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Stephanie

Casselberry, FL, United States

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  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Maybe a good book...but a horrible audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. It's not a book that is meant for audio.


    What was most disappointing about Amy Stewart’s story?

    The main theme in this book, to me, seems to be quantity over quality. There are endless plants (and fungi) that are described, but the explanations for each one are so short - a lot of them taught me nothing I hadn't already known. I guess if you know exactly nothing about plants you would probably learn more than I did.


    What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    She was given a bad book to read, so maybe it's not her fault. Just didn't like anything about this.


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

    This book was very annoying as an audiobook. I should've looked it up on Amazon first to see how the book was laid out. It might be a good book to keep around (in paper form) for reference, but it is ridiculous to put it to audio. It's like listening to an encyclopedia. Encyclopedia's are good books, but you don't sit and read it cover to cover. You refer to it. Why someone decided this should be an audiobook baffles me. I couldn't even listen to half of it...and any of my friends will tell you I am a bit obsessed with plants, so I (of all people) should've loved this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Hate to turn people away from a book about plants. If you really want to get the most out of this, buy a paper copy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dear John

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life - until he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist.

    A User says: "As always my favorite"
    "best book you ever read? ...you don't read enough"
    Overall

    Yes, its good, I admit. But I felt a pang of guilty indulgence akin to getting lost in a Lifetime movie. I'm used to reading hefty, educational nonfiction books...something to enlighten me on some global issue or philosophy. Listening to this book was a guilty pleasure, but it was a nice change from my usual reading. I won't say if I liked the way it ended (don't want to spoil it), but I'll just say I either really liked the ending or really didn't like it...you'll know which when you come to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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