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Marianna

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  • 59 ratings
  • 139 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (948)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Interesting facts, boring narrator"
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    I liked the book because of some interesting facts in it, but I think, I would've enjoyed it more if the narrator was reading it with some more excitement. For me, every joke fell flat because of her reading and had to listen on twice the normal speed, so it wouldn't seem so slow.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (123)

    Best-selling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

    Vicki S. Towne says: "Thought-provoking, great listen"
    "Bad narration"
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    I respect Deepak Chopra and his work, but the book have been much better with somebody else narrating it. The way he is reading the story is not enjoyable at all.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27343)
    Performance
    (13950)
    Story
    (13998)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A new addition to my Favorites"
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    One of the reader's review says: "You know a book has become part of your soul when you start to hear its
    characters' voices in your head (that or I'm officially going nuts)." Well, I couldn't have said it any better, that's exactly how I feel. This book is beautiful, gripping and won't let you go for a long time. It takes place in Jackson, Mississippi during
    the Civil Rights Era, telling a story about 3 women, who make you laugh, cry and drop your jaws open mouthing the words "oh my god!" all the way through the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10330)
    Performance
    (5239)
    Story
    (5273)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "a waste of credit"
    Overall

    I am very disappointed in this book, maybe because I expected too much from it, but the way King writes is so vulgar (a football game compared to this one is like a knitting club) and boring, I can't even make myself finish it. (which is really bothering, since this hardly ever happens).
    I always say to give every book a chance, all of them have something to say. Well, this one has too...it keeps saying: "It was a waste of time, it was a waste of money!"

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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