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Bookworm

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  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (823)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "Sorry, it did not make me laugh even once..."
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    What disappointed you about Not a Match?

    Overall, I find the stories quite typical and trite. I did not even chuckle or smile once listening to this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. After that, perhaps another Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, or Jon Krakauer book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

    I have no complaint about the narrator; it's the materials that I find rather boring. I rarely not finish a book and this one, even for less than three hours, I feel like stopping half way through.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, definitely. I was looking for some lighthearted humor while driving but found none.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5926)
    Performance
    (5631)
    Story
    (5641)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Gravity but with more substance!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    While the book is filled with scientific/technical facts (I assume they are facts since I have no clue), it's not boring at all. For someone with just limited high school science classes, I am able to follow along his problem-solving logic. The sense of humor also helps a lot too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    He proclaim himself the best engineer on the planet!


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration skill is spectacular. The changes in tones, voices, and accents are masterful and not a bit insulting (although it does reflect some stereotypes).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lonely Planet - Idiot's Guide to Mars Traveling?


    Any additional comments?

    Love it, love it, love it!! I don't want it to end (have 2 more hours of listening left), but I want Mark Watley to get home..

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (6681)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2507)

    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"
    "LOVE IT!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Short History of Nearly Everything to be better than the print version?

    I love the narrator's voice. Such clarity. I am looking for more books narrated by him.


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

    Only Bill Bryson can write about something so technical and dry and make it so interesting. It's fascinating materials and I just can't even imagine what kind of research he has to do to make sense out of all these topics? How did scientists figure out how old is the earth, how heavy is the earth, how large is the universe, how small is a particle...Having listened to that actually makes me what to go back to study these topics more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14788)
    Performance
    (9172)
    Story
    (9045)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Feels just like a romance novel"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't really feel there is much of a story to this except it really just feels like a romance novel with a sadistic twist. Story-wise, it's a bit weak for me and I really don't like the female lead. Hard to like someone who can just forget about her husband (presumably she was still in love at the time) after just a month.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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