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A. Sisk

San Francisco | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 162 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Mostly sad. I wanna give Carrie Fisher a hug."
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    What did you like best about Wishful Drinking? What did you like least?

    Its an interesting heartbreaking story. I really wish her the best. I think her novels are better than her biography because this runs towards therapy and away from entertainment. I found it exhausting to listen to.
    Knowing how badly Star Wars messed with her head kind of ruined the trilogy for me now.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Carrie is a great performer.


    Was Wishful Drinking worth the listening time?

    If you enjoy feeling uncomfortable and sad while reading, yes. I liked it enough, but I won't be listening to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Doughty
    • Narrated By Caitlin Doughty
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

    LB says: "Important Book on Confronting Mortality"
    "Amusing tales reflecting on contemporary death."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think this book outlines the many approaches to dealing with the dead, the problems of the absence of bodies in our culture, while also being a funny read about a 20 something trying to navigate their place in the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes?

    Most of the narrations about working in the crematorium but particularly the parts involving dead children and babies and the management of their bodies.I'd say more but I wouldn't do those passages justice.


    What about Caitlin Doughty’s performance did you like?

    I think Caitlin has a great conversational tone and animated speech pattern that works great for audio books.


    Any additional comments?

    It is so nice to hear that I am not alone thinking that some of our approaches to death and dying need to be rethought.It was interesting to learn about the ins and outs of embalming and cremation, its a more personal look at death but in a similar vein to Stiffed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Elizabeth London
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

    Tamara says: "save your time and skip this book"
    "This book is a great tool!"
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    Where does 168 Hours rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10. This book is so valuable I have it on audio and in book form, my husband and I both use it to keep our lives manageable while doing so many different things.


    What other book might you compare 168 Hours to and why?

    Brilliant Life maybe, though I feel like this book has more research attached to it.


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

    Unobtrusive narration that allows you to listen to the book while doing other things?


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    certain tasks we perceive as taking alot longer than they actually do, and don't do your own laundry.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to really help sort out my goals post grad school, and the book was really helpful for my husband who is mid career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1560)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "All around great book"
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    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top two of audio books I have listened to.
    I like contemplating god/less, my own personal morality, learning more about other cultures, Penn's life, and family, atheism, magic, I like that its not arrogant, but a personal tale of Penn navigating life and the universe and learning how to best be in the world for him.

    It inspired me alot, and probably changed my life.


    What other book might you compare God, No! to and why?

    Arguably Hitchens: as far as why theology is problematic, but you will miss all the underwater sex, celebrity experiences, and magic and so on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Extreme Elvis in the Swimming pool at Dawn in Vegas.


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

    Penn talking about his mom and dad and sister, made me cry almost everytime.


    Any additional comments?

    I love you Penn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In September 1838, a young Englishman named Charles Darwin hit upon the idea that "natural selection" among competing individuals would lead to wondrous adaptations and species diversity. Twenty-one years passed between that epiphany and publication of On the Origin of Species. The human drama and scientific controversy of that time constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that illuminates this cautious naturalist who sparked an intellectual revolution.

    J B Tipton says: "Darwin portrait."
    "Contemplating the life and times of Darwin."
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    Would you listen to The Reluctant Mr. Darwin again? Why?

    This book covers some biographical details surrounding his life and his theories, and what they meant socially and culturally at the time. Packed with fun facts and contemplation true to David Quammen's writing.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He is a good reader, unobtrusive, pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to understand Darwin the man and how all his work came to be, read this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11632)
    Performance
    (10847)
    Story
    (10855)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "I have listened to this book probably 6 times."
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    This book is a fairly predictable plot but the details are SO marvelous, you won't care. The genius is in the nostalgia, the real understanding of the effects of technology was we know it, and how gaming is loved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't think of anything I didn't like. seriously.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    He was the most PERFECT narrator for this.He clearly understood the story on a personal level and reveled in it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas French
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco.

    Katherine says: "Excellent!"
    "The complicated world of zoos"
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    What did you love best about Zoo Story?

    This was a very exciting book, which explores the complicated relationship of zoos to conservation and the blurry grey areas of good and bad zoo keeping, and the problem of wild natural animals in civilized engineered human spaces. I really enjoyed the book and was pleased that it was very balanced in how zoos are good and bad.


    What other book might you compare Zoo Story to and why?

    Monsters of God By David Quamman


    What about John Allen Nelson’s performance did you like?

    it was not annoying. Nothing worse than a narrator who has an annoying voice.


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

    It had me from the beginning, when they were transporting a herd of elephants on a plane.I cried several times throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book answers many questions and raises some as well, as far as how humans deal with and preserve animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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