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Rebecca

Hooked on Books

Woodland Hills, CA

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  • 4 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (397)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "not his best"
    Overall

    I loved Gawande's previous works, and avidly read every new piece in the New Yorker. This was underwhelming, and a bit boring at times. I agree with other reviewers who say it is padded and has a simple yet eloquent thesis. He even makes the episode about the Citbank Tower, which was riveting in the original New Yorker article (by another author) come off dull...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10339)
    Performance
    (5247)
    Story
    (5281)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "don't miss"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is an amazing value for 1 credit! This book was my constant companion this fall, and was riveting and thought provoking to the last "page". I really admire the narrator, he did a great job with the different characters

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    Rebecca says: "Love This Series!"
    "Love This Series!"
    Overall

    I love the Serraillier series; i have read all of them (even the new one that is only published in the UK) the plot lines are picked up, characters are not forgotten, and the richness of the stories, the length of time and depth spent with them is wonderful! Do Not Miss! Read them all! The narrator is great too!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (279)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    "Definitely worth it"
    Overall

    The narrator of this series is pitch perfect; I prefer to listen to the series rather than read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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