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Hooge Zwaluwe, Netherlands | Member Since 2008

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  • 11 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (749)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Food for thought"
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    In 4 separate stories, this book looks at the way mankind has influenced the evolution and global distribution of specific plants (apples, tulips, potatoes and marijuana). This leads the author to question who is actually using who.
    I found the stories interesting and fun.
    The narrator's voice is somewhat nasal, which annoyed me a little bit, but not such that it marred by enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17219)
    Performance
    (15297)
    Story
    (15250)

    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"
    "A good read!"
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    Once started, I found this book hard to put down. Although the main character seems somewhat one-dimensional, the story held my interest. The book offers a whole new take on time travel, which I found intriguing in all its implications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    Jefferson says: "Looking at the Sea with Loving Relish"
    "Ripping yarn, wonderful characters"
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    The Aubrey-Maturin series is one of my favourite series of historical fiction. The historical backgrounds are well-researched and accurate, the plots intriguing, the writing superb. What's more, the stories are told with some humour, and with real love for the main characters which are thouroughly human and likeable despite (or because of) their faults. And there's plenty of naval warfare action, plus some science thrown in too.
    The narrator of this first book in the series is excellent, he strikes exactly the right tone of voice.
    I can't wait for the whole series to become available (*unabridged*!).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, and others
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

    Pin says: "Absolutely First Class Drama!"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I found this quite hard going. I could not sympathise with the main character, and did not get into this story at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (892)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Gripping and dark"
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    This book was hard to put down, even though some of the violent scenes were really hard to listen to. I'm a bit squeamish in that regard, so will be reading the remainder of this trilogy on paper, which I find less confronting than audio.
    That said, the story is gripping and the narration is fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3750)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3201)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Insightful and strangely comforting"
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    Reading this book gave me a series of "Aha!" moments. How wonderful and comforting to realize that my introverted nature is a strength, and does not need to be counted a weakness.
    I also found it fascinating to learn about the psychology and sociology around this topic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (629)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Magical reading for story-lovers"
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    It took me a little while to get into this, but once there I thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly enjoyed the concept of characters from a story being read out of the book into our world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2310)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Good historical detective fiction"
    Overall
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    Well written, though possibly a little bit longer than it needed to be. It held my attention though, it was an intriguing read. The who-dunnit aspect is clever, and had me puzzled for a long time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14761)
    Performance
    (9145)
    Story
    (9018)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "My favourite escapist reading!"
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    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (of which this is the first book) offers a rich mix of romance and historical fiction, with time travel as a mechanism to enable a 20th-century woman and an 18th-century Scotsman to meet and fall in love.

    Key ingredients to the whole series:
    * Feisty heroine, verra handsome hero, dastardly bad guy
    * Romance
    * Interesting additional characters and subplots
    * Excellent writing
    * Solid historical background

    Both the paper books and the audio books are firm favorites that I re-visit every now and again. Once I start reading or listening, I cannot stop until the book is finished. And then I want to start on the next book a.s.a.p.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8807)
    Performance
    (5475)
    Story
    (5499)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Excellent historical romance with time travel"
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    This whole series is great. See my review of Outlander (Cross Stitch). The time travel element adds extra interest to the already excellent romance story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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