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Annette

St George, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Jitters: A Quirky Little Audio Book

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Park
    • Narrated By Adele Park, Susan Paige Lane, Paige Allred, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For radio shock jock Nancy Neptune, life is just one big promotion. But when she's sent to work at a radio station near a polygamist compound in Utah, trouble comes in triplicate. In a land where one good wife deserves another, Nancy Neptune hooks up with a drag queen and a one-armed reporter to rescue a mentally challenged polygamist who is being abused by one of his nine mommies and neglected by the other eight. Jitters is narrated through a series of news reports.

    K. April Holgate says: "Innovative and Awesome!"
    "Hysterically funny!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Jitters the most enjoyable?

    Being from Southern Utah made this "quirky little audio book" particularly funny and entertaining. Visitors to Utah always want to know about polygamy and are usually surprised to learn that not all of the people in Utah practice polygamy. Those of us who live in Utah find the idea of polygamy not only peculiar but interesting that it is somehow tolerated. The author has obviously had a lot of fun depicting an interesting satire on the life and lifestyle of a polygamous community.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nancy Neptune was my favorite character in the book because she was an outsider who found herself in a whole new world and was determined to make it work.


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

    Each of the characters come to life through the narration which you wouldn't experience if you just read the book. Each of the characters has a unique accent or voice quality that sets them apart and makes them memorable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nancy decided to go against the standards of her community it became apparent that the world was not going to end and no one was going to die; she proved that one person can make a difference and be successful.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so intrigued and captivated by this funny little audio book that I didn't want to come in the house from the car; I just wanted to keep driving around the block to hear the end of each chapter. Sometimes, I would even sit in the car in the garage, or drive to a nearby town so I could hear a little more. A trip to the Bank which would normally take 20 minutes would often take me 2 hours!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1685)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Too restrictive"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have already recommended this book to some friends, but with the caveat that it may be too restrictive to follow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Suffering from arthritis in my hands, I was hopeful that following this diet would help relieve the pain. I've been eating vegan for several years and found that I would need to eliminate most of the protein from my diet if I were to follow this diet.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Wheat Belly needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't know how this plan could be changed or enhanced.


    0 of 0 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
    (7067)
    Performance
    (5016)
    Story
    (5005)

    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"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among my favorite audiobooks. I listen while walking and this book makes me get out there every day!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical account of slavery and bigotry which is still alive and flourishing today.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kitchen House and why?

    Livinia was the most memorable character because while she was white, she grew up with the slaves and never formed any bigotry. Her journey is amazing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Darrel Ray
    • Narrated By Darrel Ray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest, or imam said was unexplainable. Before the germ, viral, and parasite theory of disease, physicians had no tools to understand disease and its propagation.

    Donovan Baker says: "A Viral Metaphor with Evidence"
    "Very interesting!"
    Overall
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    Where does The God Virus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very interesting concept about the inception and present proliferation of religion on the world's population. This book has been very interesting and I just wanted to listen every waking minute.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Virus?

    Comparing my own background in religion with the authors. I thought I was agnostic, but after listening to this book, I would have to say that I am more atheist.


    Have you listened to any of Darrel Ray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this author before


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting theory about how God is a virus. So true!! This audio book is worth listening to more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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