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S. Chapin

Minnesota | Member Since 2005

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  • 14 reviews
  • 25 ratings
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  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2526)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Wonderful story that lives on"
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    Enjoyed the whole book and learned a lot. A look of a part of history that I never knew. Written so that you could understand the science and the people. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (866)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Elizabeth says: "Keeps you guessing till the very end!"
    "end of a good series"
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    The characters are done well and the story is is to follow. The story has a similar theme of how people survive during doomsday. If you liked hunger games you should like this. Keeps you interested and sometimes at the edge of your seat. My hubby thought they could be longer. Enjoyed the series as we drove, wonderful way to enjoy a book and see the country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrew Napolitano
    • Narrated By Scott Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    A harsh and revealing political exposé of two beloved presidents. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how Teddy Roosevelt, a bully, and Woodrow Wilson, a constitutional scholar, each pushed aside the Constitution’s restrictions on the federal government and used it as an instrument to redistribute wealth, regulate personal behavior, and enrich the government. Theodore and Woodrow exposes two of our nation’s most beloved presidents and how they helped speed the Progressive cause on its merry way.

    Joseph D. Klotz says: "The Case Against Theodore and Woodrow..."
    "one sided monologue ad nauseam"
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    The one sided monalogue got old and the personal attacks were at times sickening. The logic the author uses is at times comical. Using one reason at one time as bad and at another time as good. Example, he states the people should not have politicians tell them what to do but he speaks over and over how direct election of senators by the people is bad. Anyone can take a person and report just negative things, that is not hard to do. Every founding father had his good and bad. To report a one sided history. not giving both sides of the circumstances and facts to let the readers decide on there own, is exactly what he critisized over and over in the book. Wait the logic got worse, the author blames every world woe on progressivism when the same issues have been happening since written history. I will have to admit even though there were political points I agreed with, the book was a total waste of time and really is a one sided political rant.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3904)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2882)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "A favorite from the past"
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    It was the second time I have read this book. The first time to listen. So as you can imagine the third time is the charm. I enjoyed it because it allows you to imagine everyday people can survive almost anything. It showed that people need not break down into murderous hoards to do so. This book is about a different place and time, written in the 1950's, when nuclear bombs and WWWIII was the biggest fear. It also showed how many things we take for granted in our every day living. It centers on one family and one small town. Like any small town there is a large diversity of people and all handle the situation just a little bit differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    Temple Grandin teaches listeners the science of the autistic brain, and with it the history and sociology of autism. By being autistic--by being able to look from the inside out and from the outside in--the author's insights are not just unique, they're groundbreaking. According to Temple, our understanding of autism has been perhaps fundamentally wrong for the past 70 years.

    Cynthia says: "So Much More than the Title. Listen to this book!"
    "If you know a child with autism read this book"
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    For years we wondered. This book helped us understand just a little better. There are practical tips. Most of all it was written by a person with autism. I would highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bluest Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

    S. Chapin says: "Depressing and hard to listen to"
    "Depressing and hard to listen to"
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    I think the author intended to relate how bad things happen to good people or something like that. I found it very hard to listen to, especially as it often repeated a old Dick and Jane book. It felt disjointed and I kept wondering what is the point of this book and why oh why did I order it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kelly
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

    C. Telfair says: "Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning"
    "Detail details"
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    I was torn between to much detail and detail so great that I could easily picture what the scenes were in vivid detail, no pictures needed. You must truely love history and want the entire picture to read this book. The books states at one point there were people of honor and there was. There were also people who took advantage of the situation to increase their bank accounts. Finally there were those who tried as best they could but lacked the resources they needed. Overall I enjoyed this read very much although, at times i felt overwhelmed with too much detail perhaps because it was such a terrible point in history.
    I would recommend this book to understand what really helped and hurt the Irish people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (282)

    A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain explains how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.

    Lea says: "I expected a lot from this book, it came through"
    "This is one book I will read twice"
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    Not very often do I read a book twice. I fear without listening twice I might forget some valuable Information. Learned many things on not only the mind but how it Interacts with the body. Great book, learned a lot. It teaches you how to make healthy mind / body choices to make your time on earth much better. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy: Discover 10 Secrets for a Richer Life!

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Stephen Simpson
    • Narrated By Stephen Simpson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    Happiness is one of the most sought-after emotions, and always has been. Often, the harder you try to find it, the more elusive it becomes. This audiobook reveals 10 powerful secrets that have been used by both ancient philosophers and New Age gurus, that have therefore stood the test of time. They have worked for countless others, and can surely work for you too. Embrace any one and enrich your life.

    S. Chapin says: "Listen to this when ever you need to relax"
    "Listen to this when ever you need to relax"
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    This is one of the very few books I keep on my phone to listen to when I need help relaxing. It is a very calming read. Or I would suggest to listen to while trying to fall asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (343)

    In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job.

    Rand says: "Great Title!!!"
    "For those who want to learn about human reactions"
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    Why do people act they way they do? Get an idea of what motivates people or creates ambivalence. A good read for managers. Acting irrationally is more common than one thinks. It can help or hurt. Very insightful, with studies to help you understand why people act the way they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack N. Rakove
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    What did the US Constitution originally mean, and how can we recover the intentions of its framers? These questions, which resound throughout today’s most heated legal and political controversies, lie at the heart of Jack N. Rakove’s splendidly readable work of historical analysis. In Original Meanings, he traces the complex weave of ideology and interests from which the Constitution emerged and shows how Americans have attached different meanings to their founding document from the moment it was published.

    History says: "Epistemological in its approach ..."
    "Both sides of the story told"
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    I was so tired of political histories claiming to be the real story but chocked full of political spin for one side or another. This has the story behind all the political spin during the making of the constitution. It gives both sides of the story. For those who like history or want to learn about the constitution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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