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Sharon

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  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (184)

    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
    "A must read for educators"
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    If you could sum up The Mind and the Brain in three words, what would they be?

    This book will open your eyes to just how complicated, yet chemically simple we humans are.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Explains quite a bit about human nature.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (722)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "Excellent read!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was designed for a science geek like me. Every one of the explanations was informative and entertaining.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    His humorous edge made the book enjoyable.


    If you could give What Einstein Told His Cook a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What you always thought you knew about food.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (384)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Debra says: "Very disappointing"
    "Disappointing sequel in an outstanding series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book tedious to listen to, and the story not easy to follow. There were too many names to unforgettable characters to keep my interest. I did finish listening, but just barely.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listened to the next sequel, Garment of Shadows, and was delighted to have a great Holmes story back again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    connie says: "for this series fan, a disappointment"
    "Entertaining Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Laurie King doesn't disappoint with this story. Once again there are some good characters and a convoluted story line to keep you entertained.


    What other book might you compare Garment of Shadows to and why?

    I think this book is as good as most of her books.


    What about Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie ’s performance did you like?

    I liked having the 2 voices for the two main characters. It made the story a bit more "real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    After Vicky Bliss stumbles over a clue to the existence of a hidden masterpiece by a late Gothic sculptor, she and her then-boyfriend, Tony, embark on a contest of will and wits to find the treasure.

    Edmund says: "THE edition of the book to hear"
    "Vicky isn't Amelia"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have read the entire Amelia Peabody series and loved the stories and characters. I thought this would be a similar read by the same author. Not really in the same class of story though- for me.


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

    I actually skipped forward just to see if I was right about the ending. I was......


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    She is great no matter who the author.


    Was Borrower of the Night worth the listening time?

    Not really, I skipped a good portion of it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    Amazon Customer says: "For fans of Alex Rider"
    "Sherlock as a Youth"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Cloud to be better than the print version?

    I thought this book did a good job of capturing the same feel of Doyle's character. It explained a few of his idiosyncrasies and beekeeping. The story was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Cloud?

    The paralyzed man's contraption for getting around was very "steam punk" and fitting with Holmes cases.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth checking out if you're a diehard Holmes fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (583)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "History as you never knew it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to history buffs as well as science geeks. It explains the whole way of thinking in the medical world at the turn of the 20th century. It put in perspective the end of WWI and just how quickly life could be snuffed out by these alien viruses.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    I find Scott's voice to be ok but his delivery is grating. I find there is too much "hype" in the words, if you know what I'm trying to say. His voice is not a calm, pleasing one. But that aside he does a wonderful job getting the meaning across.


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

    When I came to the conclusion that the smartest people in the world at that time still had no clue how to end this terrible epidemic. It makes me really appreciate the world of medicine in which we now live.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1279)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "Hilarious fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Smokin' Seventeen to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters are so more "New Jersey" than when I read these books!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smokin' Seventeen?

    Anything Lula does or says!


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

    She has a voice and personality for each character that are perfectly meshed. YOu know exactly who is talking.


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

    Laugh, laugh, laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (744)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "It is an adventure!"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of English?

    I liked the anecdotal stories that were thrown in with history to make the progression of English come alive. It explained a lot of words that I never knew came as the result of war bringing languages into an area or home with the troops.

    The delivery was not boring and it kept me engaged.


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

    I listened to this book over 3 days while quilting. It kept my attention- which is pretty good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1859)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Classic in a New Way"
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    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    I would listen to this again for the pure entertainment of Mr. Wood's rendition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Jim because of his simple wisdom. He was perfectly voiced and twanged by Elijah Wood.


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

    I am astonished at how the *N* word sticks out. It just shows how the English language and people have changed in 100 years. I laughed a lot. Twain was quite an observer of peoples.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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