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Janaki

Rockville, MD, United States

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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4509)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1876)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "what scarred Richard Dawkins so badly??"
    Overall

    I was strongly influenced by Richard Dawkins during my own scientific training, and admire his intellect and insights into evolution and biology. So, although I had been avoiding both this book and Christopher Hitchens book, I finally decided to download this and listen. So far, I haven't been able to finish listening, because it just strikes me as an emotional, personal rant - it seems like the Church (yes, with a capital "C") did some horrible violence to the author, and he feels the need to pay back for the damage done.
    His examples don't really flow in a logical way, which surprised me, again, because, in his previous books, I've always admired his ability to build logically, and tell a good story. Unfortunately, I think his emotions on this topic run too high to be able to put together a compelling argument.

    7 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By David Simon
    • Narrated By Reed Diamond
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

    Larry says: "As real as it gets"
    "Darn!! Abridged..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I missed that this was an abridged version because I purchased it on my smartphone app - feeling very disappointed about that, as it certainly explains why there is a relatively few number of stories included (as I listened I kept thinking "How did they keep the TV series going so long with so little here to work with). The narrator is fantastic, however, and the writing style is great.

    I agree with another reviewer about the musical interludes - silly, and don't add to the listening experience at all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Siobhan McKenna
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Ulysses is many things - novel, allegory, prose poem - but above all it is an enraptured paean to the world of the physical senses.

    Janaki says: "must always look for "Abridged"!!!"
    "must always look for "Abridged"!!!"
    Overall

    I was so confused by this tiny snippet...was hoping for the whole book, and had no idea that this was only a one hour sample. I thought maybe I'd had an error with the download. The unabridged is available in several options - I now have that, and am looking forward to the listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ali Smith
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill, Stina Nielsen, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Barefoot, thirtysomething Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. Amber doesn't know them, but she talks her way in, telling lies, and stays for dinner. Eve, an author, thinks Amber is a student her husband is sleeping with. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age 12, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, 17, thinks she's an angel.

    Isabelle says: "I do not recommend"
    "Add to the positives"
    Overall

    Wow - I was surprised to see how many people hated this audiobook - I thought it was great. My only complaint was the music that connected the sections/characters, which I found very annoying.

    But the story was fascinating, and the changing perspectives given on the same events from different genders and different ages....I enjoyed it immensely, and the readers were great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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