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Roswatheist

Dexter, New Mexico, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 40 reviews
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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2515)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "I feel like a better person."
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    What did you love best about The Potato Factory?

    I love historical novels! I've never read or listened to an Aussie book. The details and flow of this novel were terrific. The characters were engaging, even though most were rotten to their cores.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Too difficult to tell without giving spoilers.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His different accents were great. Also, his rhythm and word flow made the story even more interesting.


    If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

    It was titled well.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (1722)
    Story
    (1743)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "****** out of 5"
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    Warning! Do not listen to this book at work, particularly if you're a history-enthusiast. Your coworkers will look at you like you've lost your damn mind.

    Having seen interesting comparisons in the Reviews section, here's mine: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared reminds me of the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The protagonist and his friends always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time--with hilarious results.

    Steven Crossley does a splendid job of making the story sound as dryly funny as it's supposed to be. Jonas Jonasson sure gives Douglas Adams a run for his money, which is one of the highest compliments I can think of to pay to any author.

    I have to say that this is definitely in the top five books I've purchased from Audible ever, and the best book I ever paid for with cash, not a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
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    Long before I saw The Tudors I loved Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn. I would childishly stomp my feet at the back covers of Philippa Gregory's novels because I was looking for good, realistic, Tudor fiction.

    Susan Bordo did a marvelous job portraying Anne as accurately as she could, acknowledging the lack of impartial historical documents (of course no such thing exists, much less for such a decisive lady). She was fair to other accounts of Anne, fiction and non, screen and print, to a fault. Ms. Rosenblat was a fantastic narrator, giving the biography the right twist of sarcasm and wit at their obvious parts.

    Overall, this was quite an enjoyable listen.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "50 Stars Out of 5!"
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    Why Evolution is True has been in my wish list for a very long time. I wish I'd gotten it sooner. I watched Dr. Jerry Coyne's presentation in 2009 on YouTube, so I thought I knew what all the book had to offer.

    I'm pleased to have been proven wrong. Dr. Coyne clearly shows how evolution is true as eloquently as any attorney proves a defendant guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. He also shows that accepting Darwinism as fact doesn't mean that we have to act like our other primate relatives. He also manages to do so in such a way as to make you not feel like you're reading (or listening to) a textbook.

    As for Victor Bevine, he didn't come off as monotone, as many nonfiction narrators do. Again, I didn't once feel like I was listening to a textbook. While I was already convinced about the truth of evolution, I learned a lot and was engaged to the point of total absorption.

    Young-Earth creationists (if they bother to read or listen to this book) will find themselves uncomfortable in the extreme. In-betweeners will most likely never bother questioning this scientific fact ever again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4460)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1829)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Bait and Switch"
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    The one I bought in 2009 was narrated by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. I highly prefer the previous performance to this one. One of the upgrades wiped it and replaced it with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (591)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Meh (shrug)"
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    The story is cute, as expected from SEP. Anna Fields delivers a lovely performance, as always. There were several glaring problems that greatly reduced any affection I have for the protagonist, Dr. Jane Darlington. For a super genius, she's awfully stupid-not just socially. She doesn't know the difference between supposed psychic powers and ESP, for one. As a theoretical physicist, she is über-religious, which is incredibly rare. That said, the antagonism is enjoyable. Cal is precious, and unlike his counterpart, is a believable character.

    Overall, if you're just looking for fluff, this novel Wil appeal to you. If details like this bother you, pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Cassie Klyne, 19 years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015 - but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015. Cassies world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: That for decades - back to the dawn of radio communications - human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity.

    Eliot says: "I'm not much for science fiction, but...."
    "Only for Deep SFF or Robert Charles Wilson Readers"
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    4.25 Overall:
    Having been introduced to RCW's work (Spin) just in 2012, and loving it enough to finish the series, I have to say that Burning Paradise isn't for romance or action-genre buffs. However, if you really like sci-fi/fantasy--especially of the speculative variety, this should appeal to you. Wilson does seem to be peculiarly fascinated with self-replicating machines, and I truly cannot fault him for that; their Hypothetical (pun intended) existence IS fascinating.

    The characters are well-written. The plot is great. The performance is spectacular, as always-Scott Brick's voice never detracts from the story. All in all, as a story, I enjoyed this audiobook immensely and will listen to it again.

    So, because I never include spoilers, this concludes my review. Happy listening! ;)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4043)
    Performance
    (3650)
    Story
    (3678)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Terrifying Dystopia"
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    A fundamentalist Christian theocracy gone terribly wrong. The imagery is perfect. Offred is so normal, she makes us see how easily a person with natural urges could go totally insane in a place like Gilead. Gilead shows how important freedom of and from religion are.

    This is a good gift for that person in your life who thinks that the government should decide how we can live through scripture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joe Klein
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    Primary Colors offers a richly detailed look at life on the political stump. As former congressional aide Henry Burton is dazzled and lured into presidential hopeful Jack Stanton's fledgling campaign, he becomes a cog in Stanton's unstoppable political machine. Burton illuminates, through his actions and observations, the sometimes seamy, sometimes steamy and sometimes surprisingly noble ascent to the presidency.

    Roswatheist says: "Changed my life"
    "Changed my life"
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    No really. I was a Communications major, Political Science minor, in hopes of becoming a speechwriter. Unfortunately, I saw too much of Libby Holden in myself.

    Personal stuff aside, Peter Francis James does a marvelous job narrating what must, at times been difficult, with some of the subject matter. Hands down, the manic-depressive investigator is my favorite character.

    The staffer/candidate comes across quite candidly. I was intrigued by the firestorm that came with Primary Colors' release. The book was even better than the media frenzy surrounding its release.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23671)
    Performance
    (10258)
    Story
    (10338)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "I liked it."
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    I do understand the hype, but don't think this novel, or the three that followed, deserving of *as much* attention as they received. I always appreciate reading/listening to novels with atheist protagonists who aren't treated with disdain or pity for their lack of belief.

    The three things that boosted (in my estimation) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo are: 1) the treatment of religion was fair-it wasn't skewed, and 2) the realistic view into how society treats people they don't understand, namely Savants, was refreshing. 3) I think the author conveyed a genuine liking of females.

    Though I gave only 4 stars, I don't feel I wasted my time. The story was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20912)
    Performance
    (18751)
    Story
    (18818)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Sadistically Entertaining"
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    The first third is a tad slow, but hang in there. Once you get to the meat of the story, you're in for one hell of a ride! What's so striking is that the slow beginning is necessary to build tension.

    The narrators are great. The characters are over-the-top interesting, but real. They have the same vanities and hang-ups that we all have, just more so. Honestly, my favorite character is Go. She's as good a sister as she can be.

    I wish I could say more, but I'd spoil the story. If only I had three thumbs...sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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