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Betty A. Wright

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Sugar City, ID United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (757)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "fun and informative"
    Overall

    I found this book very interesting. I appreciate the narrator being able to pronounce the Olde English and other foreign words. Interesting stories explaining or illustrating concepts. I recommend this book much more as an audio read than a visual one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Murphy
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

    E. Birdsell says: "Don't expect technical depth..."
    "Nice story, not the best narrator"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about An American Plague? What did you like least?

    The story was well done with many quotes from people who lived through the horror. I did not like the choice of reader, the reading is too plodding/careful. He uses inflections with his voice going up and down, but reads at the same pace as if he were reading to a metronome.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Murphy? Why or why not?

    I would try the author again. The subject is interesting and the writing style is comfortable.


    What didn’t you like about Pat Bottino’s performance?

    The reading sounds forced and unnatural lacking the speed variations common in most readings. He is very careful in pronunciation. The reading style just doesn't feel comfortable to me.


    Was An American Plague worth the listening time?

    Yes. I learned a lot about that time in history, the plight of the poor, the heroic efforts of nurses many of whom were black, and how life changed because of this plague.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (965)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "A miracle that I am grateful for."
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    I will never take antibiotics for granted again. After listening to this book, I realize just how fortunate I am to live at this time when so many conditions are easily cured with antibiotics. People died from sore throats? Or a splinter in their foot? As I read I thought about the scene in Pride and Prejudice when Jane gets sick. Mr. Bennett makes a joke about her dying, but after this book I realize that people did die from things we consider rather common, like colds. Made me very grateful, not only for scientists who work hard to discover these drugs, but for the chances that made these discoveries possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "I lost sleep over this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Wow, I had no idea how much prions affected our world! From cannibals, to mad cows, to inherited conditions. Mad cow hit the head lines and we all learned some, but this book exposes and explains the stories behind the headlines, and why these diseases are so scary. Nothing graphic, good language, highly recommend this book to all interested in disease, science, and a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1477)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "A fun walk down the path of chance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fun read, full of interesting details, fascinating stories, and memorable explanations. I learned a lot, shared much with my students, and will listen again and again because it is that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poems for Two Voices: Joyful Noise, I Am Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Paul Fleischman
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes, Scott Snively
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Paul Fleischman's Poems for Two Voices make for irresistable listening. Whether funny, sad, boisterous or serene, each poem is a virtuoso performance - skillfully illuminating a unique personality from the natural world.

    Betty A. Wright says: "delightful twist on poetry readings"
    "delightful twist on poetry readings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have used these books for years as a way of getting my students to put expression in their reading while exposing them to poetry. Students have delighted in practicing their parts and performing for other students and school staff. Now I can share with them one way of presenting the poems.

    The narrators, and there are a few, do excellent presentations of these fun poems. Joyful noise is mostly insect poems, I love the Honey Bee one. I am Phoenix focuses on birds. Listen, enjoy, laugh, listen again, buy the book and read it with someone you love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Empire, Book 2, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Foundation and Empire, the second in the series, charts the struggles of two mighty forces of civilization who oppose each other in a galactic battle for mastery of the universe. By science and will, the Foundation has so far managed to survive and even gain control of a small federation of planets. However, it has greater enemies to face and finds itself caught between the decaying but still all powerful Empire and the rising forces of the mule - a powerful and talented mutant.

    Narses Barona says: "Very Disappointing and Misleading"
    "Missing the whole second half."
    Overall
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    Story

    Disappointing. This is a weird production with lots of annoying "sci fi" music between sections. I could live with that, but then I got to the second part of the book, the rise of the Mule, and that part is missing entirely, just lots of funky (in a bad way) music. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3557)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2039)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Interesting, but uncomfortable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I freely admit that I did not finish this book. I managed to get about half way through before my stomach could take it no longer. Mary Roach adds lots of interesting facts to her story and adds insightful comments by many whose position leads them to work with the dead, but this book is not for those who are squeamish or who have a delicate stomach. I thought myself quite tough, but the subject matter got to me as well. It is interesting, but I could only handle so much. Maybe later I will be able to go back and finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Drayton says: "This Book Delivers"
    "Lots of earthquake information, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are looking for a book about the San Francisco earthquake, read chapter 10. If you are interested in earthquakes, eclectic information about quakes, and a story that jumps like a conversation, this is it. It is an interesting book with information on seismographs, beliefs about the causes of earthquakes by various groups (before modern understanding of quakes), and how at least one religion got its start because of the San Francisco quake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (197)

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderful stories and details. I enjoyed learning about these amazing creatures that share the world with us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6882)
    Performance
    (2692)
    Story
    (2701)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "What a intreging way to celebrate our existance!"
    Overall

    From the remarkableness of our being here, now, in our present state, to how scientists discovered almost everything, this book is fascinating, informative, well read, and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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