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Sarah

Tel Aviv, Israel | Member Since 2012

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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
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    (747)
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    (750)

    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"
    "So much more than a book about botany!"
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    I absolutely loved listening to this book. I learned a lot about things I didn't even know I was interested in (who would've thought potatoes could be so fascinating?) and it left me wanting to research some topics further. It's the kind of book that gives you a lot to think about.

    It's not a book about gardening, but it gave me so much newfound respect for plants that I almost want to try growing my own garden, regardless of my history as a plant serial killer.

    The writing style is entertaining and easy to follow. I enjoyed the narration.

    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (475)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "Great book; fantastic narration"
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    This is a very enjoyable listen. Juliet Stevenson does a wonderful job at bringing the story and the different characters' personalities to life without sounding over-the-top dramatic. I will be keeping an eye out for more by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1220)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "'Law and Order' fans will enjoy this one."
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    Fascinating story, well written and with excellent narration. One of my favorite listens so far.

    Don't be deterred by the length of this audiobook - there's a good chance you'll find yourself wishing it was longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1462)
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    (1073)
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    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Very Technical, Hard to Follow"
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    I have read and absolutely loved other books by Dawkins (The God Delusion and The Magic of Reality) but found this one much more scientific and hard to follow - and, well, not nearly as compelling. For my not-so-scientific mind, I would have preferred less detail. Perhaps a printed copy would be easier to get through - audiobooks make it difficult to skim through parts you're less interested in, and this one is quite long.

    However, Dawkins and Ward are excellent narrators and pleasant to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
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    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Lost Interest"
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    Couldn't get through more than a couple of hours of this book. I found it boring, repetitive and stating the obvious. Oh well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (750)
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    (737)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Magical Indeed"
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    This is a fun listen which makes you feel smarter - what more could one want? The book is packed with heartwarming myths and fascinating facts, beautifully presented with excellent narration. I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (100)
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    (99)

    Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife, seeks an escape from her dull life through having extra-marital affairs. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    Having never read the book before, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to understand and relate to characters living in such a different time and place.

    I found the narrator's dramatization to be a bit over the top at times, but enjoyable on the most part.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1065)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "A snoozefest with a misleading title."
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    I was looking forward to this book, but found it disappointing. It has very little to do with sex or sexuality and just drones on and on, painfully repetitively, about monkeys and monogamy (or lack thereof).

    Being someone with basic knowledge of evolution and alternative lifestyles, I didn't find the points made in the book (over and over and over again) to be particularly mind-blowing or controversial, but I guess it could seem that way to someone coming from a more conservative background.

    The narrator sounded mechanic to me, kind of like a female Stephen Hawking.

    If you're looking for a book on human sexuality, I would definitely not recommend this one. However, I gave it two stars instead of one because I felt that I learned some interesting facts about anthropology.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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