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Fara

Longmont, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 320 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hal Herzog
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog's groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative.

    Fara says: "Thorough and beautifully written"
    "Thorough and beautifully written"
    Overall

    What a breath of fresh air this book is! A non-technical book on the relationship between humans and animals that does not have a radical agenda is hard to find these days, and so I got this book with some trepidation. This book covers all aspects of the relations of humans and animals, to try to arrive at the how and why. It offers well-done research, clearly explained, and has been a delight to listen to from beginning to end. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Henry VIII

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dale Hoak
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Henry VIII, who ruled England for almost four decades, provokes questions. What is greatness? How should we judge character? Who or what can be said to "make" or cause history? England's most famous king ruled an island only about the size of Pennsylvania, 500 years ago - yet he remains instantly recognizable to this day. In this series of 24 revealing lectures, an honored teacher offers an intimate portrait of the monarch who, in a recent biographer's words, "changed the heart, mind, and face of Britain more than anything between the coming of the Normans and the coming of the factory"

    Fara says: "Fascinating and enthralling!"
    "Fascinating and enthralling!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a prime example of history being far more far-fetched than fiction could be. I was familiar with all the characters from previous reading, but this has really fleshed them out for me (and made me shake my head over them a lot more than I previously had!).


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

    I didn't listen to it all in one sitting because to be honest, one has to do one's day job sometime. But I did listen eagerly to several hours at a stretch.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done all around, and thank you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence M. Principe
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

    Fara says: "Good, but spotty."
    "Good, but spotty."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 better?

    This book is part history of science and part apologia for misguided religious intrusion into same. The parts regarding the actions of the Catholic Church I found particularly vexing partly for their selectivity (if one is going to try to mitigate the wrongs the Church has done, include all of them--for example, never was any mention made of Hypatia and the saint who oversaw her execution) and partly because they simply do not belong in a course on science. Had I realized in advance that the lecturer was a winner of the Templeton prize, I would not have bought this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Berns
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

    Fara says: "Best dog book in years!"
    "Best dog book in years!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Dogs Love Us to be better than the print version?

    Finally, someone who realizes a dog is not a wolf in dog's clothing! Excellent in every way, and makes me appreciate my dogs all the more. Thank you, Dr. Berns!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Great entertainment!"
    Overall

    I heard about these books after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC. I thought the books would be interesting, but didn't anticipate lying in bed until 2 am still plugged in to my iPod, because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The story abounds with wonderful characters, excellent twists of plot and a well-researched ambiance. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire Matthew Shardlake series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9024)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3328)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Very disappointed."
    Overall

    Up until now I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books pretty much in one go. There have always been interesting puzzles and characters you either quickly like or quickly love to loathe. This book, however, was an enormous disappointment. None of the characters engaged me much and puzzles were thin on the ground. The book reads as if it were meant to be the foundation of a screenplay. I'm sure the content would make a good movie, but as an entertaining read, it simply failed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    After his final trip up the river Thames with his three companions - - Harris, George, and Montmorency the dog - - Jerome K. Jerome sat down to write his proposed book, The Story of the Thames. But before he could tackle the work in the serious manner intended, his humor took over and gave birth to a masterpiece of unquenchable comedy. This is a classic of English humor, justifiably loved around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic for a Reason"
    "An absolute gem of a book!"
    Overall

    When I first saw this book, it came with the advice that one should not read it if one were in a place where sudden fits of uncontrollable laughter were frowned upon. What good advice that was. The story is an absolute stitch and the narrator perfect for it. I most heartily recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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