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Julianne Fries

NY, NY | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    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"
    "Compelling story, will give this book as gifts"
    Would you listen to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice. So much interesting information expertly crafted.

    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Very appropriate choices.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was amazed. I've worked with HeLa cells for many years and yet never knew the story behind the cells other than how the book starts out.

    Any additional comments?

    In the hard copy of the book, there are pictures. I wish that the audio version had thought to include these pictures as a supplementary file to go with the book. That would be my criticism but that is not a flaw in the book or the reading, but in audible's marketing plan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Not a zombie fan but liked this book"

    Zombies are not the focus of the book but rather a way to use a fantastical idea that everyone knows to conceptualize what would happen civically should such a "virus" occur. How would governments and populations cope. What strategies would need to be reimagined to deal with such a situation. My major criticism with the audio book was that it was abridged. I wish it hadn't been as the situations were compelling. Like many stories, developing an ending is always difficult and this was the case here as well. I would have liked a better resolution than what was given, but then again perhaps in the unabridged version that was the case. Recommended for people who like to think strategically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Target audience is likely HS or college boys"
    What disappointed you about Hounded?

    The writing is not terribly sophisticated and often the jokes and plot lines were obvious so I knew the outcome before they actually happened; however, that said, I'm not the target audience for this book. I do think that many HS or young college boys would find the book enjoyable and funny.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

    Probably not.

    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    young, sardonic, flat

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


    Any additional comments?

    This review sounds negative because this wasn't written for an older adult. I found many of the pop culture references obvious and so not clever or funny although clearly they were intended to be this. However, a younger audience would likely eat this up. I did enjoy both the writer's and the reader's characterization of the dog.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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