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San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 151 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2015

  • Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herve This
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This book will appeal to foodies and those who are deprived of cookbooks in audio format. Molecular Gastronomy documents the sensory phenomena of eating and uses basic physics to put to bed many culinary myths. This audiobook presents pieces of conventional wisdom - such as whether it is better to make a stock by placing meat in already boiling water, or water before it is boiled - and gives its history before making scientific pronouncements.

    Brian Spring says: "Yawn"
    "Too much technical/chemestry verbage"

    Impossible to follow even with a chemistry background, in part do to the read. It is clear he does not know what he is talking about either.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dust to Dust: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.

    Jane Salley says: "This May Be Her Best"
    "Intrigue? Not much. Slow, you betcha!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another author perhaps

    What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

    S L O W . . .

    Would you be willing to try another one of David Colacci’s performances?

    Not right now.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dust to Dust?

    less wordy descriptive narration. It seemed to go on and on.

    Any additional comments?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "This book would have made a better movie, however"
    What did you like best about The King's Speech? What did you like least?

    Hearing about the times and practices of this historic period.

    Would you recommend The King's Speech to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably. It's worth the listen

    Do you think The King's Speech needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius
    • Narrated By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius

    The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough program from psychologist Rick Hanso, Ph.D. and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

    Roddie says: "one of the best"
    "Quiet, thought proviking and calming"
    Where does Meditations to Change Your Brain rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    With more than 500 audio books it would be difficult to answer that question. However of the several Buddhist and self-help books, this on is in the top 1/3. I have already re-listened to this one three times. It's short yet not without power.

    Try it, you'll like it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doesn't apply

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes with better voices, it would have been better. The readers sounded knowledgable and sincere. A professional reader could of done more.

    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Breath and give yourself some credit.

    Any additional comments?

    Good work guys.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Patron Saint of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson

    St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs.

    But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them.

    Deborah says: "Incomplete"
    "Ann Patchett is the Saint of good writing"
    Where does The Patron Saint of Liars rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    While the story is somewhat unrealistic, Ann's writing is so enchanting and Julia Gibson's reading so comfortable, it is a wonderful read/listen. You learn a lot about other times and other places, told only the way Patchett can tell it.

    I am a real Patchett fan after reading

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all but like the nun who

    What does Julia Gibson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice, the clarity and intonation are delicious.

    If you could rename The Patron Saint of Liars, what would you call it?

    Unwed Women

    Any additional comments?

    If I had a magic wish it would be to have a long lunch with Ann Patchett.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Chicago Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Audible should let you return books like this one"
    Would you try another book from Paul Murray and/or the narrators?


    What was most disappointing about Paul Murray???s story?

    Unlistenable. Could not understand the brogue, nor which character was speaking, nor why they were saying what they were saying. Did not finish the book. Very sad. It has such positive reviews. Who wrote them?

    How could the performance have been better?

    If you could understand the spoken word and the complications were not so complicated.

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

    I'm still pissed off at waisting a credit on this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Think about instituting a return policy. Bookstores had them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Not one of his best, but readable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This 3 tape book would have been a good 2 tape book if DeMille had not gotten so carried away with John Corey making soooo many stupid remarks. Corey's behavior recovering from 3 bullet wounds was absolutely fantasy and unrealistic. Scott Brick was brilliant. This book was too long. Thighten it up DeMille, unless you are being paid by the word.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Billy The Kid twist, but it took too long to get there and was not resolved as neately as it should have been

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Every time.

    Was Plum Island worth the listening time?

    Just barely.

    Any additional comments?

    Love John Corey, did not love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Remarkable reading"

    read/listen to this and it will change the way you think about thinking. A great read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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