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Tez L

Tez L

Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (796)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Simply a great book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flowers for Algernon to be better than the print version?

    The magic of this story is in the development, the progression, of Algernon; his growth from fumbling retard (perhaps a politically incorrect word, but precise to the time of the book) to an eloquent adult and beyond. It's incredible to hear this development, as read by Woodman, and I can't imagine it being as incredible of a journey had I had to read it myself, trying to manage the right pronunciation...


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how this book develops, as simple as that. You see the world as Algernon sees it in every step and it's incredible to see the same world from so many different perspectives.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (542)
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    (542)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Good, intellectual, metaphysical sci-fi"
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    If you could sum up Flashforward in three words, what would they be?

    An interesting idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashforward?

    The most memorable moments are the ones I have had after reading the book, thinking back on the ideas, contemplating it, digesting it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Healthy with Hypnosis Bundle: Enjoy More Wellbeing and Vigor, with Hypnosis

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hypnosis Live
    • Narrated By Hypnosis Live
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The Healthy with Hypnosis Bundle - Enjoy More Wellbeing and Vigor, with Hypnosis. The human body is a machine. Like any other machine, it needs fuel and regular maintenance. Feed it with the wrong fuel and it won't run; and unless you maintain it properly, it'll eventually break down. It's important to make sure you take care of both of these crucial areas. And you can learn to do exactly that in just a few hours - with help from hypnosis. Get Back Your Vim, Vigor & Vitality.

    Tez L says: "Very good"
    "Very good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love guided meditations and hypnosis recordings, so I have tried several. I wasn't sure about Hypnosis Live because there's no name behind who is writing the sessions (as opposed to sessions by Darren Marks or Craig Beck). I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a very good bundle---the ideas and philosophies of Hypnosis Live are very good, and I find their techniques to be very powerful. In the first part of this bundle, the 'Perfect Body' hypnosis, something was said that has changed my life: 'what is the difference between what you do easily, and what is hard for you to do?' They explain it in this bundle, and it's brilliant. I recommend the whole thing just for that, but the entire session is very helpful. I have only done the 'Perfect Body' so far because I love it so much, each time I sit down to turn it on, I want to do that one. I'll get to the others, and I am currently looking for others by the same people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1642)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Very, very interesting."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Psychopath Test the most enjoyable?

    Very well written, from beginning to end. I like the progression of anecdotes both from history and Jon Ronson's life. I like Jon Ronson. I loved his reading of the book.


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

    This book has shaken my whole philosophy of life to the core. Becoming acquainted with Psychopaths and some of their history was enlightening in that it showed me an aspect of people that I had never considered. I believe in the goodness in all people, but what about those who are wired differently? And what is the reason for this? I'm a spiritual person, and I cannot yet come to terms with what this disconnect is in a psychopath's soul, and what that means.


    Any additional comments?

    Quick read and extremely interesting, a subject I had never before considered but that, once read, makes so much sense. It's also quite a 'new' subject, if I'm not mistaken. I haven't been able to find a follow up book that sounds good to me, yet, but I'm sure one will come. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Great story"
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    What did you love best about Anne of Green Gables?

    I loved the family members, and how Anne touched them and brought love into their lives.


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

    Just a strong feeling of missing Anne when it was all over. I wish there could be a continuation, following Anne into her college years and married life! I aspire to be as honest, loving and frank as Anne of Green Gables, she's a pure, innocent soul and I loved being exposed to her, even if it is fiction! :-)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (484)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Not interesting at all"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a summary of all the pranks this man did on people to make them follow him. He was using elaborate tricks to con people all the way through. I heard more about the cons and how they were successful. What I was hoping to hear about what made people follow this man, but it isn't so interesting once I realize he used blatant trickery, intimidation and violence. That's why people followed him. I would have prefered to hear why people followed him while knowing the truth about everything, but this focuses on the people who were duped 100%. Disappointing and I didn't learn a thing. I only finished the first half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1015)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Very well researched, fantastically presented"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've purchased it for at least six different people. I read this book at the perfect time this year: this book prepared me for so much that came after I finished listening. Haidt's theories seem so well researched, and he has presented them with such care, in such a beautiful order. I love his breakdown of Love and think anyone in any sort of relationship or with aspirations to be in one should read it. And the way he's broken down meditation has given me a reference that has helped me through the much deeper study that I have gone on to after this book. Thank you, Jonathon Haidt.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The elephant and the rider. Brilliant. So true. And the chapter on love. Those stand out most, but I feel like I was bookmarking something in every chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (601)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Sometimes interesting"
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    Did The Talented Mr. Ripley inspire you to do anything?

    Actually, it didn't. I like books that give me "hmmmmm" moments, and I didn't get many from this book. Mostly I just found it sad. I did listen to the whole thing, though, which I only do if I am enjoying the book again, but I was happy it ended. I had thought I would like it better. Loved the movie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (890)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "LOVED it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue to do. I loved this book. Magical and fastastical, I was completely transported and want more, more, more! I finished this book months ago and still think fondly back to the days when I had this magical story in my life!


    What other book might you compare Howl's Moving Castle to and why?

    None that I had read, but I would love to find one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1969)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Well-written fun, enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about The Android's Dream?

    Fast-paced, food for thought, fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's hard to say without giving away story points, but I like how Scalzi puts so much into his books that seem like just ordinary fun story-lines, but they are so much more than that: he presents very real issues, very worrisome trends in human culture and politics. I always find myself thinking about things more than I expect to after I finish a Scalzi novel.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wil Wheaton is great, I like all his characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1047)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "So fun, so funny"
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    If you could sum up The Once and Future King in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, funny, pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable, wholesome, familiar tale that is so much funnier than I ever had expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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