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S

Willow Beach, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004

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285
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40
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  • Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Maziar Bahari, Aimee Molloy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiance, Paola, that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.

    loix says: "Book that would've shined but for the narration"
    "Important Insights"
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    The imprisonment of innocent people in Iran holds a certain fascination to me. I have enjoyed other accounts of this dreadful practice, and this book stands out as being an exceptional account. I appreciate the author's detail and his skill in painting an accurate picture of what this experience was for him. I also appreciate his love for Iran and his sense of hope for change. I appreciate his courage as a journalist.

    I would have expected, however, that the narrator would be better able to pronounce Iranian words. I know enough Farsi to know that Stephen Hoyle massacred the script. That part was most disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (444)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (396)

    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."
    "A Difficult Read"
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    The book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus is a very difficult "listen." First, the examples of "cures" that were practiced prior to Lister become tedious. I certainly did not feel a need to delve so deeply into the arena of error. The theories of the causes were interesting enough, but the book really does not pick up speed until Lister enters with his life transforming work.

    I found it interesting that Lister ran into the same problems as proponents of modern vaccines do today. It's hard to pit science against politics today - and it was in Lister's time as well. That is an interesting historical perspective.

    I must say, however, that I found the narrator to be very annoying. He pronounces words well - and seems to adopt various accents well, but his vocal quality is tiring and his interpretation of the sentences is so incongruous as to leave one wondering what the purpose of some of the sentences would have been.

    I think this would have been a better "read" than "listen."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (364)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "Disappointing"
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    I have been a Mitch Albom fan ever since reading "Tuesdays With Morrie." I appreciate his spirituality that lacks the evangelistic religious fervor that trips up some authors. I'm disappointed in this book, however. Mr. Albom does extensive research into the development of the telephone. I learned some fascinating facts about the development of this device that we often take for granted. However, when talking about the various religious leaders, it is obvious that Mr. Albom has not done his homework - and he speaks the language of religion as though it were his third or fourth language.

    The story is poignant, if not surprising, and that is what carried me to the end of the book. I'll still read future books . . . but might check them out of the library rather than purchasing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (704)

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

    Wayne says: "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"
    "A step back in history . . ."
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    I have read most of Patricia Cornwell's books. I loved her gift as a wordsmith . . . not an academic, but a person who has learned her craft well. I was surprised in this book to realize that it was a step way back in time . . . the characters were young and many of the "latest" technical developments are ancient history in the technological sense of the word. Having said that . . . Patricia Cornwell is a masterful story teller and this book is no exception. It is skillfully written and reflects the technology and environment of the day. (does anyone else remember the gritty powdered hand soap in public washrooms????). The story is certain to hold your attention - and the issues addressed (police scandal) are remarkably forward thinking.

    I must however, take exception to the narrator. I gave her 2 stars only because she didn't mispronounce any words. Her accents were everywhere from the deep south to downtown Boston (and everything in between - sometimes in the same sentence). The volume of her voice ranges from very quiet to very loud - making it a difficult listen because of the variations in volume. Her narrating was a detraction from a very well written mystery!

    For those medical mystery lovers, however, this is a great "read." Just hold disbelief in suspense when the accents for the characters are "off-putting" - and keep your hand on the volume control so you neither miss important passages nor blast your ears to an unhealthy jump in volume. It's well worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Over Lemons

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Chris Stewart
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    At age 17, Chris Stewart retired as the drummer of Genesis, his schoolboy band, and launched a new career as a sheep shearer and travel writer. This audiobook details his idyllic life on a remote mountain farm in Andalucia.

    Terry says: "Interesting, but ..."
    "Bleah!"
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    It took me three tries to get going in this book. At about the half way mark, it became marginally interesting - and shortly afterwards I was wishing it would end. The book has its humourous moments . . . and its really intriguing parts are few and far between. I did enjoy the author's self-effacing humour and it got a bit tedious by the end. It wasn't an "I won't even finish this book" experience - but was a definite "whew - I'm glad it's over." The narrator/author is very articulate, and his English is easy to follow (unlike some of the other narrators). A real ho-hum experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untold History of the Potato

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Reader
    • Narrated By Martin Hyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    The potato - humble, lumpy, bland, familiar - is a decidedly unglamorous staple of the dinner table. Or is it? John Reader's narrative on the role of the potato in world history suggests we may be underestimating this remarkable tuber. From domestication in Peru 8,000 years ago to its status today as the world's fourth largest food crop, the potato has played a starring - or at least supporting - role in many chapters of human history.

    Andy says: "better than fries"
    "Not what it says it will be"
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    I was looking forward to a botanical history of the potato as well as an agricultural history. This was a political history and near the end of the book I found I was just counting dangling participles . . . there were glimmerings of interesting material . . . and it just didn't measure up to my expectations! (I had just finished the History of Salt - which I enjoyed immensely, and this was a real let-down!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alphabet Alliteration

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adele Marie Crouch
    • Narrated By Adele Marie Crouch
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Are you ready for a new way to learn the alphabet? This isn't your average A B C's. Those of you who remember, "She sells seashells by the seashore", will enjoy this audiobook immensely. A twist has been added to the basic "A is for apple" that will make learning the alphabet crazy fun. Alliteration has been used for each letter of the alphabet. Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.

    S says: "Impossible to hear"
    "Impossible to hear"
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    The echo in this recording makes it impossible to hear and/or decipher what is being said. A real disappointment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1903)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Short on interest - long on verbage"
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    The actually interesting part of this book is buried in tons of statistical information - most of which has nothing to do with thought processing. In the 24 + hours of listening, I appreciated about 3 hours of content - only finishing the book because of the excellent narration! Patrick Egan is an amazing narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Train in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Caroline Moorehead
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In Paris, January 1943, 230 French women resisters were rounded up and sent on a train to Auschwitz - the only train, in the four years of the German occupation, to take women of the resistance to a death camp. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer’s wife of 68; there were among them teachers, biochemists, sales girls, secretaries, housewives and university lecturers. The women turned to one another, finding solace and strength in friendship and shared experience.

    Patrick says: "interesting story"
    "Nothing like the blurb . . ."
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    This book was supposed to be about a group of women who survived under the horrible French occupation in WWII - and how it impacted their lives. It would better be described as a detailed history of the gruesome lives that men and women lived during this time in French history. On top of this is the falsetto voice of the narrator. She may be good at elocution - but she is miserable to listen to! (sorry about the dangling participle!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (761)

    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"
    "Really????"
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    What looked like an interesting book turned out to be a scare-mongering blast on "frankenfoods" and an exploration of the merits of cannabis. I was glad when the book was done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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