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Monica

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  • 30 reviews
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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (317)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "I learned a lot and it was an interesting listen."
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    Great book for anyone who has a small child or children in their life. I learned a lot, not just based on this doctors word, but the science and statistics behind it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (799)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Fantastic writer but..."
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    I love this writer and I always enjoy his stories. However I am a sucker for a happy ending and I am often left disappointed with this particular Arthur

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Joanna David
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In this piece of social comedy, E. M. Forster is concerned with one of this favourite themes: the 'undeveloped heart' of the English middle classes, who are here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence.

    Joseph R says: "One Italian Spring"
    "Boring story good reader"
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    Did not enjoy - would feel no different had it been free. No fault of the narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "We'll written but bored me to death -"
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    The last fourth and ending of this story made the entire book seem like a waste of time. I would not want to listen to this book even if it were free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (616)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Dennis says: "Dared to let the kids listen and they loved it..."
    "HaHa! Light but interesting story"
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    This book had the dry humor of (or satire) hitchhikers guide to the galaxy combined with a Forest Gump type story line if Forrest Gump were a terrorist :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1588)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "Fantastic listen, nice change from the usual"
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    Did not get the ending I wanted... But great book along the way! Nice change from my usual listens - can't think of anything to compare this story to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1111)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "great book but..."
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    SPOILER ALERT!!!











    I enjoyed the book, great writer and story. But, I am a sucker for a happy ending... because, this is FICTION! Plenty of unhappy things in every day life. So, the last couple of chapters are my only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2600)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Certainally different..."
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    I'm feeling pretty neutral about this book. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't really what I am into.

    I picked this book from a recommendation and went into it blind with no expectations. It took me quite some time to figure out the setting was in the past of the future instead of the past of the present.

    It was not a boring listen, it was well written but I'm not looking for another of its kind like I would after a really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Louis Rhead
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity.

    D. Fearon says: "Includes stories absent from other versions"
    "Superspeed reader"
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    The stories of the Arabian Nights are very different than what Americans grew up listening to, but they really are wonderful.
    Since the concepts and stories are so unusual to us, this book should be read at a nice even speed with emphasis in the proper places.
    Instead, the reader just blows through the book and it is extremely hard to follow what on earth is going on. I slowed the playback and it was a little more tolerable, but still not so good. Had I not read this book more than once as a teenager, I don't think I would have gotten through 5 minutes.
    I ended up giving up half way through the book.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "Dont wear headphones!"
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    there is a weird, LOUD kreeeeechk sound here and there that will burst your ear drum if you are wearing headphones.

    I could not get through the first few chapters of this book. I guess I expected this book to read something like Dr. Oz's 'YOU on a diet", but that was not the case. This book was written by a journalist whose specialty is reviewing evidence of scientific hypothesis. In the few chapter I managed to get through, he goes on and on about the history of dieting.

    Not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3003)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2066)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "absolutly worth your credit!"
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    Great book, great reader. If your looking for a good long book that keeps you interested, this is definitely a top 10!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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