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Sally

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (156)

    A new Jeeves audiobook is cause for celebration, especially when the stories are not available in print. This hilarious installment of the inimitable manservant Jeeves and his twit of an employer, Bertie Wooster, includes the earliest stories written by the master of the pen, prank, and pun. The stories are woven together with original material performed by Martin Jarvis.

    Tad Davis says: "Martin Jarvis is perfect"
    "If You Like This Kind of Thing..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    PG Wodehouse is a famous author, so I don't know what could be changed. He is amusing if you don't think too much about the foreshadowing. However by the third story I had to stop listening, because I had already figured out what was going to happen, and wasn't really interested any more.


    Has My Man Jeeves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    In general, I like British humour.


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

    I don't believe I have listened to him before. He did a good job of distinguishing characters.Caricatures even, since that's what they were. :-DCheareo, pip pip!


    Could you see My Man Jeeves being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure I care.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane McGonigal
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

    Dan says: "Slow start But full of Fascinating Ideas"
    "Make reality more like games!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reality Is Broken to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. This book translates well to audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her logical progression to the benefits of games. Also the reader was excellent.


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

    Her inflections really draw you in.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as you want to resist the idea that games are superior to reality, or even a good use of time, Jane has you wanting to know where to sign up for various real life games by the end. I convinced my Physical Medicine doctor. He said he'd be buying a copy of the book on his way home from work.

    If anyone wants a sample of Jane, they can look at her TED talk on the benefits of games.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

    Tad Davis says: "Flawed"
    "Not for Everyone"
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    Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or John Lee?

    James Joyce is an acquired taste as far as I can figure. It would depend on the person whether I would recommend it. John Lee would be perfectly fine on something that wasn't so *completely* taxing and mind-numbingly difficult.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I rather did like that there was stream-of-consciousness and alliterative prose, but not to the extent it happened in this book. I know that Joseph Campbell read this book 56 times, bless him, but I can't see getting through it once. (I got two thirds through)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Oh yes.


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

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Having it audio did help me a bit getting through the stream-of-consciousness way that it is written. Hearing expressed in a voice is quite a bit easier than trying to interpret it as text, as happened in the last Joyce book I tried to read. So if a person was keen to read a Joyce book having an audio book is helpful if it is hard for them. The whispersync might even be better, but I can't say for sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (853)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "This Book Appeals to a Broad Range of People"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have already recommended it. We all are faced with sticky situations where we have difficulty coming to agreement with someone. I have a friend whose mother is executor of her parents' estate, and that often brings out the worst in a family. I'm hoping some of the techniques will help her maintain her relationship with her siblings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there was some neuroscience expressed with the techniques.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It is evident that he has worked with a lot of business people. That is the tone of the book. It got on my nerves, but I realized that, and I also realize that this can also make it of greater appeal to others.


    Did Just Listen inspire you to do anything?

    Not yet. I think I need to read it again before starting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest

    • NONE (51 mins)
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (169)

    Townsend says: "Nominee for worst performance by a narrator"
    "Sports enthusiasts are the best served"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It would depend on what they were looking for. The actual news was *really* brief, and news really detailed.


    What could the author have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Slightly more detail in the actual news stories. Less sports.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Eh


    Did The New York Times Audio Digest inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    I do like to get *some* news when I'm away from stuff, so I am grateful for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Melanie Thernstrom
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas.

    Nathan O'Hara says: "Informative, well researched and nicely written"
    "In Depth, Broad, yet Personal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe that the authors personal journey with pain enhanced, rather than detracted from the book. Often people don't think they are understood with their chronic pain. Because she had her personal journey as well as her research, she shares simple things which help, and are good to do before a diagnosis, just to prevent things from getting worse.

    She looked at history as well as prevailing attitudes about pain. It shows that they are linked, and stand in the way of being treated. She shared some of the most current ways of proceeding with a treatment plan; shared that while there can be a limited number of things done for chronic pain, treatment is individual in the long run.

    Because of this, we come away knowing that primary care physicians are often ill-equipped to deal with chronic pain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The underscoring of simple stretching and activity, even walking can have beneficial effect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The amount of time she spent on the treatment with narcotics.


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

    When she was diagnosed.


    Any additional comments?

    This book may not appeal to everyone. I leant it to a family member who wasn't interested in the history, and there is another reviewer who didn't like the personal part of the story.

    I think it all contributes to the whole. It helps us understand what we are in the middle of, when we are trying to get treated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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