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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (980)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Stands the test of time; a classic"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I read and re-read this book as a child until (and after) the cover fell off my paperback copy. I used this audiobook version to introduce it to my own son, who was also captivated by the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Someday I will go to Iceland and look upon the icy volcanic landscape that has existed in my imagination since I was a kid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (379)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Changed my relationship with food"
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    What did you love best about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?

    I live in the same county as the authors and know many of the same farmers. It was enjoyable to read about their interactions at my local farmer's market and about attempts at cultivating many of the same crops I have tried to grow.


    What other book might you compare Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to and why?

    The Omnivore's Dilemma is the obvious comparison because of the subject matter but this book seemed much more personal to me. It is aptly subtitled as a memoir, for that is what it is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Picking the garden on the way out the door to vacation. Been there, done that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and best-selling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals - also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the he chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    Dayle says: "Fascinating"
    "A childhood of science"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Uncle Tungsten to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What other book might you compare Uncle Tungsten to and why?

    The Disappearing Spoon, which tells the story of the formation of Mendeleev's periodic table of the elements.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where he nearly asphyxiated himself by mixing chemicals in his bedroom as a child. Any modern parent would surly take away all the chemicals. Sacks' parents promptly put him up in safer quarters and encouraged his experimentation. Surely he is a genius but this was a genius in parenting and trusting an obviously bright and driven child.


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

    No, I enjoyed breaking it into parts as I drove to work each day.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6061)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2265)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Characters abound"
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    What did you love best about Middlesex?

    It allowed me to experience growing up in many ways that were foreign to my actual experience. I learned about Detroit, Greece/Turkey, and hermaphrodites in a way that was far more memorable than doing actual research, yet it felt as though the writer knew these subjects thoroughly and brought them to light in the novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cal/Calli/Calliope was so many characters in one that it feels dishonest to choose him/her, but it's true that nobody else outshines.


    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    Few voices are up to a story like this with so many characters who are different but share a similar accent. It would have been easy to lump them all into a Greek accent but Tabori does a great job of giving personality to each one as individuals.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's marvelous voice performance was terribly distracted by the insertion of musical interludes and embellishments that were not in the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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