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Michelle

Reesport, OR, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Ghost in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange "problem" is worked out.

    Brien says: "Interesting writing style, complex story"
    "First Audible J. Carroll Book (hope for many more)"
    Overall

    I am happy that Audible has presented an audio version of a Jonathan Carroll book. I have been lobbying for a while and was eager to listen. The reviews to this point are accurate reflections of the fact that it is not a straight forward story, but deals with questions about reality and our existence. The book previous to this "White Apples" also had elements of the slipperiness of existence/consciousness/reality. The ability to shift the 'frame' or change the view of reality is what I have enjoyed in his work. It is also what makes you think about the books months or years later. I hope earlier works will be recorded. I vote for "Bones of the Moon" and "Land of Laughs" to start because I think those may appeal to the voracious listeners who like variety and want something a little different. The reference in one review to Monty Python resonates in this respect.
    I thought the narrator did a good job with most of the voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1214)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Every American Should Read This Book Now"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Drift again? Why?

    Yes. I will listen to parts to remember and clarify details to share and discuss with others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The organization of the information gave a clear picture of our course away from making war the last choice, not the first, to solve problems.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Maddow – was your favorite?

    Not a fictional book, but Rachel did a great job giving insights into the decisions made by the presidents and their advisors..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The nuclear weapons information makes you shudder at the amazing lack of safety and control. It could make you a little crazy if you let it.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachel did a great job reading her work. Good pace and 'entertained' while you visited the dark side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Tim Pratt, and others
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, and others
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Best-selling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known science fiction and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories.

    Timothy says: "Varied collection, but overall enjoyable"
    "Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show"
    Overall

    The Ender stories are well done. The other stories are of wonderful quality. Most of them left me wanting more or thinking about what I thought would happen next. This is the beauty of the short story. The afterwords by the authors are interesting looks into the process of writing from many different viewpoints. The narrators are well paired with the selecions. I like short stories and think this collections is well worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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