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Bibi

Eagle River, AK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 86 ratings
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "Very entertaining and enlightening"
    Overall

    Wonderfully written account of prions: the diseases associated with them; the nobel laureates who study them; people affected; and how the problem began, was discovered, and has spread. Like a PBS special and a novel rolled into one, you learn quite a bit while being thoroughly entertained. A page turner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1808)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Wonderful listen"
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    This book was witty and entertaining. It had enough high tech geek stuff in it to make me feel very old in my mid-thirties (in an amusing way).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (445)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "Beats the other relationship books hands down!"
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    As a newly single psychologist I was pretty turned off by books like The Rules and He's Just Not that into You as sources of relationship advice. These are books written by people who are totally untrained about psychology or relationships, and go very much against what is known about attraction and love. I had studied child attachment theory and knew it was well validated, but really had never learned anything about attachment applied to adults. I was floored at how well this theory explains relationship behavior and was so totally able to explain dating and relationship issues I had run into. Even the exact phrases I had an avoidant partner use with me. This book spured me to do some delving into the scientific literature, which agrees with what the authors present. The advice appears good, except I think not encouraging enough that anxious folks should try to change their behavior and thinking (which is dysfunctional and can create relationship problems even with a securely attached person or one who is even mildly avoidant). It does paint avoidant folks as fairly hopeless and as the bad guys, which I'm not sure is 100% the whole truth. Although I did get a take home message of avoiding avoidants because they are just more trouble than they are worth! The book also doesn’t consider mixed attachment types (avoidant-preoccupied/fearful). However, this book does an excellent job explaining adult attachment in a simple and entertaining way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (873)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "This must be Molly Harper!"
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    Story

    This book was amazingly like a Molly Harper book in terms of the writing. I would put it as one her best...except it's (supposedly) not written by her. This is a wonderful story, original, and very entertaining. I was trudging my way through two other books and was excited to put them down (so to speak) to listen to this audiobook.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (2875)
    Story
    (2881)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Big difference!"
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    I had listened to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and didn't like it much. Found it unorginal and too similar to other series. I was hesitant to get this book, however, I thought this book was GREAT and I'm super happy I gave it a shot. Totally original and a very intertaining story. Once of the best listens for me in quite a while!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8665)
    Performance
    (6234)
    Story
    (6269)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Abrupt end"
    Overall

    The book was good, not five stars, but in my opinion a "page turner". Not a bad way to spend 20+ hours. Then it ends very abruptly. I literally thought I had another part to download and was eager to hear what was about to happen. Nope, that was the end. It clearly will have a sequel, otherwise I would give it one star for just suddenly ending without any closure and lots of loose ends.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1682)

    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Very good listen...if not a tad overly PG"
    Overall

    While I really enjoyed this book and the first in the series; however, it loses a star for me because the writer goes very far out of her way to never to use swear words and her characters never get further than 1st base despite everyone being very attractive, available, and interested in one another. It is too PG and too squiky clean, making the protagonist not human in ways other than being a supernatural being! It is the opposite of HBO or Showtime, where swearing and sex are gratuitous. This is a gratuitous lack of sex or swearing, to the point of being irritating. With this said I will listen to next in the series, but will have to steal myself against vicarious repression of animal insticts. It is like the Twilight series in this regard....but those are supposed to books for young teens. Is this?

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5107)
    Performance
    (3858)
    Story
    (3872)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Sookie meets Undead and Unwed...kind of"
    Overall

    I'm surprised so many other reviewers noted how much like the Stookie Stackhouse series this book is, but not many mention the Undead and Unwed series. For me, this was a cross between the two, more heavily borrowing from Undead and Unwed in style despite being set in the South and having many borrowed elements from the Sookie series. I would recommend sticking with either or both of the other series, both of which I really liked. This really was not as good as either other series and did "borrow" (steal) heavily from both, particularly the Undead and Unwed series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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