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MM

Medford, MA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 158 purchased in 2014
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  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    Paul says: "Wow!!!"
    "Good Premise - Rushed Writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    I can't stand the narrator! He sounds like an old man with mush in his mouth. No enunciation, just rushed reading. Every single voice sounded the same. He must be Cook's grandfather. Cook needs to be really careful who he allows to narrate his books. His writing is average so he needs someone to infuse that extra oomph, not detract from the little that is in the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Cook? Why or why not?

    I might when I'm in the mood for sensational tabloid writing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    No way - that old man needs to retire.


    What character would you cut from Cell?

    This question is irrelevant.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: Pure Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    The fate of the world is more fragile than ever as Pures battle Wretches and former allies become potential enemies. Inside the Dome Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His intent had been to bring down the Dome from the inside with the help of the secret resistance force led by Partridge's former teacher Glassings. But from his new position of power, things don't seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father had been right.

    MM says: "Lazy ending"
    "Lazy ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The ending was abrupt and not explained. What happens to the dome people at the end? To the Mothers, the wretches? Does Weed use the cure? Do the beasts & Dusts just kill everyone off? What about Pressia's father? Seems like the author got lazy and rushed through the ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

    Joseph R says: "The Governess's New Position"
    "Good Grief! Would someone please muzzle Eleanor!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like the story but the whining, totally unlikeable main character makes it hard going. She's sickening to say the least.


    Has The Reluctant Widow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'm "Reluctant" to read another book by this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the dog. lol!


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

    No!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Like eating Junk Food & Regreting Doing So"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A well developed fleshed out plot would have helped a lot.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel H. Wilson’s story?

    It had no depth. The story was rushed and implausible. This is the second book I've read by this author and both were good but poorly executed plots.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robbie Daymond?

    Yes he was okay.


    What character would you cut from Amped?

    They were all shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't waste any more of my time commenting about such poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mark Hyman, M.D.
    • Narrated By Mark Hyman, M.D.
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind - and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program.

    craig says: "Book is stats rather than solutions"
    "Life Changing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Blood Sugar Solution in three words, what would they be?

    No more sugar!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood Sugar Solution?

    The realization that diet is the crucial role in staying healthy hit me for the first time like a ton of bricks.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hyman, M.D.???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (508)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Exquiste writing, Exquiste story"
    Overall

    I loved this book and was sorry when it ended. See immerses you in a beautiful story of love and friendship that lasts a lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright of the Sky: The Entire and the Rose, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kay Kenyon
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    In a landlocked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lied quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the "bright". A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme. Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot.

    Ethan M. says: "8 hours in, and going no further"
    "This is an awesome read!"
    Overall

    The story is so well written, the world building so interesting. I read all three books in the series and Kay Kenyon is an amazing writer. The stories had me sitting in my car after work, unable to shut off my ipod. Sci-fi at it's best.
    M. Mitchell

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4870)
    Performance
    (2455)
    Story
    (2520)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Certainly Not Worth 2 Credits"
    Overall

    Story was okay and that's being generous. I was upset that audible let this author get away with charging 2 credits for this book when I've read much better and longer audio books for the normal 1 credit. Let me assure you this book is not worth 2 credits. It just goes on and on. Again, it's just okay.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (930)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Torture!"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this audiobook, but it was boring with one dimensional, unlikable characters. Ten hours into the book the plot was still murky. The minutiae was excruciatingly boring. Stephenson rambled on and on like chalk screeching on a blackboard. I stuck it out to the end, but please, don't waste a credit on this audiobook. It's not worth the listen.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • No Dark Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Christy Award-winner Jamie Langston Turner pens another inspiring tale of forgiveness and redemption in this well developed novel. This emotional story delves into the complexities of family relations and religious devotion. Her grandmother�s funeral brings Celia Coleman back to that small Georgia town that she swore never to step in again.

    George says: "A Bob Jones Sermon"
    "Mind Numbing!"
    Overall

    It was a mind numbing listen with the most uninteresting, extraneous minutiae. The characters were boring and unlikable. As hard as I tried, I could not drum up any feeling but faint distaste for the main character. This writer throws any and everything into the story. Never mind that most of the details add nothing to the storyline. It was a waste of a credit and believe me I am not an overly picky reader - I like lots of different genres. Although it felt like torture, I listened to the entire book. I'm like that - I can't waste money. But please skip over this book and go for something like "Redeeming Love "by Francine Rivers. That's a story with depth, emotion and spirituality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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