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Isabel Archer

New York, New York United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (225)

    Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

    Roy says: "Neurophysiological Explanation"
    "Good Book/ Disappointing Reader"
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    This is an excellent and useful book, but it is hard going because of a reading that sounds like the guy who narrates "The Way Things Work" on cable TV. It has a quality of canned narration with misplaced emphasis that is sadly distracting in this delicate account of the relationship between the way one's brain works and the practice of contemporary Buddhism.

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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1183)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Exciting, absorbing historical fiction"
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    If you could sum up Bring Up the Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    exciting historical fiction


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

    I like this narrator very much. He is effective, but understated. He does not get in the way of the book. He is an excellent reader, and his is far better than the performance of the reader of Wolf Hall.


    Any additional comments?

    You ought to read or listen to Wolf Hall first.

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1508)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Rich satisfying Historical fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, because its is real history fashioned into a compelling revisionist history of Cromwell. I could not stop listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Slater’s performance?

    The narrator was a bit over the top, and made Cromwell and Moore both sound like cynical and melodramatic villains. It was distracting, and he spoiled the subtlety of the characterizations in the book, and made them sound far less natural and complex than they in fact are.


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