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Dorthea Brooks

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Boston, MA | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (259)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "well conceived, well told"
    Overall

    Mesmerizing and deep. Well developed characters, rich story. Sobering and depressing but worth the journey. I couldn't stop listening.

    5 of 5 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
    (4141)
    Performance
    (2974)
    Story
    (2970)

    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!"
    "Best book ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've been a member of Audible for years and am a voracious listener, and this is probably the best book I've ever "read" on the site. Captivating story. Describes a fascinating place as the backdrop of a riveting story line. Developed characters. Excellent plot. Well read. Well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Baron-Cohen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common---lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world. In The Science of Evil, Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty.

    Douglas says: "A fine primer..."
    "New take on a fascinating subject (i.e. evil)"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Novel take on empathy, particularly for those of us who have studied psychology and are familiar with the disorders he's referring to. I had never thought of borderlines as lacking in empathy before -- I work with quite a few of them -- and it's a point of view worth considering. Not so sure that it adequately covers the subject of evil, though -- or perhaps it's just that it takes the punch out. If you want to get back on steady footing, watch Ted Bundy's swan song interview where he blames his crimes on the proliferation of pornography, saying he was just an

    2 of 4 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
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1655)

    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"
    "Fascinating and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My kind of audiobook! I find the subject of psychopathy endlessly interesting and this one is well written and entertainingly illustrated with tales of various psychopaths. Well worth it if you like true life psychological thrillers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2196)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Very interesting and entertaining read."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's extremely well researched and intelligent. The story is entertaining but my main takeaway is that I learned an enormous amount about the lead up to WWII.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (4705)
    Story
    (4690)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Kathleen Grissom and/or Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ?

    Possibly.


    Would you recommend The Kitchen House to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. It's an entertaining story but implausible and lightweight.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the narration to be self-consciously dramatic and overly gushing.


    Did The Kitchen House inspire you to do anything?

    No (?)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Hook Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant"
    "monotonous downer"
    Overall

    Having enjoyed the writer's previous books I was looking forward to listening to this one, but am disappointed. The characters are flat and the story is depressing, dull, and unoriginal. The narration seems forced and serves to highlight the novel's flaws.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (322)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    Rick says: "Frequent Listener"
    "Bad narration"
    Overall

    made this painful to listen to at points, especially the uneven, ostensibly New York accent of one of the main female characters. Light entertainment otherwise, and would have gone down a lot easier with much less narrative dramatization. Audio publishers, please think twice about having male narrators enact the voices of women characters -- this one sounds like he's doing mock drag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Weissmanns of Westport

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Cathleen Schine
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Sisters Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves the middle-aged products of a broken home. Dumped by her husband of nearly 50 years and then exiled from their elegant New York apartment by his mistress, their mother, Betty, is forced to move to a small, run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage owned by her wealthy and generous cousin Lou.

    Anne says: "Unfortunate voice"
    "entertaining middle age chick lit"
    Overall

    This is the audio equivalent of an engaging beach read for -- sigh -- the post 45 set. Good for relaxation, but also somewhat gratingly cliched.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Interesting and entertaining."
    Overall

    This book is much deeper than I remembered from reading it years ago and also seeing the movie. Irving creates 3-dimensional characters and places them in a compelling story to examine the question of whether it's better to be unwanted or unborn. Really well done, including the narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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