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Marsha L. Woerner

Mother and catlover

Chicago area | Member Since 2005

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  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

    aaron says: "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"
    "Enlightening!"
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    Would you listen to Bad Science again? Why?

    I will listen again, just because there was so much in it that I can't remember every detail all at once. FABULOUS information and take!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! Of course, the fact that the author agreed with me on the pseudoscience of many alternative medicine certainly didn't hurt, but it was more than that. He came and things as a nonbeliever in everything, whether it be alternative medicine or science, whether it be medicine or placebo. Furthermore, he was able to say that “yes, some things that are not scientifically proved actually have proved helpful, MORE than doing nothing”. He did his best to explain what could be going on, and he did his best to allow for individuals' belief systems. In some cases, he said that he doesn't agree with you, but he respects your choice. I personally, furthermore, learned things about what I, personally, need to look for. It was a great book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (988)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "A surpri (but satisfyin)story for a "retired" cop"
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    Any additional comments?

    Another suspenseful and fulfilling book by one of my favorite authors!
    Harry Bosch is retired, but a case just can't leave him alone, so he pursues the answers. Various departments surprisingly get involved, and there is a surprise ending which is actually fitting. Satisfying as I expect all Connelly books to be!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Brings government, economy, politics to people"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fighting Chance the most enjoyable?

    She answered a lot of questions about bankruptcy and the banks on a human level


    What did you like best about this story?

    She's human, comes from a human background, and shares what it means to be human and care about people and the other aspects of life


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Warren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Humans and the middle class first


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! Okay, I need a disclaimer: I like Warren and her positions, and I suppose that this could affect my review.
    This was an excellent book. Warren is very down to earth and gives a view of her life in Wasnigton from a human point of view. Her writing is engaging and captivating.
    She gives a view of politics and finance from the citizen's perspective. She appears to understand middle class views and desires. A lot of this is because of her foundation. Her parents were working people who did their best for their kids, but nothing was handed on the silver platter! Elizabeth Warren went to community college, for $50 a semester. She then used loans and scholarships to go to law school. She taught children, but then she taught law school. She became well respected because of her drive and determination for the people.
    Ms. Warren talks about the different committees on which she served, and she talks about how she got involved in the Senate race to start with, but she doesn't let the fact that "politics" was a big part of her life consume every other aspect of herself. She brings Washington and government to life, and she gives some history of the whole financial environment of the US. She points out that different programs and procedures, like bankruptcy, used to be not only a final option, but a helping hand. They were designed for people, not for the banks. The whole government and society appears to be changing, and Elizabeth Warren is doing her best to stick up for those who need support. Her point is that everyone should have, deserves, "A Fighting Chance", and they used to! We need to get back to the original GOALS of our country, because they seem to be slipping away.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13301)
    Performance
    (5725)
    Story
    (5799)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "It's a wonderful book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Water for Elephants the most enjoyable?

    It was very relatable, in an odd sort of way (I've never worked in the circus :-)). But the reader could get the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the mixed feeling of good and bad from the overall story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, the main character (was then I don't recall) was my favorite. And the elephant. It was nice to feel that he got his due in the end!


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

    When the elephant stomped on his tormentor


    Any additional comments?

    it's been a long time since I actually read this, and writing the review reminds be that I really needed to read it again. I don't remember details, but I remember that I absolutely love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (411)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "What a fun book!"
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    Where does Another Fine Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good; top 1/3


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ok


    Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

    Aahz


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I actually was first introduced to the Robert Asprin books when I was in graduate school. I read the first 10 or so, and as recently as two or three years ago, I was hoping to find an audio or e-book copy. Apparently, as of April this year they are now available on audio! The narrator is absolutely priceless! He adds depth and character in a way that's so appropriate for the book that I am totally blown away! Often, when one listens to a book after having read it, the particular narrator is so far off in tone from the way you imagined him/her, that it seems totally off. Mr. Levine is NOT in that category. He's really perfect :-). The story itself is fun, although the plot, though it has its points, is sort of ho-hum. As I recall, the plot in this one is the weakest! I look forward to listening to the rest with my 13-year-old son, who also enjoys it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "New insights to consider"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Wow! I have never been much of a history buff, which may be why I really appreciate this book; I think I learned more about history here that I learned all the way through grade school and high school (in college there was no particular reason that I should have learned anything about history)(although I have learned more about history since then…). The standard things about Native Americans and the way our history is skewed when it comes to "American Indians" was pretty much expected, but there were a lot of details. And it was interesting to learn how many things with "learned about" that really never wore. And in the end, learning then thought "historical sites" nationwide for the most part are a farce! Unfortunately, to verify most of it, I need to read a lot more – which I will admit I am not inclined to do :-), but it is really interesting what one person can determine about our texts and curriculum through high school! If nothing else, it opens up a lot of questions!


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm not much of a history person, but I think that I will eventually read/listen to "Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by the same author, for which I do already have the audio. But again, it will be "eventually", when I'm ready to steep myself in history some more :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Reader is Davina Porter not the one listed."
    "Fun, and unexpected"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cater Street Hangman the most enjoyable?

    I like the genre, and the elder had been recommended by my mother-in-law :-) (always good to impress the mother-in-law :-)). It was nice that the inspector went back and forth through the possibilities before making a conclusion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know; nothing stands out…


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun :-)
    I'm not sure how good the representation of high society life in (that time era; not indicated what the time era is…), but tHe conclusion is surprising! I must have read/listened to this book previously, because aspects were recognized, but it must either been to recently, because I really didn't remember any of the details or even some of the main points! Clearly, it had been worth saving simply listening to it again was not unenjoyable :-). I bought the book in 2010, and I probably listed to it then, but I just finished revisiting it. It's still fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light.

    Paul says: "Physics even I can understand"
    "Not a good venue for audiobook!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I only made it half-way through! Between the form of the book and the narrator, it was a TERRIBLY yedious and BORING listen! Reading through charts and tables is NOT good entertainment or even education!


    What didn’t you like about Mark F. Smith’s performance?

    Boring and colorless! I would like to hear him with a different work; I'd like to ne able to say that it was primarily the subject.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None. Boredom. Not even curiosity...


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "Is a positive attitude that be all and end all?"
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    What did you love best about Bright-sided?

    I've gotten so tired of being told that everything depends on attitude. It was very, very, nice to hear someone saying that there is more to life than that!


    Any additional comments?

    Does money buy happiness/positive thinking? Does happiness/positive thinking attract money? This was a very good book, challenging the idea that happiness and positive thinking are the be-all and end-all in the cause of good things. It points out that a lot of the “positive thinking” agenda basically blames the victim for anything that happens negatively. It challenges everything from religion to health to economics and how “positive thinking” is used to salve people's beliefs into thee feeling that they are responsible for any undesirable outcomes simply because they did not think positive enough. I personally found the section on “positive thinking” and happiness affecting health. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on “health and happiness”, but I approached it from the realm of good health CAUSING happiness, not the other way around. Clearly, the whole “positive attitude” thing is trying to turn it on its head. I now realize that numbers have nothing to do with causality! Similarly, all studies that appeared to point out that thinking good thoughts CAUSES good health does not show any such thing. She spent a little too much time on religion and religious thoughts, as well as “teambuilding”, but overall I think it was a very good book. And it was really REALLY good if you're someone saying that thinking good things is not the be-all and end-all!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (277)

    Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "You Cheat (and I Do Too)"
    "Great eye-opening and thinking book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Honest Truth About Dishonesty the most enjoyable?

    I thought the narrator was particularly good. The book gave me several things to think about and ways of seeing myself and my associates more clearly. The part I liked least was the discussion at the end which, although interesting, really didn't add to the book. I could easily have lived without that. But overall it went along way to describing interactions with people and motivations of some. Excellent book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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