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Jody R. Nathan

Tulsa, OK USA | Member Since 2017

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  • Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

    • HIGHLIGHTS (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Truman Capote, Ian Frazier, Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Philip Bosco, Amy Irving, Alton Fitzgerald White
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker magazine has met this challenge more often and more successfully than any other modern American journal. Starting with its light fantastic evocations of the glamorous and the idiosyncratic in the '20s and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor, The New Yorker's Profiles have presented readers with a vast and brilliant portrait gallery.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Exceptional writing makes this a fascinating read"
    "Exceptional writing makes this a fascinating read"
    Overall

    I have to admit that the Truman Capote story on Marlon Brando was a bit disappointing. But the rest, oh my! What a wonderful book of stories; it starts with Lillian Ross on Earnest Hemingway; then goes to Katherine White, one of the founding editors of the New Yorker; then goes on to profile boxers, "cool finders", a tightrope walker; Heloise (from Hints from Heloise); Edna Buchanan (Miami crime beat reporter); Isadora Duncan, and even a champion show dog. My two favorites were Mr. Hunter's Grave by Joseph Mitchell and A Pryor Love (about Richard Pryor) by Hilton Als. Mr. Hunter's Grave was not really about a person so much as about a small town on Staten Island; I know, I don't make it sound like much, but really, I hated to have it end. The story on Richard Pryor was insightful -- it showed the flaws in the man with such compassion and with enough understanding of Mr. Pryor's past to show how it all worked together first to make him into a celebrity, and then brought him down again.

    The narration on all the stories is good, but it is the writing that really makes this book stand out. It is the sort of writing that transports you from where ever you are into the world being profiled. You come away wanting to know more about the people discussed, and feeling like you may have met some new friends. 10 hours is not enough for this book; I hope they will put out the unabridged edition. I will go back and listen to these stories again.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Strange the Dreamer

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1810)

    The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

    Shane A. McGarry says: "Great until the ending"
    "A good fairy tale is hard to find -- here it is. "
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    I have always loved fairy tales. But a good fairy tale is hard to find. Sure, there's Neil Gaiman, but I've listened to all of his. And the vampire / werewolf genre doesn't do it for me. But this one was exquisite. The opening scene -- an orphan. Then a lost city. A mysterious temple. Strange animals. A journey. Gods and monsters. Really, what more could you want in a story? (Well, its in here, too!) And one of the best things? The hero is a librarian! Narration was excellent, too. Sad to come to the end of this one, guess I will have to look at Laini Taylor's other works to hold me over until the next one comes out. Note to families. There are some adult type scenes, but no explicit sex and no bad words. Still, may not be right for preteens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Kinds of Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6899)
    Performance
    (6373)
    Story
    (6339)

    Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

    Russell says: "Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats "
    "another harry Bosch story "
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    he works with his brother in this one. I liked it, expected his old partner to be a bad guy, was surprised. I really think this is one of the best police procedural series out there and this does nothing to change my mind

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IQ

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joe Ide
    • Narrated By Sullivan Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4042)
    Performance
    (3782)
    Story
    (3769)

    A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

    green ice cream garden says: "IQ way better than OK"
    "really enjoyed this one "
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    the narrator was excellent, but the story and characters were better. it's a story in a hard grimy urban setting , there's lots of foul language and adult situations. so, not for tender listeners. but there are lots of twists and turns and little stories inside the bigger stories. I found myself wanting 8.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (548)

    In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

    Labor Lawyer says: "Highly Accessible Read of Medical History."
    "Grisly is right!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the story of Joseph Lister and how he brought antiseptics into medicine. Which was a good thing. Because otherwise ick! Not particularly compelling,but informative. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2896)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2622)

    Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????"
    "American hero!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While a great commander on the field, and a statesman, he is gullible as to personal matters and a mark for charlatans. Narrator was good. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Hanks
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks
    Overall
    (2171)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2025)

    A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

    Dennis says: "Enjoyable and Inspirational"
    "uncommonly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am going out on a limb,here,but I think Tom Hanks likes typewriters. I like this book. I enjoyed listening to Tom Hanks read his collection of short stories, all of which include a typewriter.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Exhume: Dr. Schwartzman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Danielle Girard
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (675)

    Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can't tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose - and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it's been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.

    Lia says: "3 Stars Mixed Feelings"
    "drivel. main character idiotic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    no mystery other than how main character can be so stupid. secondary characters are better, but cannot save this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1088)

    Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco - as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks - Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories...and all the victims were her patients.

    antonio says: "Brian Freeman's "faux pas"...."
    "Interesting premise mediocre writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book has an interesting premise -- Dr. Frankie Stein (yup) can make you forget bad things; and replace bad memories with good ones. There's some strange deaths involving past patients. Then Dr. Stein helps the Inspector investigate the case, because fancy doctors always get to ride along with homicide detectives when they are out chasing bad guys. Even tho Dr. Stein is very intelligent, she is fooled by a sociopath and makes various stupid decisions which put her in harm's way. Conveniently, our hero is around to rescue her. The following sentence remains burned in my brain: She licked her lips with her tongue. As opposed to her elbow, I suppose? It's possible this writer just needs a better editor. and while there were a few scenes which tried to get to the when doctors act like gods, bad things happen theme, it's not at all clear that Dr Stein created the monsters revealed in the book. I was, however, able to finish the book, and it distracted me for a few days, so that's good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Speculation: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Erika Swyler
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1886)

    Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

    withherownwings says: "traveling carnival, tarot, love, fate, secrets"
    "Good, but could have been much better."
    Overall
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    I love fairy tales. Tales with a touch of the supernatural, and I love books and stories about them. This one was good, but it took so long for the characters to figure out what was patently obvious; I hate stupid characters, like the kids in slasher movies that open the door to look outside; and these are not stupid characters, but they are dense. And that is too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Katherine Moennig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7066)
    Performance
    (6499)
    Story
    (6469)

    Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

    Destry says: "Oh, the narration!"
    "New series, good police procedural"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book; nice to have a different protagonist. I am not sure that Connelly can "write women", but it didn't really matter in this book. There were a few threads left hanging, tho. I look forward to more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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