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Martha

NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10994)
    Performance
    (6188)
    Story
    (6237)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Devastating"
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    A beautiful and charming book, incredibly well-written and narrated with style and finesse. Much to say about life and faith, especially the role of love and belief. But in the last fascinating hour, all pretense is dropped and the story takes a chilling and devastating turn that can be neither rejected nor accepted. It will continue to haunt me, in the best sense of the word, for a long time to come.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1991)
    Story
    (1981)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Fun if implausible"
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    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Perfect vehicle for Scott Brick -- his sardonic snarkiness suits the character perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Minus a star for setting a major action sequence in a small boat on the water during a hurricane. Strains credulity to the breaking point. Plus a star for keeping me engaged in spite of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of the Human Condition (With Music)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Millicent R. Ally
    • Narrated By Millicent R. Ally
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this, her debut collection, Millicent Ally sets out to interpret her wide and sometimes painful experience of "this earthly animation . . . in the four sections [she] categorize[s] as 'Life,' 'Love,' 'Introspection,' and 'God'." A Los Angeles native who was reared in Georgia, Ally shares, in the 14 poems that comprise each of the four sections of her book, intimate details of betrayal and triumph: love gone almost right - and love gone inexplicably wrong; faith - and the crisis of its utter lack; the loving light of family - and the dark shadow it can cast.

    Martha says: "Not poetry. Not music. Not the human condition."
    "Not poetry. Not music. Not the human condition."
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    Any additional comments?

    The author seems to be very young, and her work lacks the reflective maturity demanded by such a title. Three-quarters of the poems are about falling in love or losing a love, and most of the rest are shallow (but pretty) metaphysics passing as religion. From the reading it is hard to tell whether the pieces are poetry or prose; while there are some intriguing phrases, there are no evocative images or metaphors. The "music" is just background accompaniment -- pleasant but possessing little character of its own. I prefer to be encouraging to young writers, but there really is very little to recommend this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (463)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Not Great Literature"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of a woman with Alzheimer's. The focus is on the progression of the disease and the reactions of the family and friends. It is very good for helping people understand what this process is about.
    It is not a typical story. Alice has early onset dementia, which occurs fairly young and progresses quite rapidly. Since she and her family are scientists, they are aware of what is happening and what to expect. There is little of the confusion, fear, denial and frustration (including violence) that are common. The family has resources, and they do not face the agonizing financial decisions of many.
    The author/narrator sounds quite young, and her voice lacks the maturity needed to bring this story to life. Conversations that should be difficult and poignant sound chipper and trite -- giving the impression that while she may have witnessed this story, but she has not lived deeply into it.
    That said, it is what it is: the story of a woman with Alzheimer's, and it presents many excellent insights into the lives of those who have this disease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manfred: Dramatic Poem with Music in Three Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By George Byron, Robert Schumann
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon, David Enders, Laidman Browne
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Manfred is a dramatic poem written in 1816–1817 by Lord Byron. It contains supernatural elements, in keeping with the popularity of the ghost story in England at the time. It is a typical example of a Romantic closet drama. Manfred was adapted musically by Robert Schumann in 1852, in a composition entitled Manfred: Dramatic Poem with music in Three Parts.

    Martha says: "Wanted the text"
    "Wanted the text"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I knew nothing of this poem when I began listening, and at first I found it somewhat confusing. There is no introduction or lead-in, it just begins, with full dramatic force. I spent half the recording trying to figure out what I was listening to and half getting swept up in the experience. The music is beautiful and the acting superb. I will seek out the written text and listen again with more literary understanding.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Greer
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    California Book Award-winner Greer presents a hilarious and immaculately written story set in L.A., exploring the inevitability of failure. The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check-cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application.

    Martha says: "A Fun Read"
    "A Fun Read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrative changes from one character to another fairly quickly, so I had to pay attention at the beginning to figure out who was speaking, but it got easier as I got used to it. In the meantime, the dialogue, perspective and commentary of each character were so entertaining that paying attention was easy. The story develops in a circular fashion rather than a linear one, so people who are looking for a straightforward, easy-to-read ordinary book won't find it here. Those who want a well-written, clever, literary novel will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What to Eat: Food That's Good for Your Health, Pocket and Plate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joanna Blythman
    • Narrated By Lucy Paterson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Covering all the pressing food dilemmas of our times, What to Eat, by award-winning food writer Joanna Blythman, helps you make sensible, thoughtful, and practical choices about what to eat each day, irrespective of your income. Food should be one of life's greatest pleasures yet, increasingly, choosing it is becoming a chore. Bombarded by questions such as ‘Is red meat bad for you?’ and ‘Is local always best?’ it’s difficult to know what to eat.

    Martha says: "More of a Reference Book"
    "More of a Reference Book"
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    Where does What to Eat: Food That's Good for Your Health, Pocket and Plate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a listing of foods, with discussion of their economic, health and ecological advantages and drawbacks. There is a lot of good and interesting information, but I wish I had gotten the print version instead of audio. Also, since the book was published in the UK, much of the information is more applicable to that context than to the US. However, it did inspire me to do more research to find comparable information about the area where I live.


    What about Lucy Paterson’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an amazing job of sounding enthusiastic about organic produce. Many entries had identical information (for example, the entries for beef, pork, lamb, eggs, and butter contained identical information about changes in attitudes toward saturated fats), but she managed to sound as if it was all new and exciting. I also really enjoyed her accent and the British pronunciations of words like VIT-amins and regu-LA-try.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent compendium of useful information. I hope someone translates it into American.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (144)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "NOT New Orleans!"
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    As a resident of New Orleans, I was truly offended by this book. It sounded like Barr wrote her story first, and then spent a week in the French Quarter to gather some color. Some of her descriptions sounded like they came right out of the introduction to a guide book. Other than Anna's friend Geneva, no New Orleanians were presented in a sympathetic light -- they were all hookers, swindlers, muggers, on the take, corrupt, and, of course, pedophiles. Nor does she explore the character of the city itself, except for some facile comments about how Katrina cleaned up the streets. She sounded like she really hates the place. While supposedly connected to the National Jazz Historic Site and Museum, nothing about the story is even remotely about jazz -- even Anna's friend was a BLUES singer.

    As for the story, she kept interrupting the action to philosophize on self-deception or to emote about how disgusting child sex abuse is. I got the feeling that not even Barr herself could really stomach the subject, so she had to keep distancing herself from it. The plot itself was decent, but it could have been set in any major city, a whole bunch of small cities, and even an isolated town or two.

    Narration was okay. Frequent mispronunciations were jarring, but par for the course.

    I've been a fan of Nevada Barr for a long time, but she lost her way with this one, and she may have lost a loyal fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1704)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "I Was Disappointed"
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    I picked up this book to help understand my wheat sensitivity. He did do a good job of explaining why wheat makes me stomach hurt, what other damage it may be doing, and how to rearrange my food planning to eliminate the discomfort. It was good support for my decision to eliminate wheat, though I'm not yet convinced I need to go completely gluten-free as I have not had problems with spelt, oats, barley or rye.

    The science was a bit too technical for me. If I decide to go back through the material again, I will probably buy the book so I can review it more carefully.

    My disappoint came as Davis turned from "wheat" to "gluten" to "all foods that raise blood sugar" to "soy is suspect because it might be genetically modified." I have simply read too many books that pick a single ingredient and blame all the troubles of the world on it: sugar, red meat, all animal products, cow's milk, saturated fat, processed food, out-of-season food, cooked food, uncooked food, etc. Each of them presents scientific studies to support their claims, stories of their own patients who showed dramatic improvement by following their advice, and dramatic warnings of the imminent demise of the civilized world. They all have some truth to them, they are all over-blown, and by overstating their case, they all undermine their own credibility.

    People are not all exactly alike. Our differing chemistry shows in our allergies and sensitivities, our susceptibility to different conditions, our tastes and our physical appearance. What one person could eat for every meal makes a different person deathly ill, and what causes chronic inflammation in one can be the mainstay of another's daily consumption. Why is it so hard for dietary professionals to understand that a one-size diet does not fit all? The "Wheat Belly Diet" is a modification of Atkins, which was very successful for some people and caused gall bladder, liver and kidney problems for others.

    I think that Davis has made an important contribution. I just wish he had been content with that instead of trying to reform the whole world.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Motivation and Total Confidence: Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Guided Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    • Narrated By Erick Brown Hypnosis
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    "Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. You don't feel like doing anything. I've been there, and in fact I still feel that way from time to time. You're not alone. Listen to Extreme Motivation and Total Confidence and start take on things you don't feel like doing."

    Martha says: "Very Helpful"
    "Very Helpful"
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    Since using this recording, I have been sleeping better and awaking with more energy. I have addressed a long-standing problem and am on the way to resolving it. I have also begun a new exercise program, and I am feeling relaxed and confident about it.

    Hypnosis works by distracting the conscious mind and making suggestions to the sub-conscious mind. On recordings, the suggestions are covered by the sound of surf, music, or other spoken material. Your sub-conscious hears what your conscious can't, and either accepts or rejects the suggestions, depending on your readiness to incorporate them into your life. It isn't magic, it's just support for changes that you are ready to make.

    This recording contains one track of general introduction to hypnosis, one track of relaxation exercises, three tracks of surf and subliminal suggestions, and one track of fully audible review of the subliminal material. My only criticism is that the instructions suggest listening to the "title track" once a day for 21 days, but there is no way to know which is the "title track." Possibly this information was included on the packaging of the retail version, but it is not available on Audible. I contacted Brown's organization through their website to try to get this info, but I never received a reply.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Good book, bad narrator"
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    I enjoyed the book, and I appreciated the complexity of the characters. However, the author writes with a subtle and very funny irony, but the narrator played it as a broad farce. It made the book seem juvenile rather than literary. He really missed the point, and I had to keep compensating for his dumbing-down of a lovely and touching story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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