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Netherda

Santa Rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 5 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 236 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • In the Country of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Hisham Matar
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman is caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand, where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen being interrogated on state television.

    Netherda says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
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    Story

    My 15 year old son and I listened to this book together. It was assigned to him in his English class and I am very glad it was. He's not found of reading much more than the Sports Page, so it was very gratifying to have him want to read the text while we listened to the narration. We were able to talk about the story and the characters in ways we never could have without Audible. The book also gave us a glimpse into a part of the world we know very little about and really peaked our interest. 2 thumbs up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14389)
    Performance
    (13480)
    Story
    (13498)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "WOW!"
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    Performance
    Story

    If you are skeptical or have reservations about this book, as I did, because you think it is Sci-Fi, get over it. I was hooked in the first few minutes. I listen driving to and from work - this is one of those rare books that had me driving around the neighborhood after work because I did not want to stop listening. I will be looking for more from this author (and reader!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

    Taryn says: "Borgias Brought to Life"
    "Disorganized"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great reader, but the story is so jumbled it is difficult to follow.
    I couldn't make it even half way through.
    Not worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (445)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Caution - book refers to visual references"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The performance is fine, but throughout, the text makes references to pictures, illustrations and other visual aids which the listener cannot see.
    It's frustrating and detracts from the book. I could not finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "Un-Plugged"
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    The reader did a great job bringing life to the characters, but a thriller about hair plugs??? Really???
    Not worth time, nor the credit I used to listen to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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