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I'm a non-fiction sort of guy, but not 100%.

Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 6 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 224 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vanessa Woods
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 2005, Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancee entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7 percent of our DNA.

    Elizabeth says: "Interesting & Informative"
    "If humans were only more like bonobos..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is about the author and her husband's work in the Congo studying bonobos, but it includes the concurrent story of their dynamic interpersonal relationship and the tumultuous political and tribal conflicts in the country. The author presents detailed information comparing the very contrasting behaviors and personalities of chimpanzees and bonobos.

    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Justine Eyre does an excellent job reading this book. Her normal Aussie accent fits the portrayal nicely, and she does an excellent job with American, French, and Congolese accents as well.

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

    This was a book I wanted to savor and enjoy over time.

    Any additional comments?

    Once you learn about these closest relatives of ours, you may start seeking to turn on your own inner bonobo genetic inheritance and will likely want to financially support the protection and conservation of bonobos through Vanessa Woods' website

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Conner
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wrapped in the Flag chronicles the radical right-wing world of the 1960s, when conspiracy ruled and the John Birch Society made national headlines. The daughter of a John Birch Society leader, Claire Connor introduces us to the extreme ideas of a powerful political fringe group dispensing radical solutions to America's problems. Following in the footsteps of its hero, Senator Joseph McCarthy, the John Birch Society believed that an international Communist conspiracy was on the verge of taking over the government of the United States.

    James says: "Where the Tea Party got their crazy ideas"
    "Where the Tea Party got their crazy ideas"

    Clare Conner's book recounts her childhood and early adult experiences of growing up in an extremely conservative, Catholic family who helped establish the John Birch Society. Her book was published only after the extreme far-right world view of the JBS -- with it's fear, anger, and hatred -- were resurrected by the "newly formed" Tea Party, following the 2008 financial meltdown and election of Obama. I was astounded to learn that VIRTUALLY ALL of the views and "solutions" now being proposed by the Republican leadership in the U.S., particularly the extreme love of America combined with the extreme hatred of government, were crafted by Robert Welch and the JBS back in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "I read it before seeing the movie..."

    I cannot imagine a better reading of this magnificent story. I'm one of the few folks my age (56) who's never seen the film. I was totally amazed at the breath of Margret Mitchell's grasp of both pre- and post-Civil War history and the psychology and interpersonal dynamics of the characters in the telling of this epic. There were quite a few times I found myself crying out loud, "Oh, no... Scarlet what are you doing? or What have you done?"

    Linda Stephens does an excellent reading, even briefly singing quite well. Stephens' timing and use of accents is truly amazing. Don't plan to listen to this all in one sitting... unless you've got a week to spare and someone to bring you food and water and have a big box of tissue close at hand!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Moly

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ben Rehder
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    After taking on both sides of the American firearm debate in Gun Shy, best-selling author Ben Rehder now satirizes the fight between evolutionists and creationists - to hilarious ends. Game Warden John Marlin investigates the murder of a backhoe operator who uncovered a fossil at the construction site of a new megachurch. Fearing unpopular publicity, televangelist Peter Boothe begins covering the whole thing up - and that's just the beginning.

    karin burfict says: "Great listen!"
    "A Fun and Entertaining Listen"

    OK, I admit I don't read much fiction, but the lure of listening to the conflict between evolution and religion enticed me to get this book. It's a murder mystery -- an enticing who-done-it. I thought the narrator of the novel did an excellent job with the various voices which kept me engaged in the tale. Finding what is possibly a rare dinosaur skull on the grounds of a newly build Texas mega-church didn't lead to an evolution-religion debate, but simply to a minor coverup, to avoid broaching the topic in the story. I thought Holy Moly was very well written, with a number of subplots that play out in interesting and often unexpected ways.

    If you'd like a murder mystery, with a very exciting, perspective-shifting and surprising ending, then I throughly recommend this work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Weiner
    • Narrated By Eric Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness". This uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.

    Ben says: "Brew your coffee, get some cookies"
    "Wonderful, Funny, Intelligent, Informative"

    One grump's search for happiness leads Eric Weiner, the author and narrator, to various countries where people are happy, or where one might at least expect people to be happy, and, for contrast, to some places where people seem to strive to be pissy and glum. The author is very knowledgeable about and shares some of the scientific research on happiness, and he learns during his travels about philosophical perspectives on happiness. Still, he does not let authoritative views get in the way of his conveying different cultural viewpoints and how others around the globe feel about the world and their place in it. Many of the people he interviews are transplants to these societies, but he mostly strives to understand why the native milieu is the way is.

    Listening to this book may be preferable to reading it, since it allows Weiner's sometimes subtle, but often times blunt, wit to shine through. I found the book entertaining, informative and it broadened my understanding of different cultures. It will make you a just little more hopeful and maybe a little less miserable than you are right now.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time--And Have Her Beg for More!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naura Hayden
    • Narrated By Naura Hayden

    The genesis of this work is interviews Naura Hayden conducted with close to 500 women through which she learned that most had faked an orgasm during sex at some point in their lives, and that 60% of them faked orgasm every time they had sex. Hayden realized what these women, and their men - needed was not another fancy sex manual full of complicated positions, but a simple, straightforward work with real advice.

    James says: "Skip this book"
    "Skip this book"

    Let me save you time reading this book by giving you the gist: When making love, go slowly, tease by gently touching, insert the penis using prolonged, slow, one-half inch increments, and don't "bang." The author assumes this will lead every woman (and her partner) to achieve fulfilling orgasms and women will no longer have to "fake it."

    Lacking is any discussion of how to increase one's own body awareness, achieve better communication with one's partner, vary sexual positions, use oral sexual stimulation, or other more conventional methods used to improve sexual relationships and orgasm. Neither is the larger context of healthy interpersonal relating or creating a larger erotic context, specific to oneself and one's partner, discussed.

    The middle of the book is an infomercial for the author's health shake and vitamin regime which, like the author's approach to sexual intercourse, appears based on her personal experience, pop psychology, and religious beliefs rather than well-grounded, scientific research. She omits mentioning the benefits of obtaining nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    On the positive side, the author does state that all sexual, mental fantasies are acceptible, though she does not discuss the danger of acting out fantasies rooted in degredation or violence; and she states that physical masturbation is normal and acceptible, if one does not have a partner.

    I do not recommend this book.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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