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Paul

Plymouth, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
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  • The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Melanie Thernstrom
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas.

    Nathan O'Hara says: "Informative, well researched and nicely written"
    "Tedious but informative"
    Overall

    Only made it through because I suffer from chronic pain, but I deeply appreciated the work that went into it. There are a few insights that have helped me. Never connected with the author/narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1005)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Good, but forced"
    Overall

    This book lacks the rebellious innocence and honesty of Kitchen Confidential and seems apologetic and heavily defensive at times. An over-the-top love fest in parts that would have had the old Tony puking on his cowboy boots. Still, Bourdain is a good storyteller and his dry, caustic sense of humor makes it worth a listen, even as he's become part of the pop-food scene he used to rail against.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (559)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Among the best audiobooks ever"
    Overall

    This book is fantastic on so many levels - great stories, humor, self-discovery, love of the outdoors, American history - and Bryson at his best narrating. I have listened to it multiple times. The only problem is that it's too short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (628)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Not Bill's best"
    Overall

    Unless you really like Australia, start with one of his other books. A few great parts, but some lulls.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10377)
    Performance
    (5635)
    Story
    (5668)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Surprising"
    Overall

    Recommended by a friend. Starts slow, but turns into a great story. Stick with it and you'll be happy you did. A book you'll want to talk to people about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lewis and Clark: The Great American Expedition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Readio Theatre
    • Narrated By Joe Loesch
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    With Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the vast Louisiana Territory, the U.S. President was one step closer to realizing his dream of a nation spanning the oceans. The next step was exploration of this new geographical possession. Thus began the unbelievable four-year odyssey chronicled in Lewis and Clark: The Great American Expedition.

    Dean says: "Excellent Coverage"
    "A little slow, but stick with it"
    Overall

    Wasn't prepared for the character voices and music, but wound up enjoying it. Tend to prefer something faster moving, but wound up enjoying this. If I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (524)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    Dated. Narrator drones. Tried three times.If you're circling back to books you should have read in high school, skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1304)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Entertaining from start to finish"
    Overall

    You don't need to be a Stones fan or a pop culture lover to like this book. Richard's insights are fascinating and very well thought out -- you'll think of him completely differently after this candid recounting of his life. Highly recommended; enjoyed all three voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Words

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By Tony Hendra, Patrick Carlin
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    As one of America's preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary 50-year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acer-bic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "Outstanding insight... Well read"
    "Interesting, but not full of laughs"
    Overall

    Takes a while to get used to the narrator, and I was looking for a Carlin monologue. A good story and listen, but know what you're getting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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