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J. Lazarow

jml840

Central Texas | Member Since 2010

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  • Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of PlantBased Nutrition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. Morris Hicks, J Stanfield Hicks
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    This book is all about the single most powerful move that humans can make to promote health, reduce obesity, lower the cost of health care, nurture our fragile environment, conserve our energy resources, feed the world’s steadily growing population, and greatly reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms all over the world. As Dr. T. Colin Campbell says, “It turns out that if we eat the way that promotes the best health for ourselves, we also promote the best health for the planet."

    George says: "A Very Educational Book / Audio"
    "Loaded with Information"
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    This book is loaded with information and research findings--it is not a light and entertaining listen. I listen to this title when driving or walking to help reinforce lifestyle changes I am trying to make. The narrator's performance is rather pedantic and becomes a "forceful" monotone after awhile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2203)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "A Classic I Could Have Skipped"
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    I like to read/listen to "classic" works to fill the gaps in my literary and social education. I thought it would be nice to hear the original famous vampire story--this book and its characters are referenced in other literature and movies. Unfortuantely, I found this book painfully slow and therefore frustrating and boring. The performance is very good; it is the author's work that I do not like. I don't think it is a spoiler if I state that the entire book is presented as a series of diary/journal entries from the various character viewpoints. Only half-way through, the book began to seem interminable. Maybe drawing out the story created suspense for the original readers, but I was disappointed in this culture classic. Read the CliffNotes or a story summary online instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1676)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Another Great Bosch story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am hooked on Harry Bosch--all his good, bad, and idiosyncratic qualities. A very interesting story with lots of twists. Not my favorite narrator for Bosch, but still good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

    Zenjen says: "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    "Great Cadfael story."
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    I enjoy the easy pace of Cadfael stories, the subtle humor, and historical perspective. A great twist at the ending. Great performance as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1658)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "A fun holiday mystery"
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    I enjoy the Royal Spyness series--just the right mix of humor, history, and mystery--a light and enjoyable listen. I believe there were a few story inconsistencies with the previous book, mostly having to do with Georgie's wardrobe, but they did not affect the overall story. Darcy is in this story more than the other books, which is an added bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tailor-Made Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    A rising star in Christian fiction, Karen Witemeyer brilliantly blends humor and romance in this compelling debut novel. Texas liveryman Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do with the town’s new dressmaker, Hannah Richardson. He’s all too familiar with her kind - shallow, more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Except for her well-tailored clothing, however, she’s not at all what he expected.

    Candace says: "Very glad I checked this one out!"
    "A very enjoyable listen."
    Overall
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    This is the second story by the author, Karen W, that I have listened to, and I have enjoyed them both. Though the storyline is a bit predictable, the characters are interesting and there are just enough turns to keep it interesting. I needed a break from my usual murder mystery/suspense genre for something more wholesome and relaxing--and Karen W gave me just what I needed. I recommend her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1037)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Virgil Flowers is back!"
    Overall
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    Another great story from Sandford. I always enjoy Virgil's quirky personality and perspective. Sandford brings together a contrast of people, motives, and lives in a compelling plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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