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  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "Upbeat and yet..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Look Me in the Eye to be better than the print version?

    Listening to the story was upbeat and yet covered a serious subject and John told about his life effected by Aspergers. After reading his brother's book a was a bit concerned it might be to extreme but it really helps define Aspergers and how one can have a happy life. As I couldn't help laughing at many parts in the book. Loved listening to the story!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The funny vignettes into John's life.

    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Mark's voice was pleasing and helped lend to the emotion of the story.

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

    I would have loved to listen in one sitting but I never have the amount of time. I did turn it on whenever I could!!!!

    Any additional comments?

    I have already recommended this book to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Wished the story kept going...."
    What made the experience of listening to The Memory of Running the most enjoyable?

    The reading by the author, Ron McLarty, was exceptional. The story pulled me in. I was along for the great adventure. I couldn't stop listening. Usually I just listen when I'm driving. But I listened as I peel the vegtables, and made the beds, and before going to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Unknown president comes alive but sadly dies"
    Where does Destiny of the Republic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best book I've listened to. When I mention Garfield, friends say, "the cat." I've learned he was a great president and was sadly killed by a mad man and his own doctors.
    It is so much more than just about the president as the story is intertwined with the historical figures of the time.

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

    Paul Michael's makes the words come alive with his inflections.

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

    When the doctors probed the president right after he was shot in the train station.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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