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Brandy

Durham, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (851)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will. It was fast paced and detailed and I felt like I got to know the characters and the universe. I enjoyed this a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I favored 'M', actually, he always made me smile when he appeared. The protagonists were great but the side characters made me want to know more.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    I really liked the dialect he chose for Nora.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (165)

    In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short..."
    "Enjoyable - for a certain age range."
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    I enjoyed this book a lot, the narrator took some getting used to but about a half hour into it, I felt like I was having coffee with a friend and discussing pop culture. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much if I was not in the author's age range, but since I am, I found it very thought-provoking and well-explained. Discussing some of the topics after reading, I discovered that Batman is a highly sensitive subject with a lot of people. I find myself evaluating people's motivations (characters or real people) with a more discerning eye after reading this. Well worth the credit spent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "Very interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    Possibly, if I needed a refresher on treatment of childhood ptsd. This was very interesting and enlightening. The narrator had a soothing voice and discussed the cases in a calm manner without making it too 'clinical'. I left the book with a lot of things to think about.


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

    Most of the cases discussed were horrifying but the treatment and follow-up gives hope that there is hope for traumatized children with the right care and attention without hiding the failures or future issues of the patients. There are no happy endings, but there is hope for kids that get the help they need.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (751)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Interesting!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Poisoner's Handbook the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the storytelling style once I got into it. At first it seems like it takes tangents but after the initial chapter, it works very well to link in the history of the Prohibition era with the individual cases and scientific discoveries. A very informative and intriguing book.


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's voice was commendable and more animated than other nonfiction books I've listened to previously.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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