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heather

ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • 16 reviews
  • 42 ratings
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  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"
    "a fine intro to music history"
    Overall

    This audio-book was perfect as a general review or an intro to further studies in Music History. Some strange selections of "important musicians" and some odd selections of music but overall fairly interesting. Reads a little like liner- notes, and is somewhat textbook-ish in tone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (719)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "An excellent find"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was not at all what I expected from the subtitle but it was an intriguing story nonetheless. Mystery, history, philosophy, the Vatican, rare book hunters, colourful characters and much more. All of this revolving around the rather accidental rediscovery of a lost text. Who knew something so seemingly small would have such an incredible influence on western culture. Very interesting! really enjoyed it.

    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
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1480)

    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.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Hmmm, who knew?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    An interesting argument.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of intriguing and somewhat controversial ideas to challenge current thinking on nutrition.


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

    He reads in a "no holds barred" style which demonstrates the author's evident frustration with the state of the SAD -standard american diet.


    Any additional comments?

    It should not be the only nutrition book you read but is definitely one of the great new approaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ageless Memory: Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young: Foolproof Methods for People Over 50

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harry Lorayne
    • Narrated By Harry Lorayne
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    With this one audiobook, you will learn to remember anything you see, read, or hear the very first time you see, read, or hear it, and retain it for as long as you like. You'll be able to recall names and faces, even years later; never miss an appointment or misplace keys, glasses, or valuables; give speeches without notes; learn English and foreign words and phrases easily; excel at card and other games.

    Terry says: "My favorite audible book so far"
    "Useful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    interesting concept and info presented by a great character....delightful voice! Like listening to an old vaudevillian deliver a lecture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Minutes to Relax

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Dr. Paul Overman
    • Narrated By Dr. Paul Overman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Ten Minutes to Relax was created by Dr. Paul Overman, a psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of stress management. Calm breathing techniques and vivid imagery will help you discover a peaceful place inside you. Ten minutes is all you need to free your mind, rejuvenate your body, renew your spirit, and experience the vitality and well being that you deserve.

    heather says: "very "relaxing""
    "very "relaxing""
    Overall

    Very gentle narrator with good background music. Some of the 10 minute guided visualizations seem a bit funny at first and they gave me a few giggles but now I like to listen to them as I walk and it makes my walks really relaxing.It was definitely worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Books That Changed the World

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell, and others
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval, or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book.

    heather says: "Learn a few new things"
    "Learn a few new things"
    Overall

    I did in fact learn a few new things listening to this book. I found my self asking what books I would have chosen if I had to choose 12 world-altering books. I believe that this author has written other more "inspired" books but still it was a worthwhile, short listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    Edward says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    This is a BEAUTIFUL book presented by the perfect narrator. What a treat. Even though it is the history of the world in a nutshell and it was written for children, I found that it filled in or solidified some of the more sketchy parts of my general knowledge. The book was written a long time ago and as a result contains a few antique view-points which, on the whole, do not detract from the delightful tone of this work.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Grays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Now Whitley Strieber, author of the #1 best seller Communion, which detailed his own close encounters, returns with The Grays, a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens. This audiobook will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    L. says: "EXCELLENT listen"
    "Great UFO conspiracy fun"
    Overall

    I was "spooked" a bit by the beginning as the images were somewhat intense for me, but then the story really started up and I was hooked. I couldn't stop listening. A great adventure-conspiracy-thriller with tremendous potential for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at the Betrayer and Betrayed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (72)

    Lost for nearly 1,700 years, newly restored and authenticated, the Gospel of Judas presents a very different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas. Rather than paint Judas as a traitor, it portrays him as acting at Jesus' request.

    Henry Scalfo says: "Great"
    "love this author's style"
    Overall

    Another interesting book by this author. Not as engaging as Peter Paul and Mary Magdelene but nonetheless enlightening.Try reading "Misquoting Jesus" first, then "P.P. and M.M." and then follow it with "Judas".

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney.

    Patrick says: "The Best History of Britain Ever Written"
    "rule britannia"
    Overall

    Superb. Don't let the intro throw you...the book is absolutely great. It made my garden chores fly by !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Bart Ehrman, author of the best sellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, here takes listeners on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene.

    heather says: "another Ehrman gem"
    "another Ehrman gem"
    Overall

    I love the writing of this american theologian. He frequently uses a witty tone to lighten what could be heavy material. He is able to present a wealth of information in a scholarly fashion and yet he never makes you feel you are listening to a lecture. It always seems more like a good story. I'm looking forward to his next book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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