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M. Blair

TX | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 332 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"

    Portia takes you into her world as an anorexic. She is more honest than most people are with themselves, let alone millions of strangers. I'm not sure if this book would help others with eating disorders, but it helps those who don't have one understand what it's like. I did feel that by the end it was all wrapped up in too tidy a bow, with little explanation of the struggle to come back from the illness, but the journey she takes you on is so incredible I didn't want to give it less than 5 stars. I watched Portia every week on Ally McBeal, but I never realized how articulate and funny she really is.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tear You Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I don't know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don't. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life - a good life with everything a woman could want - and suddenly, there is something more I didn't know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled. So this is where I am, on a train that's out of control, and I am not just a passenger.

    Kd says: "STUPENDOUS!"
    "Amazingly accurate look inside an affair"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing was moving, but I like how it wasn't all tied up with a bow at the end. It's more realistic than that. Relationships are messy.

    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book at least 3 times now, and I don't tire of it! The narrator is amazing and the story is very well written and thought out. I felt like someone was telling their life story in this book. The characters are easy to relate to and feel compassion for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Oh, bother..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story isn't exactly what you would call "chock full" of interesting information about Tesla and his inventions, it's more about his interactions with blustery blowhards like J.P. Morgan.

    I know more about his emotional affair with Katherine Johnson than I do his patents.

    I love history, but this is a dry read (er, listen) and it's like taking a masters level course. Friends ask me why I don't just stop, but I have so much invested in it already, and it's a bit of a Sisyphean task at this point.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this. I need something lighter.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Prebble?

    Simon Pegg?

    What character would you cut from Wizard?

    Katherine Johnson.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"

    I am someone who actually seeks out raunchy humor. I enjoy erotic novels even. But this was painful to listen to! It's NOT funny. Chelsea Handler basically sets out to act like a man-whore and succeeds. Spoiler alert! She sleeps with a lot of random men. Then she complains about their skills and their endowments. But her jokes have all been done before by other comics. If it had been written better, it might have been worth reading. All in all, it came off as a tired, overdone, boring read. It takes a really rare talent to make sex boring. Don't waste your money!

    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer's, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs--tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts.

    Julia says: "Not worth it!"

    I loved this book. It's VERY different from Julie & Julia, a much darker and real book. Julie shares the realities of a very difficult time in her marriage and not many people would be so honest and open about their own shortcomings. I hope Julie Powell will continue to write. She has a real gift for laughing at herself, even in the worst of times.

    1 of 1 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

    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"
    "My favorite King to date!"

    I have read probably half of Stephen King's novels and this is my favorite to date. He makes the reader think differently about the world and the people around them. The narrator was one of the best I've heard, very engaging, he made it feel like you were listening to a movie rather than an audiobook. A must read for King fans!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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