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M. Levine

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  • An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

    Douglas says: "Sachs The Scientist"
    "Dr. Sacks is Fascinating"
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    Now I want to be a neurologist. Too bad my only qualifications are listening to Oliver Sacks' books... I would have been great!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (284)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "Thank God for Series!"
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    This has been such an enjoyable listen, and I dreaded coming to the end, but now I see that this is the first of a nice long series! I'm ridiculously happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (329)

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

    Sara says: "Loved it"
    "Slow start, but it got better."
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    Not much happens for the first hour, but it gets better. The narrator is okay, but his style is slow and ponderous.

    0 of 0 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
    (1537)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1386)

    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"
    "What a Hoot!"
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    I'll admit it took me a little while to get into this book, but then I couldn't stop listening. What a great tale--full of twists and turns and unexpected elements. There's a wonderfully dry sense of humor at work here. I totally loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (395)

    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "Nothing to Write Home About"
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    I kept waiting for something unique or interesting to happen, but it never did. And the narrator sounds like she's doing an infomercial....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Greg Fitzsimmons
    • Narrated By Greg Fitzsimmons, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, and others
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but-lucky for us-Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

    Linda says: "Funny and very entertaining."
    "A Fun Listen"
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    I wasn't familiar with the author, but he's funny and thoughtful. I enjoyed this very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of 20th-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope but also for its groundbreaking style. The novel opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos's characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl.

    Kindle Customer says: "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in story form"
    "Struggled to get through this one"
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    I found it difficult to keep going with this one. The interjection of innumerable headlines and bits of newsreel reports became tedious, and I really hated the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (550)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed this one!"
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    Memorable characters, plenty of surprises, and a great narrator. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6907)
    Performance
    (6267)
    Story
    (6271)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Gets off to a very slow start"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There's so much exposition and so little interaction between characters. Not up to his usual standards, and I almost decided not to finish it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job. Great voice, and he doesn't sound like the usual baritone voice-over guy.


    Do you think Hammered needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if he gets back to a better mix of FUN vs lectures...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7768)
    Performance
    (6977)
    Story
    (6996)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Another entertaining listen!"
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    Would you listen to Hexed again? Why?

    Yes, it was fast and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Hexed to and why?

    It's just as entertaining as his first book.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    I love Oberon.


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

    I like to stretch these things out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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