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  • The Hemingway Hoax

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer

    The hoax proposed to John Baird by a two-bit con man in a seedy Key West bar was shady but potentially profitable. With little left to lose, the struggling, middle-aged Hemingway scholar agreed to forge a manuscript and pass it off as Papa's lost masterpiece. But Baird never realized his actions would shatter the history of his own Earth - and others. And now the unsuspecting academic is trapped out of time - propelled through a series of grim parallel worlds and pursued by an interdimensional hitman with a literary license to kill.

    Marisela Monjarrez says: "long to develop"
    "Clever idea; distracted focus"

    I wish this were the author's initial draft, not the final product. The premise is charming, and the level of detail about Hemingway and his writing is tantalizing, but thin. The unexpected multiple-universe plotline is Douglas Adams-esque, and adds to the novella's potential. But it gets weighed down by a hefty slice of unnecessarily detailed sexuality; the kind that makes you think "that's what a 15-year-old boy probably hopes women are like." If the same level of detail went into the intricacies of the plot twists, alternate universes, and Hemingway lore that went into the sex scenes, and the sex scenes had the same level of detail as the plot, universes, and Heminway have, this would rate a 5.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mime Order

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr

    As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden?

    TN Woman says: "I liked it as well as the The Bone Season"
    "Waited eagerly for release - no disappointment!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mime Order to be better than the print version?

    Only have the audio edition. The narration is excellent.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mime Order?

    The final one, which means that I'll be waiting just as impatiently for the third book, and with absolute confidence that it will be excellent.

    Which character – as performed by Alana Kerr – was your favorite?

    The characters are all very distinct in their portrayal. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I did love Jackson's cadence. Alana' Kerr's delivery of his "oh my lovely" was chilling.

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

    I'm sure I laughed a few times, but more likely, I bounced up and down in anticipation of a great reveal, or recoiled in horror at surprise twists. It was a very exciting ride.

    Any additional comments?

    This was worth every penny. I'm looking forward to re-listening both books again, to catch more of the nuances that I missed, while holding on for dear life on the ride through the first listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    George K. says: "A Walk through the Valley of the Shadow"
    "This may be the most important book you'll ever re"
    Would you listen to Being Mortal again? Why?

    I fully expect to read this book again and again. It addresses a fundamental issue in medical care: What does success look like? The answer is not necessarily "to sustain life." Especially in end-of-life situations, as this book makes profoundly clear, the measure of success is not based on medical outcomes, but on the desires and objectives of the patient and family. This is VITAL reading for anyone supporting elderly parents, elderly spouses, or any loved one with a life-threatening illness.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories and case studies used to demonstrate the principles were spot-on, and the story of the author's own experience with his father's decline and death was particularly moving. Examples of "good deaths" were illustrative of what's possible, and examples of less "good" outcomes were cautionary.

    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a great job, and I was charmed to discover when listening to the interview with the author at the end of the audiobook (BONUS! Interview with the author!) that the narrator sounded very much like the author.

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

    I laughed and cried many times throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Berne
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    Over 40 years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne's classic is as astonishing and revealing as it was on the day it was first published. We play games all the time---sexual games, marital games, power games with our bosses, and competitive games with our friends.

    Richard says: "Whant to know what other people are thinking about"
    "Great concept, deeply socially dated"
    What would have made Games People Play better?

    Modernization. Despite the disclaimer that the genders of the roles in the Games are "without prejudice," the content of this book is ridiculously sexist. An unexpected side effect is the compassion I now feel for the era my mother lived through.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Berne again?

    I don't know. I'd check more carefully before I purchased, certainly.

    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The underlying concept of certain types of social encounters being "games" with payoffs, and the distinction of people operating from their Child, Parent, or Adult roles was tremendously useful.

    Any additional comments?

    It was definitely worth the listen, but I'm glad it was short, and I had to grit my teeth and overlook the extreme sexism to get the benefit of the underlying concept.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Cute but 4 minutes too long."

    The first two verses are hysterical, and the introduction and narration by Samuel L. Jackson are priceless. It loses its punch after that, and it was only love for hearing the narration that kept me through to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach

    The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains 10 of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form.

    Richard says: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Problems with this book"

    Great narration; wonderful, compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg

    Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

    Rivkeleh says: "Only misses a 5-star because of audio quality"
    "Only misses a 5-star because of audio quality"

    The book is fabulous, and the author's 15-years-later commentary just adds to the great experience. It feels like you're sitting with an old friend who's giving you life advice and encouraging you personally.

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the audio quality. So let me revise slightly: It feels like your'e sitting with an old friend who is whispering words of personal encouragement into a brown paper bag.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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