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Bill

Coppell, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4081)
    Performance
    (3487)
    Story
    (3482)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Well written and very good narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Defending Jacob to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


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

    The narrator helps me visualize the story better than if I were readin the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leslie Maitland
    • Narrated By Leslie Maitland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

    Ellen says: "I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!"
    "Horrendous!!!!!!!!"
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    What would have made Crossing the Borders of Time better?

    Change the narrator and the author.


    What could Leslie Maitland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story seemed to be good, but the narrator was worse than a middle school kid reading a book report and the book was a poorly written high school essay.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No voice training or experience in story narrating. Terrible voice. She's narrating a chronicle. Impossible to distinguish the different characters. Impossible to inmerse into the story or the emotions that make up the story. One thing is to be the author and a character who participates and is a witness of the events in the story, but this does not qualify you to professionally narrate the story.


    What character would you cut from Crossing the Borders of Time?

    no comment.


    Any additional comments?

    Remake the entire audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (184)

    Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

    Roy says: "Neurophysiological Explanation"
    "Very good book"
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    Would you listen to Buddha's Brain again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I also have the printed version and I have other similar reference books and other materials. I'm a Zen master and a Neurologist. I integrate alternative medicine in my practice. I give several lectures and lead several retreats every year. I use reference material all the time. I have added this title to my reference material. It is well written and has substantial and reliable peer reviewed references. This is a resource that I would highly recommend to people interested in undestanding the neurobiology of meditation, prayer and the effects of neuroimmunology in supporting health and aiding in the treatment of disease.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The structure of the book is well layed out and has a logical sequence with easy to understand language and straightforward linking of concepts to the scientific concepts and references.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Bomar Jones – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Other recommended reading: "Who is in charge" by Michael Gazzaniga

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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