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Elizabeth

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  • Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (107)

    Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse.

    C. Schmidt says: "GREAT book, awful narration"
    "4-star book with 2-star narration"
    Overall

    This book is informative and pretty well-written, but the narrator makes the baffling choice to read every quote (and there are several throughout the book) in a different voice, most of which sound absolutely ridiculous. Totally out of place in a serious non-fiction book, and I have no clue why somebody...the producer, for one...didn't stop him from narrating in this way.

    Seriously. His accented voices are truly terrible...along the lines of "Vee haff veys to make you talk".

    It's not quite bad enough to make me stop listening to the book (which is quite interesting), but it's enough to irritate me every single time he does it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2304)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (938)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Not Connelly's best"
    Overall

    I've read all of Connelly's novels, and while this one isn't terrible, it's definitely not his best. Too much bloodshed, not enough story.

    Also, I really don't like this narrator. His voice sounds oddly wheezy, which detracted from the story. I much prefer Peter Giles, who narrated some of Connelly's other recent books.

    Beware when reading some of the other reviews on this site, as apparently people think it's acceptable to include spoilers withot warning you ahead of time...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Matters!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ron Currie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophecy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question, "Does anything I do matter?"

    fred says: "Don't Give Up On This One"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Possibly the best audiobook I've listened to all year. For me, one measure of a great audiobook is that it leaves me glad that I chose to listen rather than read the printed book, and this one certainly meets that mark. The narration was perfect.

    The book itself was incredibly moving without ever being sappy...if you like Vonnegut, you should really give this one a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Selden Edwards
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The Little Book is a masterpiece of unequaled storytelling that announces Selden Edwards as one of the most dazzling, original, entertaining, and inventive novelists of our time.

    B. Norwood says: "Delightful"
    "Interesting, but not entirely successful"
    Overall

    This book was recommended to me by several people whose judgement I trust. However, I found it to be alternately interesting and annoying. Interesting in the time travel concept and the historical setting; annoying because several aspects of the story simply don't ring true. The author goes on and on about how fascinating this teacher is, and how all his students worship him, but never shows why exactly the boys admire him so sincerely. And the main character is portrayed as a godlike character...he doesn't come across as remotely believable or human, he just appears to be there to serve the author's plot purposes.

    Also, the narrator uses an oddly toned and stilted voice when reading lines from the female main character...kind of breathy and contrived. I wish he'd kept to a more normal voice rather than trying to sound "feminine".

    If you like historical fiction, you might enjoy this more than I did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (405)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this book...it is a fascinating and nuanced portrait of the progress of Alice's disease and it's effect on her and her loved ones. Touching, but not maudlin.

    During breaks between listening to segments of the book, I found myself thinking quite a bit about the philosophical questions raised along the way. This book really makes you think.

    The narrator was a tad annoying at first, but I quickly fell into the story itself and didn't notice her voice at all.

    This is a really good choice for an audiobook; I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much had I chosen the print version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5687)
    Performance
    (2306)
    Story
    (2337)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Ponderous and maddeningly slow narration"
    Overall

    I couldn't even listen past the first ten minutes because the narration seemed so gratuitously slow to me. I picked up the print book instead, and now I'm inclined to think that part of the blame belongs to the author. I thought I would enjoy this book; what a disappointment.

    The author combines the worst excesses of Hemingway and Faulkner...not an easy feat. I normally like both literary fiction AND apocalyptic scenarios, so my dislike of the book doesn't stem from either of those (as appears to be the case with many other negative reviews); I just can't stand the way Cormac McCarthy writes. I realize I'm in the minority on this one, so if you've liked other books by this author, feel free to ignore my review. Be forewarned; if you don't like this book after reading the first fifteen minutes (or first couple of pages), just cut your losses--it's not going to get any better.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

    Suzn F says: "It got better...."
    "Excellent audiobook"
    Overall

    I've listened to about 40 books since joining Audible, and this is one of my favorites. I love the author's voice, and the writing is wonderful--nothing too showy or flowery, just a really nice use of language. I do suggest that you read "Autobiography of a Face" before you listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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