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Rachel

I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

YAKIMA, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and in exile, cut off from faith and human love, while amassing a hoard of golden guineas.

    Ramon says: "amazing"
    "Unusual, but good"
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    This isn't the sort of book I usually listen to, but I listened to Middlemarch this summer and really enjoyed it. I find Eliot to be a very interesting author. Her writing is not what I would call familiar or typical. She takes her time telling the story, taking you with her. This book was shorter than Middlemarch, but it had the same kind of leisurely pacing. With this book I didn't feel like I knew where we were headed, exactly. It wasn't predictable.

    I will probably read more by Eliot, but I will wait until I have time to spare. This is not a good book to read in breaks in between work or while distracted with chores.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Rothenberg
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty - and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.

    Rachel says: "Not as interesting as I hoped"
    "Not as interesting as I hoped"
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    The book sounds fascinating, unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. There seemed to be too much elaboration on the less interesting bits and not enough interesting bits. I just couldn't get into it enough to think much of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remake

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In Remake, Connie Willis explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art. It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking has been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. It's a Hollywood where Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are starring together in A Star Is Born, and if you don't like the ending, you can change it with the stroke of a key. A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim-sex, of drugs and special effects, where anything is possible.

    Aser Tolentino says: "I Don't Even Like Musicals..."
    "Not my favorite Connie Willis"
    Overall
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    This wasn't my favorite of the Connie Willis stories I've read, but it had some interesting ideas. The performance was good. I found the main character a little tedious, but its been a little while since I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, Astrid Henry
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The American women’s movement has been shrouded in myths, argue three leading scholars in this bold and revisionist history. Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women’s movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women’s history.

    Rachel says: "Useful information, well read"
    "Useful information, well read"
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    I got this book for some research into feminism for a presentation later this winter. I was surprised by how much I already new, but this book helped refresh my memory and straighten out some information for me about the earliest iterations of feminist action.

    Good quick review if you need it. Good intro if you need that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bill Nye
    • Narrated By Bill Nye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1260)

    Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

    Bryan says: "Inspiring"
    "Wow. Better than I expected"
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    I was hesitant to get this because I've read a lot about evolution and figured this wouldn't be anything new. I did enjoy Nye's debate with that one creationist guy, and the reviews for Undeniable were quite high, so I gave it a shot.
    And I was not disappointed. This book was really great. I was surprised by how many new ideas or new explanations or new perspectives Nye managed to cram into the book. Nye seems like an interesting guy and is a good performer/ reader.

    You won't regret this purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (607)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "You can skip this one"
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    Would you try another book from Marissa Meyer and/or Rebecca Soler?

    I loved the rest of the Lunar Chronicles and I thought this was the next in the series. I guess that's what I get for not reading the description carefully. I am looking forward to the real next book in the series, which comes out in FALL 2015.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Soler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Soler is good. Its the book I have a problem with.


    Was Fairest worth the listening time?

    nope, not really. Ok, maybe if you're really really into the Lunar Chronicles and need all the backstory, but this was just slow and depressing backstory for a storybook villain.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read this expecting any of the things you actually enjoy about the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, like interesting women fighting the "man" against all odds. This is a book about the "man" (except, uh, the queen, in this case).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (641)

    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    Peter says: "Engaging, fun, and educational"
    "Good moments but uneven"
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    On average I enjoyed the book. There were some topics (or materials) I found riveting, others I would have skimmed or skipped in a paper copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (14575)
    Performance
    (11937)
    Story
    (11896)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Good fun, light listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure, the book is a pleasant, enjoyable listen, especially if you already read Bossypants, enjoyed it and are looking for something different that is almost as good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found Poehler's struggles with the process of writing endearing and interesting to hear.


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

    I can't imagine reading this particular book, because it has so many guest narrators (famous comedians, mostly) and a live performance of the last chapter.


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

    Its not that kind of book, but Seth Myers' praise of the Palin Rap made me go watch it again. funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (2933)
    Story
    (2932)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Good typical Scalzi"
    Overall
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    If you like Scalzi books, especially those read by Will Wheaton, you'll probably enjoy this one. It's fast paced, interesting but certainly a fairly light read.

    Also Wil Wheaton is the best narrator ever (right after Jim Dale) and perfect for this sort of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (686)

    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    Sires says: "Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book"
    "Meh, this just didn't do it for me"
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    I'm not sure why I thought I might enjoy the second of this series when I only vaguely liked the first. I think I just wish it were written by Connie Willis.

    The story kept veering off randomly after what seemed like major events. Bad things happened, but then we're just over it, I guess? Whatever. I think the plot could use some editing to make it more clear or more logical or something.

    Neat premise, but skip Taylor and read the Doomsday Book or Connie Willis' other Oxford Time Travel books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "Not bad, not great"
    Overall
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    This book was a little underwhelming, but the premise was neat.

    I didn't particularly like the main characters, but I did enjoy some of the events that happened to them as they wandered through familiar stories. I also liked the way the changes in the story caught us up to our real world. It was fun to imagine the world as it was supposed to be at the start of their story.

    I want more of this, but written by someone else.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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