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Rachel

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston's best selling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.

    Doug says: "WAIT! Maybe this isn't what you think...."
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    By deleting the long introduction where the author tells you for 2 hours what he is going to tell you later in the book or what he has already told you in other books or articles.


    What could Richard Preston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just present the interesting science, don't tell the audience how you gather information and how you will tell us all about it in upcoming chapters. Also multiple chapters on Pi is way too many


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I felt used by buying this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gabor Maté
    • Narrated By Daniel Maté
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Best-selling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and details what is needed to liberate ourselves. Starting with a close view of his drug-addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behavior, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. In a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties.

    Lynn says: "Don't Overlook this Book Read It Now"
    "Interesting, helpful"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts the most enjoyable?

    I read this book to become more compassionate towards drug addicted individuals. If you have a family member, like I do, that is addicted and you see how they use individuals, it can be hard to remember that at the heart of all addiction is pain. I think Dr Mate does a good job of communicating that. And like him, I do believe that we all have our own issues/addictions of sort that cause problems for others. What I don't like about the book is the simplification of the science whereby he is able to assign cause and effect for addiction, for example, he was separated from his loving family in early life, therefore he is addicted to music. I think the book just adds more blame to a mother for having any stress in her life, as the child can say, this is why I am like I am. There are many complex interactions between brain chemicals and situations that I think assigning an exact cause and effect is often impossible. Anyway, dads get off pretty easy here.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1006)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Great work of history"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

    Seeing the war from a different perspective


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    As is always the case with an audiobook, the narrator makes the book come alive. Robertson Dean was magnificent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2830)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Unexpected excellence"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator became Harold Fry on his journey and read the book in such a way that you felt you were joining Harold on his pilgrimage


    Any additional comments?

    Unexpectedly excellent. Gave me tremendous insight.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18523)
    Performance
    (16486)
    Story
    (16446)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Slow to start but entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does an excellent job transforming the reading of the book into acting the parts and making you part of the experience


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4973)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2375)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Great Book, Fantastic Reading"
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    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    The language and story in this book are beautiful. Sunil Malhotra brings the characters to life with beautiful accent and oratorical style. This book is a must!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12981)
    Performance
    (8852)
    Story
    (8901)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Excellent book"
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    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    In Harms Way which is another story of the impact of events from WWII on the life of an officer, and his men after the sinking of the US Indianapolis.


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

    No, it was nice to break it up as some parts are terribly upsetting to hear.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1122)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Interesting approach to difficult life decisions"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book as the concepts of individual rights and the impact of decisions on others can be broadly applied, not just as related to the central theme of this novel.


    If you could take any character from My Sister's Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Brian - most humane, complicated and interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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