books but skip this one. A long way down from the emotional depth of the last 3 books. Humor lies flat because the story is so often full of pointless detail, I found myself not caring much about any of the characters or the plot. Nope, skip this one.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (787)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "a bit mysoginistic but still fascinating"
    Overall

    Melvyn Bragg is one of the actual persons that all the comedians mocking the ponderously educated English gentleman are modeling. Depending on your tastes, this book is either full of the lush and deep details and patriotic pride that feels like featherbed, or it is suffocating and tedious. The content is fascinating, but you best be patient. Give a listen to Mr. Bragg's podcast, In Our Time, and you'll get a sense of his style. He writes just as he talks. If you like his podcast, you will really like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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