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Ann

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  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (399)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "Who knew?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I make my living from the human relationship with dogs. As part of that living, I ensure each canine companion in my care has a current rabies vaccination. Little did I appreciate the rich history of the disease and just how essential that vaccination was to allow our relationship with these critters to develop.


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  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
    "Pseudo intellectual tripe"
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    Would you try another book from Jared Diamond and/or Rob Shapiro?

    No.


    Has The Third Chimpanzee turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre not at all. This guy, yes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. This is just a thesis and not well thought out. I couldn't finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1078)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "It is scary that people get sucked into this."
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    If you could sum up Going Clear in three words, what would they be?

    Frighteningly ignorant people.


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

    A study in how to manipulate idiots.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a little long and drawn out, but overall is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1359)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Great story, fantastic performance, and history!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a female friend, as it is a bit of a chick story, but i would recommend wholeheartedly. Darling and engaging, I was really pulling for the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, because she her love for these folks was infectious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Rum Doodle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By W. E. Bowman
    • Narrated By Terry Wale, Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became established as mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak, many thought it inspired by the 1953 conquest of Everest. But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures, of Bill Tilman and his 1937 account of the Nandi Devi expedition. The book's central and unforgettable character, Binder, is one of the finest creations in comic literature.

    Ann says: "If you like Money Python, you will love Rum Doodle"
    "If you like Money Python, you will love Rum Doodle"
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    If you could sum up The Ascent of Rum Doodle in three words, what would they be?

    Cute British giggles.


    Which character – as performed by Terry Wale and Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    Each was great in there own way.


    Any additional comments?

    As an American, It takes a little while to learn the British-isms, but it is well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (237)

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "interesting, but a bit long"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Gabler and/or Arthur Morey?

    The subject matter was well researched and relatively engaging. However, I feel the story could have benefitted from some editing for pace. The book was a bit long overall and I caught myself checking several times how many chapters were left.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (480)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "More people should know this"
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    Where does The Alchemy of Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high in interesting subject matter. Knowing this story is an essential basis to understand the challenges we have overcome to allow the expansion of the human race on earth and what might be required to support its continued growth. Yet, with so much discussion of organic farming, gmos, etc, few people seem to understand this important part of our agricultural history. The core story is expertly intermingled with world history to teach a profound lesson about how just a handful of men can change the course of life as we know it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • England My England: Anglophilia Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Mark Dery
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

    Janice says: "Failure to achieve objective."
    "pointless"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Dery and/or Mark Ashby?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Dery’s story?

    I saw no overarching point to the essay. It seemed to just be an opportunity to try to impress people with needlessly flowery language and spew insults to m political opposition.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Ashby?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from England My England?

    The author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hilarious

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Louis C. K.
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Louis C.K.'s unique observations of everyday life go way beyond politically incorrect and his views of human behavior are more than hilarious in this stand-up event. Filmed at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI, C.K.'s performance proves he is every bit the title of his special.

    colleen says: "Funny but way too short"
    "What happened at the end?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first 75% was hilarious. The last 25 was political and awful.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Louis C. K.? Why or why not?

    I was so turned off by the end, I think no.


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

    Timing and delivery


    Did Hilarious inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Mostly great but fell off a cliff at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1114)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "How could you not love Bill Bryson?"
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    Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Bill Bryson. I don't think he has published much I haven't read. This is high on my list of Bryson favorites. Perhaps third behind "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Thunderbolt Kid"


    What other book might you compare One Summer to and why?

    Not a book, but this one reminded me of the wonderful documentaries the History Channel used to do with Edward Herman Narration. If you don't love history, travel, and lots of lists, Bryson might not be your guy. If, however, you loved "around the world in 80 days" on PBS with Michaels Palin, you will love this.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    I love his combo british - mid American sensibility and the way he seems to always be chuckling at himself under his breath.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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