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Charles E. Patisaul

Atlanta, GA USA | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 121 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Science News, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Science Service
    • Narrated By Mark Moran

    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. Since its debut in 1922, the publication has been known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Science News is committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman will find interesting and easy to digest.

    Science News is available in audio exclusively at Audible.

    A User says: "Right level of detail"
    "Horrible, horrible reader"

    I'm a neuroscientist and regularly listen to Science Friday and other science programs, so I thought this would be a good listen. It could be, but the reader is so abysmal that it ruins the presentation. He mispronounces words to the point of distraction, often speaks too quickly, and has very little enthusiasm in his voice. The result is dull and trite, which is a shame because the information in the articles is often interesting and timely. Regrettably, until a better reader is hired, I?m canceling my subscription.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    P. C..S. says: "A Worhty Read"
    "A GREAT read"

    This is exactly the type of book that benefits from audio format. Having the reader (the author) pronouce all of the foreign words and phrases in the text adds depth and beauty to a wonderful story. I really liked that the protagonist isn't perfect and makes decisions that he really regrets. It's very poignant and a good contrast to the other masculine personalities contained in the story. It's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Jane says: "Nothing short of brilliant"
    "interesting, but not really much of a mystery"

    I really liked the premise of this book but didn't feel like it went anywhere. Although it's billed as a "mystery" that "mystery" becomes pretty obvious after the first few chapters. What I found most bothersome is that once the "mystery" is revealed, there is no revolt or outrage, only a quiet resolve and annoying complacency on the part of the main characters. I found that really hard to stomach, especially for a novel that centers around such young protagonists. In most science fiction stories of this nature there is an event that throws the whole system off-kilter, then causing the main characters to question everything and rebuild society. This doesn't happen here and I just keep thinking: why does no one care? It's an intersting read, but not a great one. Other novels do a better job with character development in the face of conflict, and the issues facing future societies.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "I hate to say it but this book is AWFUL."

    I really wanted to like this book, but honestly I never got into it. I was hoping that it would be a beautifully crafted tale about a powerful and brave woman in the final decades of the Chinese empire, but instead the narrative was a long, uncompelling tale of unending misery and woe. The story might have been interesting but it was so heavily diluted in painfully, and unfortunately very dull, detail and description of court etiquette and decoration that I could literally feel my mind wandering away while listening. Although the reader pronounces the Chinese words well, she also has a horrible habit of swallowing loudly and often and reads at a painfully slow pace. I got to the point where I was begging for this book to end and then when it finally did, was very unsatisfied with the ending. If you want truly interesting and entertaining stories of Asian culture and the feminist struggle within it, try anything by Amy Tan or Memoirs of a Geisha but pass on this one. Unfortunately it doesn?t live up to expectations.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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