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Ursula

Kensington, MD, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17083)
    Performance
    (12986)
    Story
    (12924)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Paper version must lack punctuation"
    Overall

    Tina Fey reads this book as though it lacks a single comma, period, or paragraph break and does so at full speed. Although this presentation might work well for the dialog of a character in a sit com, it drives you crazy as an audible book lover. I am surprised by the number of folks who had commented that she'd been a good choice as the narrator. And, at half way through the book, I have yet to experience one chuckle.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rocks Don't Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David R. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Gary Telles
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating theworld’s flood stories and - drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists - discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism.

    Male Perspective says: "Very Educational"
    "Religion drives science which drives religion"
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    What did you love best about The Rocks Don't Lie?

    It made me aware of the extent to which the religious beliefs of the day influenced scientific interpretations.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have used a better editor and tightened up the narrative. At times it just went on and on. Overall, though, a very thought-provoking narrative.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Pavilions

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

    Velan says: "Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love."
    "The leading male character has a woman's mind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Far Pavilions? What did you like least?

    I liked the setting in India and the sounds of the foreign names and places, plus the sense of history. What I disliked the most is the constant "narrative" of what's happening and what the characters are thinking. Too often, the thoughts are juevenile. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book much more were I 40 years younger and the plot, therefore, less predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    The book should have been billed as "young adult." I've never met a man as meladramatic as the lead in this story.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (2435)
    Story
    (2447)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A great "young adult" fiction listen"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    Caroline Lee does an excellent job narrating. Kate Morton's story was fine, but it aims toward a younger listener. Unlike a few other reviewers, I realized how it must end before I was halfway through the listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (820)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "A great listen and would make a good movie"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening. It held my interest and attention all the way through. The plot's twists and turns and the interesting characters made this a good listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1472)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Books like this make me wish I'd studied science"
    Overall

    Excellent, interesting, entertaining, and educational. Books like this bring science to life. As a cancer survivor, the subject was even more engaging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (334)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "Interesting subject, painful listen"
    Overall

    By the end of the book, I couldn't wait for it to be over. The listening wasn't a pleasant experience.

    The narrator's sense of appropriate pauses and emphasis were off and anoying. Part of this was due to an awkward writing style. (Perhaps a better editor and a different narrator would have helped?)

    Never-the-less, I kept up with it because the subject was interesting and I did learn a lot about Cleopatra, Julius Ceasar, Mark Antony, and Augustus.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mental Detox Self Hypnosis Collection: Subconscious Influence, Declutter the Mind, Free the Mind, Self-Hypnosis, Self-Help, NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Erick Brown
    • Narrated By Erick Brown
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Do you find that you have difficulty concentrating? Details pass you by, and you find that you are overlooking the little things in life that would normally bring you joy? Perhaps you have a favorite hobby that you haven’t picked up in a while, or maybe you want to spend more quality time with your family and friends, but have can’t seem to get around to it? You may be suffering from a cluttered mind. In this age of rapid-fire technological innovation, we often become over-stimulated without realizing it.

    Carl says: "Very effective"
    "Author can't count"
    Overall

    It's very disconcerting to listen to how he's going to count backward as you relax and have him skip #4. Drove me crazy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4432)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1734)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Crude and shallow characters"
    Overall

    I downloaded this title because the sequel just came out and seemed interesting. The protagonist is rude, crude, sarcastic, and unappealing. His adversary, Then Lion, isn't credible. Plus, the author doesn't "get" federal rules and has federal employees flying first class and being served food by Uncle Sam. Neither is legal. No wonder folks get such a poor picture of federal employees.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Africans

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Lamb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Written in 1983, The Africans is a remarkable and very personal commentary on the people of this vast continent. It offers colorful, close-up views of presidents, peasants, guerilla leaders, and merchants while tracing a vivid history of one of the most varied populations on earth. Everyone interested in world cultures will find The Africans a fascinating experience.

    Ursula says: "Would have been great 25 years ago"
    "Would have been great 25 years ago"
    Overall

    This would have been a great listen were it 1985 or so. The material is very dated and I expect Africa is very different now than it was 25 years ago when this book was written. It's based on the author's experiences in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    Enough said.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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