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haesel

Maryville, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • At the Mountains of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Howard Phillip Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    FNH Audio presents a complete and unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's famous story "At the Mountains of Madness". The story is related by one of the two survivors from a polar expedition. Unlike other polar explorers who may have died from cold, starvation or simply getting lost, in this story things are somewhat different.The survivor is desperate to prevent a new polar expedition because there are "beings" there, strange murderous beings.

    Todd says: "Starts strong but goes downhill"
    "Wow! What a creepy story...."
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    This is the first work by Lovecraft I have ever read. I enjoy Ambrose Bierce and M.R James and I was looking for something in the genre. This was a bit more science fiction but I really enjoyed it. It got off to a slow start, but picked up and has great atmosphere. Great cold, windy night read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (166)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Wonderful insight into animal behavior."
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    I got this book on a whim -- so glad that I did! There are a few parts that are a bit dry -- behavior theory and so forth -- but for the most part it is interestingly presented. The real insight here comes from Ms. Grandin's work with animals and knowledge of why they do what they do. I would recommend it to anyone who owns dogs, horses, cats or other livestock. I would love if she would write a book of training tips for horses and dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (410)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Seen 'Night of the Hunter'?"
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    OK, I know no one watches old movies anymore -- but if you have seen Robert Mitchum in 'Night of the Hunter' you pretty much have the jist of this book. I kept thinking of the film the whole time I was reading and there is something so like about them -- ex-con has everyone fooled into thinking he is a good guy but meanwhile stalking two orphan kids looking for money hidden by the childrens dead parent. The adult characters are interesting, but the children are just wooden puppets and not fleshed out. I kept waiting for a back story on some of the supporting characters but, alas, one never emerged. There is a mysterious location in the woods, but it is not explored -- it's just well -- a metaphor. Blah. I enjoyed 'Cold Mountain' more. This book kills of one of it's best characters too soon and the story goes flat at the end -- very unsatisfying. Also, I can't understand the romance between the two central adults -- the attraction seems like nothing more than two people thrown to-gether -- why does it stick? Who knows? Are we supposed to fill in the blanks?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9748)
    Performance
    (7242)
    Story
    (7280)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Where was this woman's editor?"
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    This book has some things going for it: intriguing mystery, interestingly sketched characters, references to medieval and renaissance literature, etc... however, it is bogged down by a sappy and absurd romance between the two central characters. This treatment serves to flatten them out into 'cardboard cutouts' and make them very silly. I found myself rolling my eyes at yet another 'but I love him' or goofy description of what the main character was wearing. The character treatments are riddled with cliches: wealthy, suave French vampire (a la Anne Rice), scrappy on the outside mushy on the inside central character Dianna Bishop who needs a good man to help her to find her secret powers. I found myself thinking of her like I remember Nancy Drew from my grade school years -- she can ride a horse, write a dissertation, run a six minute mile, seduce a vampire with her magic who-who, and god knows what else? world peace? Give me a break! There are so many repeated lines about the vampire man's protective shielding of his woman, Dianna's uber, super magic, their undying love, their pet names for each other -- gag. This book should have been edited to half it's length and all the cliche sappy goo removed. Ms. Harkness does not trust her reader to get to know the characters through what they do, she hits us over the head with bombastic 'twoo-wov'. I just finished Suzanna Clarkes masterwork 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norris' which makes this novel look like a grocery store paperback... sigh. Maybe she will correct this stuff on her 2nd novel?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kantor
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.

    Anna says: "Tremendous disappointment"
    "Reactionary"
    Overall

    This author has a big chip on her shoulder about the left-wing university culture. I had hoped for more literature and less whining about liberals. Also, the female author spends lots of time complaining about feminism and how women would be happier and better off in 'traditional' womens roles. This may be true of some women some of the time -- but is quite a large leap to make considering that in a traditional western society she would not be publishing books but having kids and washing dishes. I thought is would be a joyous exploration of literature without all the pontificating and agendas, it's not.
    If you want to listen to a smug and 'look down your nose' narration of what is wrong with how many people think about English lit nowadays this is your book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "All fluff no meat"
    Overall

    I kept waiting for the 'meat' in this book -- it is not in depth enough and written more as a coffee table book -- also the author should hire a better reader for her material.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (562)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "Author should not read his own work"
    Overall

    The information in this book is interesting -- bu the author should not read his own work -- he is terrible. Reads in a dull monotone and does not impart any life to the material...

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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