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Allison

East Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Perelandra

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (353)

    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
    "Great until it turned into a sermon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really enjoying this book and the descriptions of venus but slowly the book got bogged down more and more in sermons until I almost didn't complete it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilary Thayer Hamann
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A moving depiction of the transformative power of first love, Hamanns first novel follows Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through her early adulthood in the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s.

    Allison says: "I tried but couldn't get through it"
    "I tried but couldn't get through it"
    Overall

    I think maybe I'm just in the wrong point in m life to enjoy this book. I tried to like it and listened to the first 14 chapters but I finally decided that any book I had to force myself to listen to wasn't worth it. I'm an adult with children and a job; I just don't have the time for the obsessive self analysis in this book, the teen characters in this book probably wouldn't like me either. I'm giving it two stars for interesting writing and a truthful account of being a young woman in the US but I just couldn't bring myself to listen to all of this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (894)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Funny and informative"
    Overall

    Very entertaining and fascinating! Mary Roach explains everything from bone loss to space bathrooms and everything inbetween. I wasn't even that interested in the subject to begin with but like her previous books I found myself completely enthralled.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mistake

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Leslie Bennetts
    • Narrated By Leslie Bennetts
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Women are constantly being told that it's simply too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don't really "have to" work, it's better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, Leslie Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. It's time, she says, to get the message across: combining work and family really is the best choice for most women.

    Gulia says: "Quality of the audio book"
    "Thank you Leslie Bennetts"
    Overall

    This book made me feel better about my decision to keep working even though by down-sizing my family might have been able to swing it with a single income. This book gives a lot of food for thought, I would highly recommend it to any working Mom. I live in Silicon Valley and this book does speak to my reality; I am surrounded by well-educated well-to-do women that have decided not to work and occasionally I think I'm insane for keeping working; this book reminds me that my choice is not insane.

    I didn't give 5 stars because the book is quite sexist (against men) and it really does speak mainly to those women that are wealthy enough to have a choice as about working not to those women that work to make ends meet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7348)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2836)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Maybe I'm too old"
    Overall

    Maybe I'm just too old but I didn't think too much of this book. It seemed your average romance but aimed at young teens rather than middle aged women; as appropriate to the audience a no sex but lots of eye gazing. Yes there was the vampire aspect thrown in but it really didn't help much.

    It was interesting to revisit that intense longing of first love. It really made me remember why teenage girls are so at risk for abusive relationships; they give themselves entirely to the boy. This book might be useful to teenage boys as a guide on what teenage girls would like the perfect boyfriend to be like but thats about it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night. The relationship between the heroine and Mr. Rochester is only one episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience into high art.

    Allison says: "Great narrator"
    "Great narrator"
    Overall

    I bought this version of Jane Eyre after I noticed complaints about the narrators of other unabridged versions. I was very pleased with this narrator and never bored of the story.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    After the death of his parents, Jim is sent to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska plains. By chance, on the same train is a bright-eyed girl, Antonia, who will become his neighbor and lifelong friend. Her family has emigrated from Bohemia to start a new life of farming, but they soon lose their money and must work hard just to survive. Through it all, Antonia retains her natural pride and free spirit.

    Allison says: "An amazingly vivid novel"
    "An amazingly vivid novel"
    Overall

    This novel has such deep descriptions of the praire before and while it was being settled that I actually can picture every place in the novel in my mind. Parts of the novel still haunt my dreams. There are details and compelling descriptions of being snow-bound in cave-like early house and of being a German immigrant settling on the praire straight from the city. Best of all this novel to me celebrates the fact that to be successful in life doesn't have to mean riches and fame but can also mean living a good quite life without disaster and watching your children grow with in the company of old friends.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Darwin8u says: "Lifted and carried lightly by some one very strong"
    "Good book, bad recording"
    Overall

    Unfortunately the sound quality for this recording is bad, it sounds like you are listening to an old wind-up phonograph. The story itself is good but not quite as engaging as My Antonia by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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