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  • 3 reviews
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  • 364 titles in library
  • 75 purchased in 2014

  • Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Massimo Pigliucci
    • Narrated By Jay Russell

    Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and - borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham - the nonsense on stilts.

    thunder road says: "Thought provoking and relevant"
    "Listen to the sample first!"

    I was desperately interested in the content of this book but the narration made me give up. Flat, with an awful buzzing quality to it, and the accent made it worse. Hopefully others don't have the same problem with this fantastic book.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Ruined by male narrator's vocal affectations"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is an epic series and rightly deserving of its fame; just listen to the sample and decide if the narration works for you before you commit.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Kate Reading is a delightful and versatile narrator but I just could not tune out the way Michael Kramer finished every.single.sentence. like a breathy male Marilyn Monroe. I didn't even get through the first chapter.

    Any additional comments?

    I really wish the whole thing had been narrated by Kate (but the books are so long she'd be at it for years!) or that Michael could have skipped the exhale on the last word of every sentence, because I was really looking forward to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife.

    Heather says: "Needs updating, research and lacks clarity"
    "Needs updating, research and lacks clarity"
    What disappointed you about The Beauty Myth?

    The subject is still very relevant to women today but the writing has not aged well. The book has an unfortunate tendency towards hyperbole and the authors description of patriarchy in western history and her hypothesis on how it creates the pressure to be beautiful needs to be overhauled in a new edition or taken with a large dose of salt.

    What was most disappointing about Naomi Wolf’s story?

    This is a topic that is deeply relevant to every woman, feminist or not, and the book doesn't do it justice.

    Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favorite?

    The narration is excellent, Suzy conveys the tone of the writing without making it laughable and is very easy to listen to.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration is excellent and made slogging through the writing to get to the underlying truth less painful.

    Any additional comments?

    An important topic, but I'd you're already past feminism 101 I'd skim through this in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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