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Cranbury, NJ, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 286 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • 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.

    Aisha says: "An excellent edition to any writer's toolbox!"
    "My favorite book"

    Writing Down the Bones is one of the five books I'd take with me to a desert island. The other four would have to be blank notebooks, because this book will keep you writing every time you listen to it. I read the book a few years ago, but I like to listen to the audio when I'm feeling down about my writing. It keeps me going. I appreciated Goldberg's reading. It was nice to hear her "New York Jewish accent ... naging [me] to write" (paraphrased from the introduction). I love the authenticity of Goldberg's writing, but her reading adds a lot. It is not a professional reading, but that's whats so great about it. It is endearing and real. It shows that real people like you and me are writing in cafes all over the America. If you have never read this book be prepared to have your life changed. My only regret was the poor audio quality. I have heard this recording before, but it never sounded so awful. It is still worth it to carry it around in your iPod, but I wish the sound was better. The book and the reading get five stars, but the recording only gets three. Even so, it is worth the download.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "A good read..."

    This is a good book. Although some of the science in the book is hard to swallow, the author makes it believable most of the time.I did have a hard time suspending disbelief some times. I really enjoyed listening to a good space opera with cool aliens and lovable characters. I recommend this book . It isn't perfect, but certainly worth it. I hope the author will write more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "A very good book"

    It was very easy to get lost in this book. Clarke's attention to detail and setting is amazing and entertaining. Her characters are deeply human, and her universe vivid. Although some people complained of its length, I was saddened when it ended. I could have kept on listening for a little longer. This is one of those books that blends with your life by filling it with magic where you thought there was none.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "read the awards"

    It is my goal in life to read (or listen) to avery book that has been awarded a Nebula or Hugo award. They have never let me down, but I was doubtful about the Ender Saga; I mean, how much can you add to the basic premise of a boy in training? A lot! Like many other Nebula and Hugo award winers, the power of this book is in the detailed world in which Card immerses his readers. A rich and detailed book, Enders Game, can, and will transport almost everyone in to a new and gritty world that is a joy to observe though the eyes of a child. The readers do an excellent job at bringing out the overall mood of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the bits with Harlan Ellison, who is a great reader. Another great listen. I give it five stars.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "food for your brain"

    this book is a great introduction to the basics of science. It should be required reading. I enjoyed learning a little more about the world. If you are curious not only about the way things work, but about how we know they work the way they do, this book is for you. Bryson's writing is lucid, clear, and enjoyable. He provides a lot of funny and entertaining anecdotes as well as the facts behind them. This book is good for you, but not in the way broccoli is, rather is like a good green tea full of antioxidants and brain goodness. The book does not answer all of your questions, but it shows you how to ask the right ones. I am glad that I got the unabridged version. I give it five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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