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  • Daniel Deronda

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

    Tad Davis says: "An intense novel with a few flaws"
    "Exquisite performance of a masterful literary work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to any friend who had a philosophical mind, who delights in interior, rather than exterior events, who can appreciate the mind of a truly masterful writer. Nadia May's reading of this book and its wonderfully complicated characters is one of the best I've ever heard.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's very difficult to pick a favorite character, but I would have to choose Daniel Deronda himself. He is subtle, complex, and deeply compassionate. A spiritual guide to Gwendolyn, he serves as a spiritual guide to all readers, as well.

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

    Nadia May brought a vivid nearness to each of the characters she portrayed with such cohesion and understanding. She is more an actress than mere reader. I felt as if I were watching a play or a movie, rather than listening to a book, and this was entirely because of May's superb performance. It's almost too exquisite a reading to be called a performance.

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

    No. I listened to it over a period of almost two months. It is more than 30 hours long.

    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book while I read from the Oxford edition, and I think the two companion experiences and media made it all the more penetrating. This is probably one of the best books I've ever

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  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Not just another NDE memoir"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I buy audiobooks so I can listen to them in the car on long trips. This was the first audiobook engrossing enough for me not to be able to limit it to car trips. I listened to it inside my home, and that's saying something. It makes me want to own the printed book, however, because there were so many things I wanted to underline and dogear for future reference.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    Alexander tells us how we can attain the realms he reached (albeit probably not as perfectly) through meditation and prayer.

    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    This question is not relative to a nonfiction memoir.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the brain is not the end all. That science is limited, a kind of ideology that precludes our understanding anything beyond our own perceptions. That something of us is eternal, and that even in that higher realm, our earthly family is important.

    Any additional comments?

    The author, Eben Alexander, does not explicitly state this, but I believe he was chosen to experience the "after-death" realm so he could return and share his story with us. Though he states more than once how difficult it is to translate what he saw and learned into the language and perceptions of mere mortals, he has done a spectacular job trying. I have read many NDE memoirs and this one has to stand as the most credible.

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "The Intersection of Biography and the Innovation"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Learning about Jobs's focus on getting the product right.

    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    Good to great, because it's about greatness in business.

    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He was excellent. I kept having to remind myself that his was not the voice of Steve Jobs.

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

    The points where my life in business intersected with Jobs's innovations.

    Any additional comments?

    Walter Isaacson has given the world a history not just of a man but of a revolution. I was floored by how well he intersected the story of technology with that of a rather narcissistic but visionary man, who never lost his will to design products that work for people. Isaacson gives us an important, balanced look at an era when technology changed the world of regular people. Incredibly well researched, the story is also well told. And Dylan Baker was the perfect narrator.

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