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Love to learn, love to share

Oberlin, OH, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 31 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.

    Darwin8u says: "A mythic & complicated life of a charismatic King"
    "Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell off"

    I was very excited to read about the poison king/alleged first toxologist, but this book was a severe disappointment. The content was dull and extremely repetitive, as was the voice, which I feel can best be described as a monotone grey. I thought I should tough it out, as the author made this historical figure out to be of great importance, but while that may be true, his portrayal of him leaves me wanting a straightforward story on the "known" facts of this man, not a repetition of, as he puts it, the opposite of historical fiction(bull).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "An interesting perspective"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Manipulation, Synthesis, Perseverance

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less focus on the use of descriptions such as "best ever" or "the crowd erupted". I feel as though, whenever jobs made statements to a crowd, the author portrays the audience as a mass groveling in the face of a god, however, when Jobs is talking in smaller groups, the gravity of a crass nature is underplayed by comparison.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little more study into the personalities of the different characters. I feel as though he has heard Jobs speak, as well as Bill Gates, and so can replicate their voices to a certain degree, but his dedication to other characters, and even these two at length, wanes, and he will quickly revert back to his natural narrating voice.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I don't think it would have been as effective. I think it is broken up because there is so much information and personality to digest, and I wouldn't change that.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more interviews with Jobs regarding his earlier life. I realize that he can't necessarily be trusted to correctly describe his beginnings, but I would've liked to have heard his opinion on matters as they came to light. All in all, I feel as though the author wasn't as critical of Jobs as he should have been. I understand that he was dying of cancer, and relatively weak, but I feel that, given his attention to detail, it would have been helpful for the author to have complete creative control, protected by a contract, so that he could have questioned Jobs a bit more aggressively, especially as his health recovered. This applies to the other characters interviewed. All in all, I felt as though there was too much of the author in the biography, whereas I wanted more of Steve Jobs and his effect on the people around him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Dianne Houston says: "OH NO ROY!!!! NOT DENARIS!!!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I am an auditory learner and I have found that listening to books has made me more likely to remember information on the first pass through. Getting through books is also a lot easier since I can do a number of other things, such as driving, while listening to a book. This was my first experience doing this and I can safely say that it is safer for me to listen to this book than reading the printed version. I can manage my obsession while not becoming a couch potato!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyrion Lannister was consistently my favorite character, mainly because, in spite of the many adversities he faces, he continues to persevere. An excellent role model in determination to live, though definitely geared, as with the entire book, towards a more mature audience. I also enjoyed Theon Greyjoy's character, as it was an interesting insight into the mind of someone that might be brainwashed/how to go about brainwashing an individual. Between the two characters I don't think there is much development, but I think the descriptive depth of their personalities more than makes up for it.

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

    Roy Dotrice is an excellent storyteller. It is clear that he has taken the time to develop multiple suitable voices for the different characters, the women in particular. Some of my favorite aspects of his performance are the exchanges between young maids and gruff soldiers. The only criticism I would give is in regards to consistency. I think it would have benefited him to have recorded each characters voice beforehand and compare them to each other, just to make sure there were no duplicates. I realize that with a story of this magnitude it can be difficult, but I don't believe it is outside the range of his skill.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just an enjoyable listen, nothing particularly shocking, what you would hope to expect in a well thought out political fantasy.

    Any additional comments?

    A bit long, but it is a mammoth book. I was not bored through any of it, and I would say that speaks to the content, given that it was over 2 days worth of listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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