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lauren25

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  • The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Baron-Cohen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

    Douglas says: "A fine primer..."
    "Great premise, lacks excitement"
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    Would you listen to The Science of Evil again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen to this book again. The material was dry and felt like sitting through a personality disorders seminar. It seemed there was little inflection to give the book life.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Being a psychology major, the material was easy to follow. If I did not have my background, the book would not have been too technical. The concepts are pretty clearly explained with plenty of examples to further elaborate.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It felt like there was no pacing to the story, and the narration was lackluster. I would say that the narration did match the pace of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Journey through the minds of disordered personalities. The darkness awaits.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (484)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "A heady paranormal journey across time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Supernaturals to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio edition brought life and personality to the characters, making them feel more real than a printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the theme of paranormal research and ghost hunting. The story was fast-paced, disturbing, and jumped across time so often that it was a little jarring.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Jeffrey Kafer kept the story moving at a nice pace and gave real personality to each character. His voice was soothing, yet able to provide intensity during the pivotal moments within the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Kennedy's team member, can't remember her name, loses her attached spirit. It's really moving, like she's losing a part of herself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

    Amanda says: "Spiritually deep and moving"
    "Wow! This book gave me chills!"
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    What did you love best about The Spirit Clearing?

    I liked the story a lot, it started off a little slow, then really pulled me in. It was interesting hearing a love story from a male perspective. I really enjoyed Mike's transformation from careless kid to a mature adult.


    What other book might you compare The Spirit Clearing to and why?

    I wouldn't compare it to a specific book, but it had a very Dean Koontz vibe to it. The story has elements of humor, pain, and horror.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other Sean Runnette performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Spirit Clearing and why?

    Jandilynn was the most memorable character because she was so full of life and love. She brought the book to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3671)
    Performance
    (2959)
    Story
    (2983)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Self-involved victim searches for redemption"
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    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks third among the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the darkness of Libby's tortured mind as she struggles to recover her past and reclaim her life.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other works from this narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book took me a while to get into, but once it got started, it really drew me in. I was fine with listening in short to medium doses. It did not make me want to stay up all night listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (995)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "A witch's power awakens in a small town."
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    If you could sum up A Little Night Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, original, heartbreaking


    What other book might you compare A Little Night Magic to and why?

    The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff because the book explores a little romance and a girl with newly awakened powers who struggles with a new self-identity.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Divina


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When magic overtakes a small town, one girl must control her new gifts to fight the powers of night.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I would love to see it develop into a series. Liv's new reality and powers promise many adventures to come as she learns to control her gifts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Beauty Saved the Beast: Book Two of Tales of the Underlight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jax Garren
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she's honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their division, Jolie finds herself grappling with jealousy. The Underlight gave Hauk a purpose, but he can't escape his past completely.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A very original romance!"
    "Amazing sequel in a promising series!"
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    What did you love best about How Beauty Saved the Beast?

    The story flowed seamlessly from the first book How Beauty Met the Beast, with sexual tension and characters that draw you in with their wit and charm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book introduces Hauk's high school girlfriend as Jolie's competition for his attentions. The sense of jealousy is palpable and offers further depth into Jolie's psyche as she struggles to save Hauk from a new weapon while fighting her own emotions.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Jolie, she's strong, beautiful, and funny.


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

    The book made my heart race as Jolie processed her emotions, and I laughed along with the occasionally sarcastic humor.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing sequel, and I look forward to the next and final installment in the series, How Beauty Loved the Beast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Atmospheric and creepy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunted to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio version adds an extra dynamic to the characters and gives life to the uneasy energy of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was surprising and worth reaching. It was touching and came close to bringing me to tears.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any of Dan Butler's other performances.


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

    I did not have any extreme reactions to the book, although I came close to crying near the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1069)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "A great follow up to the Fever series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Iced the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narrator's accent, the pacing, and the distinct character voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dani O'Malley because she has begun to mature since the Fever series and is becoming more complex while maintaining her wit.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Ryodan


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have, but I had to break up my listening due to the length of the recording.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4997)
    Performance
    (2798)
    Story
    (2833)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Enjoyable book"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story is complex, mysterious, and enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    The Secret Garden


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Caroline Lee brought a lifelike emotion that I would not have experienced just reading the book.


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

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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