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Lauren E. Dillon

Pretend Farmer

Scottsdale, AZ | Member Since 2013

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  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 647 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2015
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  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (237)

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "Narrator Ruins Book"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Bernadette Quigley?

    I love Mary Roach. I hate this snarky, superior, judgmental narrator. She absolutely ruined this book for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

    NO!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Suzn F says: "Our Economy is In Trouble and How to Win? Not!"
    "Beautifully Written; Huge Downer"
    Overall

    I'd be hard-pressed to find a more poetically written contemporary novel. That said, it incredibly depressing, even with its reprieves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1329)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Interesting Facts That I Already Knew"
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    Would you try another book from Tom Standage and/or Sean Runnette?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    Symposiums and Their Origin


    Any additional comments?

    Good book and narrator. I'm not sure if it because I read a lot but I knew a great deal of this already and I read nonfiction to learn new things. Still, it was a pleasurable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1865)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Highly Informative!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A well-researched and highly informative book about a time period seldom dwelt upon, Destiny of the Republic is a very worthwhile read. I had no idea what a brilliant and accomplished man James Garfield had been, how ignorant and inflexible the state of medical care was, and how insane and delusional the thoughts of assassin Charles Guiteau. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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