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Maria

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • You Are Not a Gadget: Being Human in an Age of Technology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jaron Lanier
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

    Ahmed says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Interesting content, amazingly well read"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the pace of the reading of this book. The reader seemed interested in the content he was reading and had just the right pace for the absorption of the content.

    The content of the book itself is also very good. You may not agree with everything Jaron says but there are definitely some insights that are worth thinking about and investigating for yourself. He finishes off with a personal account of his research interests which I found both enlightening and heart-warming.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Essays in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

    cheri says: "Poetically Written.....Loved it"
    "Every relationship you've ever analyzed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends but I know that some of them would enjoy it as much as I did. It's for romantics that think too much sometimes. It's for realists that love to fall in love nevertheless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Essays in Love?

    There are many memorable moments...but perhaps what stands out now after a couple weeks is the way intimacy in the couple is revealed and lost. The fight scenes are funny in a "oh yeah, I've been there" kinda way.


    Have you listened to any of James Wilby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was my first James Wilby book and I enjoyed his reading very much.


    Who was the most memorable character of Essays in Love and why?

    I guess it was the main male character because he's so introspective to the point of absurdity but also insightful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27488)
    Performance
    (14094)
    Story
    (14142)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "I laughed, I cried"
    Overall

    This book is amazing. It is the first audiobook I've purchased to make me cry and laugh. I look like a fool walking to work!

    The book is performed, not read. The performers are so good you look forward to the different characters. The story is heart-warming and heart-rending at the same time.

    Get this audiobook, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (315)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Amazing read"
    Overall

    This book was first recommended to me by a good friend. She had read the book, not listened to the audio version. When I looked at the reviews for the audio version I was a bit taken aback by the polarized opinions on the reader. I decided to take a chance after hearing the sample. I am so glad I did. This is by far my most cherished audio book so far. The author does a marvelous job reading her own book. She performs it. She feels it. I have about 20 minutes left in the book and I don't want it to end. I'm leaving it for the perfect moment.

    The story is epic, sad, ordinary, and the same time completely enlightening. Several times I wished I could have done the audio equivalent of underlining a turn of phrase, so perfectly put. This book is a treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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