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Diana

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  • My Big TOE: Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas W . Campbell
    • Narrated By Thomas W. Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    My Big TOE: Awakening, written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds is brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.

    Michael says: "What a Trip (but to where?)"
    "Who are we? Why are we here? What's it all about?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Big TOE: Awakening to be better than the print version?

    I read the first part of the My Big TOE trilogy and found the audio version of the same book to be more enjoyable. Read by author Tom Campbell, his humor, jokes and slightly sarcastic observations in the asides make his book fun to listen to. Because there are so many complex ideas that are new to me, I am listening to the first book a second time now.

    I first read Robert Monroe's books, and listened to free Explorer audios on TMI's website, and then discovered that Explorer "TC" was Tom Campbell, and ordered his trilogy in paperback form. I find the audio version easier for me since I am usually sleepy at night when I have time to read and the audio version allows me to get the same information while doing other things in the day.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Old Harry's Game: The Complete Series 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andy Hamilton
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    It's not easy being Satan - thrown out of heaven by a vengeful, white-haired God merely for daring to voice the concerns of middle management and condemned for all eternity to listen to Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley. Still, there are new arrivals to welcome - the Professor, an atheist whose unerring optimism is a nasty blow, and Thomas, chairman of a privatised water company (so vile that Judas Iscariot starts calling him the Guv'nor).

    Mary says: "From Gary to Scumspawn in two easy seasons"
    "Clever humor but not laugh-out-loud humor"
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    There were some British references I didn't "get" in this radio comedy - and I think I laughed out loud only twice for the whole listen.

    There was a lot of clever over-the-top humor written throughout. I suppose that was a laugh track being used, because I rarely agreed with the laughter supplied.

    Still, I admire well-delivered clever and witty remarks, and there were some - but not enough to buy the next download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5786)
    Performance
    (5193)
    Story
    (5223)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Something is missing, main character is unengaging"
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    I hope I can return this audiobook - I've struggled through almost 4.5 hours of it, hoping that the story would kick in and get my interest - but it's not happening. And, it is a 19 hour book and I have no interest in investing any more time into this.

    The main character is so 2-dimensional that it is hard to have any empathy with him. The story is dark and the descriptions of scenery and events and people just need something . . . more . . . to be interesting.

    I see that this book got many awards - maybe the good stuff comes further into the story - but no more for me thank-you-very-much. Not every book works for every reader / listener, and in this case, it just didn't work out. Even the much praised multi-cast reading is just okay.

    For 4.5 hours of time, not much has happened of any interest in this story, and there's no point in going further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (426)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . . . Ha Ha . . ."
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    Funny, "Brilliant!", clever . . .

    If you are feeling stressed, or are bored, or need some laughs and entertainment . . . and "get" British humor (which isn't that different after all)

    this is one way to brighten your day . . .

    I got the series, from 1 to 4, but it looks like there might be some individual episodes available as extras. Found a Christmas special that sounds like it wasn't in the series . . . so fun continues for a little bit more.

    Great writing . . . excellent acting . . . funny . . . made me laugh out loud quite a few times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Scientific study induced Consciousness experience"
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    I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.

    Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.

    As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.

    The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.

    The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (944)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Flat humor, plain writing, narrator "reads" book"
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    Because I am awaiting the next Iron Druid book, the comparison to Iron Druid got me to buy this book. About 3 hours in, having to go back and relisten to parts I had missed because I started to daydream or nod off . . . I give up.

    The writing is plain - lacking in surprising details - barely a fleshed out story outline.

    The humor is off. I know I am expected to laugh or smile, but it falls flat and I just notice how it didn't work like it was supposed to.

    The narration is fast, clipped, and constantly at a high energy pace. But, life isn't like that, there are moments when people are reflective, sad, moody, snarky, cunning, compassionate . . . and a good narrator changes the pacing to reflect that.

    The story doesn't draw me in. Everything and everybody is too simple. Perhaps this is good enough as a children's story.

    And, there just isn't the wit and cleverness of author Kevin Hearne of the Iron Druid series. No way. Unfortunately for this author, Benedict Jacka, I've just come off a series binge of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant / River books - full of clever and surprising descriptions and observations and 3-D characters and interesting plot twists - and that's partly why this book is Soooo Boring. It's like going from an A-List to a B minus-List author.

    And, unfortunately for this narrator, Gildart Jackson, I've just spent a week listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, (who one listener claimed they would be happy just listening to him read the phone book.) And, yes, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an awesome narrator who can do a multitude of character voices and subtle nuance and can "act" out a scene and entertain listeners. So, now I have higher expectations of a narrator, and unfortunately for Gildart Jackson, I have Kobna Holdbrook-Smith fresh in my mind to make comparisons.

    So, having bought this book with high expectations that weren't met, I sadly give up and move on. Waiting for the next Iron Druid book, and impatiently waiting for the next book featuring Peter Grant that is narrated by the awesome Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4869)
    Performance
    (4197)
    Story
    (4170)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Kept my attention, pretty interesting explanations"
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    A surprisingly interesting coverage of the differences between introverts and extroverts, how our society works, and what each has to offer.

    Sometimes I'll get an *educational* book and listen to it more out of a dutiful goal of wanting to improve a base of knowledge.

    This book was fascinating and listening to it was an eager-for-the-next-bit experience. It is a book that could make a difference for individuals, as well as for schools, companies, and pretty much any group of people that need to interact with people, including families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    The ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan gets more than greasy corn dogs and flat soda when he visits a carnival in Kansas to which his apprentice, Granuaile, drags him. He runs across a barker with a strange power over the crowd: attractive women leave their men and disappear into an unmarked tent, never to be seen again, and the men wander away, forgetting that they ever had girlfriends or wives. When Granuaile falls under the barker’s influence and enters the tent, Atticus isn’t about to forget it and move on.

    Desecration980 says: "OMG the narrator"
    "Hard to adjust to a different narrator"
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    A nicely written short story, but I've gotten used to the Iron Druid narration by Luke Daniels, and it was hard to accept a different version of the characters.

    The Iron Druid series' humor comes from Oberon, and Luke Daniels' talent at bringing humor through in his reading style was sorely missed, especially when Oberon was *talking* in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (357)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "So entertaining, great story & fantastic narration"
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    This is a great audio series! I do feel guilty though. I had paperwork to do today and instead indulged in listening to this audiobook, simply doing menial chores so I could pay attention. This series isn't of books that can be listened to "in the background" because of the author's beautiful attention to details. Some of the audio books I listen to are not worth backing up to catch a paragraph or two that I may have missed, but the Peter Grant series of books are so intriguing that if there is an interruption or distraction, I go back and listen to sections again.

    The narration is fan-tas-tic and is a huge part of what makes this a successful audio series. The wrong narrator could have left this series languishing. Plus, the production is professionally done, making the experience an enjoyable escape.

    I finished this book in one day. I prefer to buy book series that are already completed, so am unfortunately going to have to wait for the next one. But, the first five books have been a lot of fun . . . I'm so looking forward to the next Peter Grant book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (598)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Perfect audiobook marriage of author & narrator"
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    This is such an entertaining series of books. Ben Aaronovitch's writing has a light and humorous undercurrent. The descriptive scenery, attention to detail, insightful observations, and brilliant conversations keep the listener's interest.

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is wonderful with the distinctive character's voices and acting. There is no rote reading of a book here. The only flub up on the narration was in a past book with an odd American accent. But, I still rate Holdbrook-Smith as a 10 out of 10 narrator, very strong in acting ability and with a range of accents that still holds true when voicing conversations between a man and a woman. What awesome talent!

    This is a wonderful book series that has been greatly enhanced by being matched with the perfect narrator.

    Additionally, this is a professionally turned out audio series. I enjoy the musical interludes between chapters.

    If a person is looking for an entertaining book series, with interesting plots and characters, with consistently clever ideas being tossed to the listener, the Peter Grant series is one I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (845)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Great entertainment, with a humorous undertone"
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    A very enjoyable series, with an author gifted in observing and describing the details of our surroundings, of people, and in the weaving of intricate historical and societal threads.

    The narrator is superb.

    There is humor and heart throughout.

    Professionally presented. An exceptional example of how entertaining an audiobook can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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