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  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (157)

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "Recommended"
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    What did you like best about Musicophilia? What did you like least?

    The subject matter and insight into the ways humans work and how little we know about it is what intrigues me most. The repetitiveness of the episodes narrated is what can get boring.


    Do you think Musicophilia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It is well self-contained.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1826)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Disappointing Narration"
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    A fine novel and I enjoyed listening. I've read it many times. Some of the peculiarities of the language don't come through in listening as well as they do in text, as with Adah - Ada. However, the narration was the least enjoyable part of this for me. It was clear and easy enough to listen to but lacked the sound of the south and distinction between characters that I would have expected and was also looking forward to. There is a sound to the South that needs to come across to fully appreciate what Kingsolver is creating in this novel. It was all rather too monotone - no syrup. It suited some characters, like Adah, but not all of them, not a little girl, Ruth, or the mother. I would have liked to be able to start listening at any point and know who was speaking in the novel just by the voice, as each chapter alternates between characters, but that was very rarely the case.
    I would still recommend this because it is such a great story and fabulous writing, but I wouldn't recommend listening without having also read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6672)
    Performance
    (5065)
    Story
    (5145)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Great Listen"
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    I listened on a long road trip and it was really enjoyable for me. Kept me awake and interested. I tend to like non-fiction audiobooks, though I love fiction writing, and I loved the way this was fiction written like non-fiction. It was perfect for me and a fun subject matter mixed with some accurate historical information. Definitely a book I would not have enjoyed reading but thoroughly enjoyed listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Julian Reinoso
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

    Maury Davis says: "Narration difficult to understand"
    "The accent is too heavy to hear the story through."
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    What would have made Don Quixote better?

    A different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Reinoso’s performances?

    Never.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed because I couldn't bear to listen to the story, which, itself, is a fun story. Julian Reinoso could not pronounce basic English words. I didn't listen to a sample before ordering this book, which is my own fault.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (770)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you listen to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales again? Why?

    Yes. It was interesting and moving and well narrated. Made me laugh out loud espite its seriousness.


    What other book might you compare The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales to and why?

    Musicophelia, Awakenings, similar subject matter and same author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The man who mistook his wife for a hat


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5618)
    Performance
    (5039)
    Story
    (5031)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Great Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Deborah Harkness, probably not. The first of the trilogy was all right, but I had to force myself to get through this one.
    Jennifer Ikeda had an amazing range in her performance and a wide range of accents. It was an enjoyable narration but I could have done with a few less accents.


    Would you recommend Shadow of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Juvenile and dramatic without the heft to support the drama.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Henry, with the hearing impairment.


    Did Shadow of Night inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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