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Winter Springs, FL, United States

  • 5 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 71 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Amazing but dry"

    Heard about this book on NPR's 'Fresh Air.' The story of Henrietta's 'HeLa' cells are mind blowing, the way they have impacted our lives in so many ways. This story really becomes the story of Henrietta's family, who are unfortunately extremely naive in terms of the impact her cells have had on medical history. One feels very badly for them, and frankly, whenever I have to sign a concent form in a Dr.'s office, I'm super sensitive to any verbiage stating my cells can be used for commercial purposes. The bummer about this is the amount of (boring) detail the author gets into tracing the legacy and history of cell culturing in our society. Great research, but at times reads like a science book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "How does he do it?"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Being a big Stephen King fan, I was intrigued to see how he would handle this extreme moment in American History. What never seems to disappear from his story telling is his acute ability to 'take us there.' Weather it's current time in Maine or Dallas in 1958, the attention to detail and nuances of life is vivid. Perhaps what I loved most about this particular story was King's ability to tell a love story second to none. King loves to be nostalgic. No doubt about that. But, the ability to feel both like a man and a woman falling in love is the thing I will love most about this book. The time travel, and the many threads that must be considered by the 'threads' created is made could actually see something like this happening! Great reading by the narrator who had to handle Maine, GA, and Texas accents, both men and woman. Absolutly great buy and I highly recommend it. One bit of a downer. King is an unabashed liberal. That twist becomes very prevalent in the end, which I find a little disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Mel says: "The Ennui of a Naughty Dog"
    "A Werewolf with Attitude"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Werewolf the most enjoyable?

    The moment I heard the narrator begin, it was very easy to imagine this very articulate Brit actually being a beast that feasts on human flesh. Perfect intonation for the lead character.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake as the lead character is sublime in his seeming hatred of who he really is, yet needing so badly to feel the human touch of love. There is major juxtoposition here, and his dealing with this as an aging antagonist is cool to behold.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well, this is gross. And, without giving to much away....let's just say Jake's love interest in this book shares the same 'condition' as him. As such, they 'feed' on the same food source. The first time they dine together is both treachery and love at the same time.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At certain times, the book can be extreme. Frankly, I think the description of the sex scenes were more graphic than the horror scenes.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Anita says: "Must be me..."
    "Too much baby talk."

    I've only listened to a handful of audio books, and this is the first one I could not continue, and would like a refund for. I could not stand listening to the narration of a 5 year old child. I get it. That is the situation and the POV for this book. But, there is so much baby talk that in my opinion could of been minimized. I'm sure I'm alone in this aspect, given the reviews the books has gotten. I have tried 3 times to go back and give it a try, and just can't do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"

    I bought this audio book based on reviews I read and I was not disappointed. The character development is second to none in terms of books I have read/heard. From the perspective of very poor children in Ethiopia, to the parents and adults that teach and parent them, we get to know these characters better then we know our best friends, or even ourselves.

    Dowloading this book was a risk. Ethiopia? What did I know about that country, and how could I relate with characters that live there? This book illustrates like no other that humans the world over suffer the same fates, and experience the same wonderful joys: Murder, lust, love, dreaming of a better future, unspeakable pain, etc. I came to know the characters and smell what they smelled. Living through their eyes, I came to know unrequited love and unspeakable pains that we inflict on each other. Listening to Sunil Malhotra narrate this book, it became a soothing, piercing story, that I could not wait to turn on every chance I got.

    I cannot recall a better book that I have ever read or listened to. Bravo to Mr. Verghese. My biggest regret as I head out to do yard work today: I will not have this wonderful audio/book to accompany me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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