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Conchita

Raymond, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

    Shaliali says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Promising preview but disappointed in the end"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better reader, better story


    What could John Harwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The premise was a good one, but I just didn't connect with the characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Had more expression; her voice made me sleepy.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin Sorbo
    • Narrated By Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

    Patricia says: "Easy Listening"
    "If you are a fan of Sorbo you will like this book"
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    Would you listen to True Strength again? Why?

    Yes. Just to hear Sorbo's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Strength?

    Finding out about what it was truly like to film Hercules.


    What does Kevin Sorbo and Sam Sorbo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The pleasure of hearing Kevin's voice. I can't say the same for Sam's voice, it lacked expression though wasn't unlistenable.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the way that Sorbo still maintained his privacy even though this was about a very personal issue that he went through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of the highly regarded Portuguese Irregular Verbs (200 LTD copies sold!) and a pillar of the Institute of Romance Philology in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg, finds that life is very difficult these days. His academic rival (and owner of a one-legged dachsund) Detlev-Amadeus Unterholzer has been winning undeserved recognition. With help from the matchmaking Ophelia Prinzel, he stumbles toward a romance with Frau Benz, a charming widow who owns her very own Schloss and a fleet of handsome cars.

    Jean says: "The Professor!"
    "Must read!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unusual Uses for Olive Oil to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, only listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Professor Von Igelfeld. He is so complex to everyone else but paradoxically so because he is so simplistic in his personal view of things. By simplistic I mean that he follows certain rules for everything in his life which then cause difficulties in his relationships with others. Even though his actions make your jaw drop sometimes in disbelief, you can't help but connect with and feel for Von Igelfeld.


    What does Paul Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The perfect tone of the Professor's view of things. The way he reads makes it even funnier.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is one of my absolute favorites. I have listened to the series twice and will definitely listen to it again. There is far too much time between each book. Alexander McCall Smith is a superb writer. I would highly recommend this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eric Manheimer
    • Narrated By Eric Manheimer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.

    Lynne says: "Awesome Book"
    "Disappointed"
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    What did you like best about Twelve Patients? What did you like least?

    I can't say I really liked anything "best" about it. I usually enjoy medical nonfiction, but found the stories kind of boring. I don't know if this had to do with the narrator. No inflection or differentiation between characters by voice. I also found it irritating how political views were inserted in the narration. I guess he had every right to do so because it is a nonfiction account of cases he was a part of, but for some reason it seemed to take away from the actual story that was being told.


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

    Blah.


    Did Twelve Patients inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27632)
    Performance
    (14221)
    Story
    (14275)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A must listen!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book keeps you wanting more; it makes you laugh and cry; sometimes at the same time. The readers are excellent. I didn't feel at any time that the author was belittling or putting herself above others. It is a genuine heartfelt story that is believable. I would listen to this again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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