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Hilde

Norwegian, creatomaniac and a lover of fantasy and adventure audiobooks. I usually put one on while I am making whatever takes my fancy.

Bergen, Norway | Member Since 2010

ratings
57
REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
16

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2588)

    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"
    "Science, human interresst and an answer."
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    The first time I heard about HeLa cells, I got curious.
    That is one thing I and Rebecca Skloot, the author have in common.

    I wanted to know who Henrietta Lacks was.
    I did some of the same steps Rebecca did, but few things made sense.
    And then, I found this book.
    It was written in a loving, caring way.
    It was about the human sides and the science and the times and race.
    I loved it.
    It told me what I wanted to know, and things I never knew.

    This book has enriched my life and answered so many questions.

    Thank you, Rebecca.
    Thank you, Lacks family..
    And last but not least, thank you, Henrietta.
    What we did to you was wrong, and you paid us back with so much kindness, even after death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (703)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "Brilliant book, wonderfully read"
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    The story is epic and exiting, the narrator really shows of the charaters to their advantage.
    Strong female main character and interresting advesaries and bicharaters.

    (Would not recomend this to someone not prepared for some graphic sex and violence in certain scenes.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

    Robert Patterson says: "Too much non-science for my taste."
    "my favourit audiobook"
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    I listen to all from biographys, humor to fantasy, but I allways find myself returning to this book.
    The information is interresting and given in such a way as not being to boring or dry, I find.
    I didnt know about dark matter, the mystery of death or many of the other mysteries here, and I truely enjoyed it.

    Recomended to lightly science interrested people, who also want to be enterteined, like me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Living off crumbs in a dreary attic, Sara Crewe comforts herself with wondrous stories of adventure and fortune, and in the end the stories become true.

    Gary says: "Outstanding!"
    "For little princesses everywhere"
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    Take one child, with a warm heart, dip it in trouble and heartbreak but make it survive and add a dash of happy ending.
    This seems the recipe of most of Frances Hodgson Burnetts books, but they are so lovely.

    I would heartily recommend any of these books to any parent who want a good book to read for their child, and specially to girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Garth Sundem
    • Narrated By Garth Sundem
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (173)

    How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

    Kim says: "Sort of scattered"
    "92 funny secrets, and one silly one."
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    I found this interesting and funny. Little wizard ways to improve your life in a myriad ways, and well told.

    Find out how to hack your life, but bring a notebook, for here the secrets come fast and hard.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Engaging and interresting"
    Overall
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    This book is about love, mystery, secrets and lies.

    The different voices bring life and spirit to the different characters and I found myself engaged even though I do not normally like this genre.

    The story is at times a bit predictable, but there is enough twists and turns to keep the flow.

    I suggest lovers of secrets and lovestories take a look at Woman in White, I think they wont regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Misfortune

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (334)

    Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

    Amazon Customer says: "Office Space rewritten by Disney"
    "Mystical fun"
    Overall

    The worlds of A. Lee Martinez are filled with a delightful and sometimes nonsensical mystery, and show how thin the border can be between ourselves and everything we can't explain.

    Divine Misfortune is a hilarious and oddly believable look at how the world could be if the Gods truly showed themselves, existed all at the same time and adapted themselves to our time.
    It was a very enjoyable audiobook, and one I will find myself returning to, often.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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