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Marie

Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

WASHINGTON, DC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 53 reviews
  • 133 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (532)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Another free book where I got what I paid for"
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    This audiobook was mildly amusing, not horrible and just about tolerable. There were parts I could have lived without, but it isn't long enough for one to tune out. I don't think I would have paid for this if I had to pay money, and I sure as heck would not waste a credit on it. This is one of those books where the author reads, and I find his voice slightly irritating, but it does give the stories the right voice. As I wrote, "just about tolerable". I was barely familiar with the author's work, from his work on NPR, and of all the writers and whomevers to appear on This American Life, I like others more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark D. White, Robert Arp
    • Narrated By Mark D. White
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (93)

    Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

    Josiah says: "Its interesting but stretches a bit."
    "Dull"
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    This was a chore to slog through, until I decided to give up on it. I've leaned to the Batman and psychology book and hoped this was more of the same. Sort of, but far less interesting. Maybe another narrator, one who is a little bit more animated than this one may have helped. I gave the story three stars because it wasn't a total waste. I did learn something for the few hours I tolerated the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batman's Helpers: A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Step into the shoes of Matthew Scudder, one of the titular Batman’s Helpers. And how does he help Batman? He’s part of a group of people hired by Warner Brothers to confiscate pirated Batman products from vendors selling them on the streets of New York.

    Marie says: "So bad even 30 minutes more was too long"
    "So bad even 30 minutes more was too long"
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    We love Batman. We love everything about Batman. This is sort of about Batman, but more about fake Batman merchandise and scaring the immigrant street vendors that sell the stuff. About a few minutes in we just could not get into it and it didn't seem worth our time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Dirk Maggs
    • Narrated By Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon, Bob Sessions
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon and Bob Sessions star in this thrilling radio drama featuring the Batman. ‘This is the Batman. Treat what you are about to hear in the strictest confidence - my associates must be protected at all costs. By night in Gotham City you knew me as the Batman. What you never knew was...’ The Batman is dead. Police Commissioner Gordon has received a recording by the Batman which reveals his real identity. But who is the occupant of Wayne Manor?

    Andre says: "Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome"
    "Nice dramatization of a Batman story"
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    We listened to this in the car for a short trip and overall liked this dramatization that seems to have taken place in the 80s because there are dictaphones and cassettes mentioned. We also noticed that this would be a good listen for someone not that familiar with the Batman, as there is a of review and flashbacks, explaining his origin, why Barbara Gorden is in a chair, etc. Yet there is not so much review that it is dull to the Batman fan. My problem was I couldn't figure out why Harvey Dent sounded like an idiot, when I realized the character was supposed to be Harvey Bullock. I also took issue with the Joker's voice. I should also note that the actor for the Batman character does not give his character the graveli-ness we've come accustomed to with the Batman films, another hint as to the age of this dramatization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1492)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Figuring out the Love Languages"
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    My spouse had read this book for a previous engagement's per-martial counseling.. long story. Anyway the book really stuck with him even though the fiance didn't and he'd refer to it often enough that I figured I should give the book a listen so we'd be on the same page.
    It is useful. To sum it up, everyone expresses love differently and we should be aware of each others way of showing love and acknowledging it as valid.
    The author/narrator was conversational and kept it entertaining. However, I did not care for the interview style "forward" in the beginning. I was worried that I had gotten the wrong "Love Languages" book. There are like a zillion of them, like the "Chicken Soup" books. It seemed to go for well over half an hour. Thankfully I didn't quit the book early.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

    Mark says: "Narrator Nearly Ruins the Story"
    "Needs another narrator"
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    I must agree with other reviewers that the narration could be better. I was too aware of his breathing, pauses and well, him. It's like going to see a play and you're seated where you can see the backstage so well it distracts from time to time from the play.
    I saw the movie before listening to the book, so another distraction was the mental comparisons between the movie and the book. The ex-wife plays less of a role than she did in the movie, the government structure becomes more prominent, and the environment gets more rural than urban. Yet, as always the book is far better than the movie.
    Another, and this could be annoying, distraction was how the author wrote the book with two voices. One is in the first person of Theo as he fills his diary. The other is written in the third person. At times I had to ask myself and wonder if the book was in diary mode or not.
    Though the main character is pretty much an atheist/agnostic the story is dripping with Christian themes and references. There are no perfect Christians in this story, everyone is broken in one way or another.
    Overall it is an engaging book, despite the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Prepping: Be Ready For Disaster Without Driving Yourself Crazy

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Marcus Duke
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    People say that "you can never be too prepared" for a disaster - and while that is true, there is such a thing as over-preparation. If preparing for a possible disaster in the future significantly impairs your family's quality of life today, you might need to reassess your priorities. Living in a constant state of terror and paranoia is not something I am particularly fond of. I'm not one of those people who has built such an incredible fortress for myself that I'm almost giddy about the idea of getting a chance to use it.

    Marie says: "Short & Semi-practical"
    "Short & Semi-practical"
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    If the whole Northern Hemisphere goes to heck in handbasket, then what is learned in this is completely applicable. If your bug out plan is to run for the woods, maybe this might be helpful. If you have alternative plans already and just want to think out what you may need should you and your family need to run to the hills this is helpful. The best part is that it is not long winded.
    Unfortunately, it does not cover small scale disasters where running for the hills would be a silly option if the problem is super-local, just one part of modern society and or you or your family is expected to show up for work/ school next week (think Sandy in NYC & NJ).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Primary Source History of the Colony of Pennsylvania

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Melody S. Mis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn, a Quaker, sole proprietorship of more than 450,000 acres of land. The colony of Pennsylvania soon offered thousands of European settlers the civil liberties, representative government, and affordable land they wanted.

    Marie says: "Good for a short car trip to PA"
    "Good for a short car trip to PA"
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    We listened to this short primer on the early history of Pennsylvania on our way from Maryland to Pennsylvania for vacation. It helped get us in the proper mindset to appreciate the state's history since we also planned to hit a few historical sites.
    The audiobook is aimed at an general all ages group so it just covers the basics but isn't dumbed down. I also liked the narrator's deep rich voice and the story left us wanting a bit more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leigh Gallagher
    • Narrated By Jessica Geffen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    For nearly 70 years, the suburbs were as American as apple pie. But in recent years things have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live. In The End of the Suburbs journalist Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs.

    Marie says: "Informative, but the title is a lie"
    "Informative, but the title is a lie"
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    This was informative regarding cities and suburbs and the Toll Brothers. It was interesting enough to come back to when I would tire of it after listening to it for several hours. But in the end I didn't get what I really wanted, which was a real sense regarding the future of cities and suburbs.
    I can save you a credit if you want to know if the suburbs are going the way of the dodo, they aren't, according to this book. They are changing, and you will get a history of the suburbs in America, but no end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1010)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Jacqueline says: "Lighthearted Mystery--Easy Listening"
    "I got what I paid for..."
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    I could not finish this audio book, and since it was free I felt free to delete it and never consider going back to it.
    The problem was I didn't care about any of the characters, save Giles the butler, but even he couldn't carry this. I understand that this is in relation to a reality game show, which apparently excuses poor character development. It was when the 2nd murder occurred, it was clear that these people weren't going to get any more interesting, and found it hard to believe that people would react that way if there was a chance that most of them will die. They behaved, at least as far as I got, like people on a second rate reality tv game show. The people, except Giles, all seemed shallow and petty or one dimensional and I wouldn't want to have a drink or spend time with any of them, so why would I care if they died?
    So I cut my losses.
    The narration is good, but, still a poor story is a poor story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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