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  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    colleen says: "Interesting and eye opening"
    "Dull"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If there was more of a story. I felt like I was reading facts from a textbook, or, I should write, I felt as though I were reading a textbook where the author was trying to make boring material more interesting. I work at NIH, so maybe I am starting to get science overload.


    Has The Demon in the Freezer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I read,


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    The performance was okay, just kind of droned on.... Mr. Boehmer has read other books, and I have enjoyed those performances, I think this one was a bit of a dud.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the facts were there - data about, and descriptions of different types of communicative diseases. I couldn't stick with the book through the end, though.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just seemed like a contract filler to me, or someone's good idea not properly thought out. Maybe the publisher had the author commit to another book after the first one did so well and there just wasn't enough juice to keep it up to an interesting level. If you're looking for information about contagious illnesses, viruses in particular, how they're handled in the lab and field, how the scientists look for natural sources (vectors) of disease, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for more of a STORY with progression from beginning to middle to end, then forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Jon, Why Didn't You Narrate This One Too?"
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    Would you listen to The Men Who Stare at Goats again? Why?

    No. The narrator was completely mismatched to the story - this is even more evident if you've listened to Jon Ronson's previous audio books, Them, Lost at Sea, etc, where he reads his own story (or stories). This narrator is so not-Jon-Ronson that it almost ruins the story, for me anyway. Sean Mangan is probably a fine narrator of other audio books, but just not this one. From his past books, you get a little taste of the author's personality and manner - this narrator, in my opinion, is totally contrary to that.


    What other book might you compare The Men Who Stare at Goats to and why?

    For content and story, I would compare it to Mr. Ronson's books, some listed above. He has a self-effacing style that is quite funny, but appropriately. He is not flip in a way that would lead you to believe he doesn't know the subject matter, because he researches each subject exhaustively. This shows when the author comments on a person or situation and references to a past experience or research and is done in a way that is interesting, not droning on as to bore you to death.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Mangan’s performances?

    Maybe, if he were reading classical literature.


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

    Yes, if the author was the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I have never had such a negative reaction to a narrator. The way this guy pronounces his words, as another reviewer pointed out, he says, "Mary-land", for example, and has other odd speaking habits you would not expect to hear from an American. He sounds like an American trying to do an impression of what he thinks an Ivy-League Professor would sound like. It's really weird and oddly deflating if you're expecting to hear Mr. Ronson's voice reading the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (572)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "One of the best audiobooks I have heard.....ever"
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    Where does Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an interesting book, period. Non-fiction human interest-type books can sometimes be only moderately interesting when the writer is too heavy on just the facts, but this one is fantastic. The author writes about issues which are unusual or out of the ordinary, and all subjects are portrayed in an articulate way providing Mr. Ronson's observations as not to be overbearing. He is also a bit of a cynic, but not in a smarmy way. Just get the book, you won't be sorry you did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were several, but the most interesting story dealt with North Pole, Alaska and the social situation up there. Many good observations re the town's 24/7 Christmas theme. Most of the occupants seem depressed or angry with a veneer of "happy, happy, happy!!".


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

    He reads the book he's authored. He's not a professional voice actor and his reactions to the things he's reading about are genuine - this shows through in his voice as he reads. Not a polished professional which is perfect for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, thought-provoking and well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beggars in Spain

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nancy Kress
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    Rachelle says: "Pleasantly Surprised"
    "Interesting Topic"
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    Would you listen to Beggars in Spain again? Why?

    Interesting story. Liked the character and plot development for both characters and changes in the behavior of the United States population.The sleepless do seem to have all of the advantages until later in the book, when you realize they have needs and limitations, same as all human beings. I hated the leader of the sleepless Sanctuary, a testament to Ms. Kress' writing because I usually don't care enough about the characters to actively hate them after I put the book down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the main sleepless character softened into a member of the human race.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Campbell has a gift for voice inflection. She does not rely on over-dramatization or drastic changes in pitch or tone (men v. women for instance); minor changes to inflection set mood, character and frame of mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself hating Jennifer Sharifi, the champion for the Sanctuary more than usual for any good book I read.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10097)
    Performance
    (9017)
    Story
    (8995)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "What a Surprise!"
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again and again because it's that good. I know a lot about Celtic myth/legend and am often disappointed because the author messes it up somehow. For instance, they will give grossly incorrect pronunciations for names of Gods/Goddesses, place names, or phrases commonly used in the Gaelic language. In this story, the main character is interesting, but not a pompous ass; the Sidhe are accurately portrayed, and the relationship the main character has to his dog is worth the read alone. The voice performer is right on target each time and the entire feel of the story is not only intriguing, but appropriately entertaining and funny in all the right places. This is a great read (listen) and I would recommend it to anyone regardless of genre preference.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the supernatural characters were portrayed, and the main character's outlook/point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This story makes True Blood seem stale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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