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magicmarmot

Magic Marmot Studios

Minneapolis MN USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (615)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Grace says: "Great book. Very illustrative."
    "BS detector goes "PING""
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    What disappointed you about Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love?

    I wanted to give this a shot. The idea is that there is a new "science" of attraction, but as the descriptions progressed, the categories really fall into levels of insecurity and selfishness. The book really hits a stride when it starts focusing on the insecure type as being the one who could most benefit from the ideas, but it starts wearing thin when you think of insecure people looking for love as a target market, and starts seeming almost predatory.

    Walter Dixon's performance is quite good, but the material just does not sit well with me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (702)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Amusing idea, carried off quite well."
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    What made the experience of listening to Mogworld the most enjoyable?

    Discovering the elegant and clever ways in which the author ties the concepts of game-world into the experiences of the characters as a kind of evolving mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The undead girl/love interest.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Yahtzee Croshaw?

    Quite possibly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You'll Never Respawn Again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1843)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Daryl says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Loves me some Gaiman"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's excellent, free, and more Neil Gaiman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Click-Clack the Rattlebag?

    The ending, which I shall not give away.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, most notably The Graveyard Book. I have nobody that I would rather have read Gaiman than Neil Himself.


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

    No, but that's not really my thing. It's an excellent story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1859)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Enter the Bloggess"
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    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I've only seen Jenny Lawson's writing on her website. This book, being read by her, adds a certain amount of delightful weirdness that is compelling and wry.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    The Bedwetter (Sarah Silverman) is about as close as I have in my comparison arsenal.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    Hers, of course. Though her father is a close second.


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

    Not really. It's well-digestible in chapters, which fits my listening style quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, there is a more touching and personal experience than I expected. It's nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (233)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Classic Science Fiction, unfortunate narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. The book is classic, but Ray Bradbury's narration is unfortunately dull and mumbling and difficult to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fahrenheit 451?

    Discovering that I had the ability to speed up the narration a bit.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Bradbury?

    If I had my choice, James Marsters.


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

    Almost unlistenable, unfortunately.


    Any additional comments?

    I would very much like to find this narrated by a professional actor/narrator. Nothing against Mr. Bradbury, but at the time of this recording, narration was not his strong suit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight: A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    He's a PI trying to put his life in perspective after his last go-round with the ultimate evil, but the chilling phrase returns again: "Your sister is going to hell, Jack Nightingale." This time it is uttered by a dead woman hanging over a staircase, her neck broken by the laundry cord she tied around it before tossing herself over the banister. But Jack and his sister have been separated since birth. How can he save someone he’s never met?

    Kay says: "Disappointed"
    "Rich tapestry of British-flavor voices"
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    What made the experience of listening to Midnight the most enjoyable?

    For me, the lovely voice of Ralph Lister is one that I want to immerse myself in to pick up the subtle nuances of the working-man London accent, as opposed to the BBC-sterile voices that I usually get exposed to.


    What other book might you compare Midnight to and why?

    This one was pretty unique in its presentation. It reminded me of a Brit cop show (like Cracker), more reality-based, with the supernormal elements being illustrated as possibly just superstitious crap. Really well done.


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

    The voice. Compelling and believable characterizations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This Time Tomorrow, You Will Be Dead.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18496)
    Performance
    (16727)
    Story
    (16863)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Similarities to the Hunger Games? Twilight?"
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Based solely on this novel, probably not-- it's not really the style of story that binds me. It's a perfectly good story, particularly if you like more "political" intrigue.


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

    It's not my story to change. It would be presumptive of me to suggest changes. My personal tastes lead more toward action and horror. This seemed to be more oriented toward a coming-of-age girl story. Perfectly fine for what it is, but not my front choice.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Probably the protagonist. It's mostly a POV piece.


    Could you see Divergent being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No more than "Hunger Games" or "Twilight". And cast some as-yet-unknown-but-talented actors.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5349)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2231)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Loves me some Neil Gaiman"
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    What did you love best about American Gods?

    I read the book a while ago, so this was a revisitation. I've not before listened to a reading of Neil's work other than by Neil himself, so it was a bit of a change. I was not at all disappointed.


    What other book might you compare American Gods to and why?

    I don't really know of anything comparable. I hate the idea of comparing books like that-- it's unfair to both author and reader.

    It's a modern-day fantasy novel where the fantasy parts are only just over the edge of familiarity. It's hard territory to write in, which is part of the Magic of the Gaiman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one favorite. Many favorites. So amazingly visual.


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

    Wanted to, in that the story is compelling and wonderfully escapist, yes. Did not, because things like bathroom breaks and life in general kind of make that unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall, the narrator, does a quite good and understated job in differentiating the characters. Wōden sounded to me like a dead ringer for Sir Anthony Hopkins, so I kept seeing him in the role, which was marvelous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (506)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Christopher Moore quality as usual"
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    What did you love best about Island of the Sequined Love Nun?

    I'm a fan of Christopher Moore ever since the "Gospel According to Biff", though this is the first audiobook version I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are flawed in some interesting ways. A bit cartoony, but if you buy into that, it's solid.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Roberto, the Fruit Bat. Or Vincent. Or both at the same time. :)


    If you could rename Island of the Sequined Love Nun, what would you call it?

    It's a fine name.


    Any additional comments?

    Oliver Wyman's voice is not the same as my internal voice when I'm reading, which threw me off for the first several chapters. That's my own personal jarring, YMMV.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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