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gaillardia

Larkspur, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Gorant
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick’s brutal dogfighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case.

    Gillian says: "Such an Important Book I'm Rounding Up"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I was afraid of hearing graphic descriptions of the treatment of Vick's fighting dogs, but was able to get through the short sections (chapter 2 and some short mentions in other chapters). The chapters on the investigation, were enlightening and very interesting, but the majority of the book is about the rescue and rehabilitation of the dogs. The tales are informative, heart-warming, and really highlight that, above all of the hoopla and media attention, the real victims of the actions of Vick and his crew, were these loving, furry souls. The book has changed my view on the American Pit Bull Terrier, and I would happily adopt one when the time is right for my family. A must read for anyone who has an interest in the welfare of dogs.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "Fun book"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of Judy Greer and really enjoyed her book. It is a nice light listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with 37 acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood - his city-bred parents took in more than 100 foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm - for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.

    gaillardia says: "Warm and lovely"
    "Warm and lovely"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Coop?

    I loved this book and fell in love with the author. He is humorous, wise, and definitely a new favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (224)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Good listen"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have read a great deal on this era, and expected this book to bring me a perspective of the women involved, but I felt that the focus was more on the project, and not on the women. Overall, I would say that this is worth a listen, and definitely good if you are just entering this area of history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light under German Occupation, 1940-1944

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ronald C. Rosbottom
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation - even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose.

    gaillardia says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was expecting a book that I could not wait to listen to each time I got in my car, but I was a bit disappointed. I feel that the book lacked a personal perspective and felt too broad. Moments within it had a personal touch, but overall, it was faceless.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1367)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Great info, but horrible narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As always, Mary Roach did her research and provided some very interesting information, but it wasn't her best work. It did not have the humor and bite that are characteristic of her books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The narrator gave each scientist interviewed a different accent, and it was distracting at best. I hated the narration so much that I would never recommend the audiobook. Get it in print, or as an ebook, instead.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1900)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Sociopaths beware."
    Overall

    This book was informative and funny. Ronson details the sociopath test, and then takes you on a journey as he tests people of notoriety. His journey points out the difficulty and pitfalls of using the test, but leaves you with a new sense of power. More of an entertaining learning experience, than an acedemic study of the topic.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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