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Clifford

Bedford, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (317)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Not Bryson's Best Stuff"
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    I've heard of these 3 for years and was happy to finally get to them - but unfortunately I was disappointed. If you're unfamiliar with Bryson's work, and want to read 3 good ones, start with "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (his best researched), then read "A Walk In the Woods" (his best travelogue), then "At Home" (his most interesting and insightful). The 3 in the "Collector's Edition" may have served him well in honing his writing style, but I think the modern reader can easily pass them by (unless you just want to read everything he's ever written, which I suppose is why I read them).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (399)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Engaging"
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    John Irving once again delivers a novel with well crafted, off beat, but completely believable characters engaged in what I can only describe as "real life". John Hickey's well nuanced portrayal of those characters does the story justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Voyage of the Beagle (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Charles Darwin was just 22 when he went on his first voyage around the world in 1831. Darwin's father at first refused to allow his young son to go on the voyage. Fortunately, his father relented, and Darwin's journal is now considered by many to be the greatest scientific travel narrative ever written.

    Roger says: "Interesting on several levels"
    "Bearable only if you're really interested..."
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    David Case transforms what is mildly interesting material into something plodding and tedious. He couldn't have sounded more bored if he was professionally trained to do so and it made me long for the days when I could sit and read a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (648)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Ayn Fails to Make Her Case"
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    Ayn apparently sees the world as only black or white, and although she effectively makes the case against communism, she utterly fails to make the case that unencumbered capitalism is a better solution. I found it to be redundant, inflammatory, ironically emotional, rhetorical nonsense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "Not your average fairy tale"
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    I've been a Jasper Fforde fan for years, and although this series isn't (yet) as good as his early Tuesday Next stuff, not much in the world is. I like how he treats children's characters in a different and definitely adult way. The "turn of phrase" Fforde is famous for isn't quite as evident, but he's managed to entwine, twist and turn the plots of quite a few children's stories into an engaging and complex "whodunnitandhow". Kudos to Prebble for not chuckling over the absurdities while he's reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and grapples with the haunting memories of those final months and the larger narrative of her father's life.

    Carolyn says: "Excellent book-beautifully written"
    "Title should be "The Story of My Father's Death""
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    I like Sue Miller's work, and this book is well written, but I had thought this would be a woman's memories of her father - not primarily about a woman's struggle with coming to grips with her father's illness and death. If you're looking for insights into dealing with someone who has Alzheimer's, then it's worth reading. If you're looking for a loving memoir, don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2818)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Better Than Bel Canto"
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    If you're a fan of Ann Patchett, you'll love this book. If you've not read her work before, you'll become a fan. If you've read her work before, and don't like it - then why are you reading reviews about her books?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Sex Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    Can twins have different fathers? From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.

    Michael Stringer says: "Excellent summary for senior students"
    "Much Better Than Expected"
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    I was interested in learning more about the physiology, but found the information on current sociological research to be thought provoking. This is worth reading, even if you think you know everything there is to know about how sex works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1642)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Cynthia says: "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk"
    "Good information, poorly read"
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    WHILE the BOOK is INFORMATIVE, I found THE reader's CHOICE to INAPPROPRIATELY accentuate EVERY other WORD to BE really DISTRACTING and ANNOYING. See what I mean?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Not The Movie - Better"
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    When I downloaded this book the cover art led me to believe it would be a novelized version of the movie and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was a far more detailed (and interesting) account of the story of Lionel Logue and his relationship with the King, both before he rose to the throne and after. Well written and well told - so don't pass it by even if you fell asleep during the movie, as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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