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Allison

NEW YORK, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (2821)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2555)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Witty and deadpan as ever"
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    David Sedaris, as always, delivers a thoughtful and witty reflection on his own experiences. As a long-time fan, I would definitely recommend this book, though I didn't find it as consistently golden as some of his other works. He's not a young man any more, and some of his opinions (notably on politics) can get tiresome at times.

    For a first-time reader of Sedaris's work, I would more readily recommend "Me Talk Pretty One Day", "Holidays On Ice", or "When You Are Engulfed In Flames".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtue of Selfishness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By C.M. Hernert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

    Scott says: "Rand Lovers Only"
    "Excellent Reader, Troubling Text"
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    I picked up this audiobook in hopes of broadening my world view as I'd never read Rand before. I found her theoretical writing to be thoughtful and enlightening when applied to how individuals should conduct their own lives according to their personal values. I was troubled, however, with the sections dealing with public policy (or lack thereof) and public life. Rand seems to have a fundamental misunderstanding of human nature, of the value of culture, and of the sustainability of widespread systems.

    I will say that the reader, C. M. Hernert, is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Her Little Majesty is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the diminutive monarch who ruled the vast British empire for over 60 years. Award-winning biographer and historian, Carolly Erickson, transports you behind the walls of Buckingham Palace to introduce you to the quirky, loveable Queen Victoria—revealed only to her closest associates. Emotionally deprived, inadequately educated, and socially isolated for much of her life, young Victoria felt ill-prepared to ascend the throne.

    Allison says: "Compelling and Informative"
    "Compelling and Informative"
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    Carrolly Erickson is no Alison Weir, but this was still a solid read.

    I would have appreciated it if the reader, Nelson Runger, made it clearer when he was reading quoted material. Then again, maybe there just weren't as many quotes in this book as I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Jean says: "The fight for the middle class"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    I like Elizabeth Warren as both a person and a politician, but this book wasn't what I was hoping to read. I was hoping for something more enlightening in terms of the theory and practice of financial policy. Instead, this book is more of an autobiography of Warren's own journey as a public figure.

    That said, the story was compelling, and her communication style is both clear and endearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (700)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Not So Different from Watching the Show"
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    Stephen Colbert is a top-notch comedian, and I'm a longtime fan. This book lives up to his caliber. The writing is excellent and the performance employs great comedic timing.

    I will say, however, that this audiobook wasn't really anything special compared to just watching the show. In hindsight, I probably wouldn't have spent my credit on the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicole Hardy
    • Narrated By Nicole Hardy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Nicole Hardy’s eye-opening "Modern Love" column appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardy’s essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast. Now in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Nicole Hardy explores how she came, at the age of 35, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity.

    Ellen says: "Interesting story--GREAT narrator"
    "This Book Spoke to Me"
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    As a sex-positive feminist who was raised in the Mormon tradition and learned as a young adult that it wasn't for me, I found this book to be very moving on a personal level. Nicole Hardy does an excellent job of conveying how frustrating a situation it is to be a woman with a prescribed life pattern set before you, not having your life pan out that way through no fault of your own, and being compelled to blaze new trails to self-actualization.

    I had a hard time putting this book down, so to speak. I even got teary in a few parts.

    Nicole Hardy's writing style and delivery are both articulate and sincere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's Bible: King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (82 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Experience the majestic language of the King James Bible skillfully narrated through the powerful voice of Max McLean. The King James Bible (KJV) was written with oral interpretation in mind. When presented by a gifted narrator, the grandeur of its phrasing and the rich musicality of its rhythms resonate in the ear and mind of the listener.

    Mark says: "Good"
    "Excellent performance!"
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    The Bible is what it is. Long, epic, poetic, grandiose, and very dull at times. I've begun reading it in print version many times, often only making it through Exodus before getting bored. Listening to Max McLean's performance, however, made it much easier to get through. His delivery is dramatic and dignified, like listening to a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I finished it in a matter of months!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14385)
    Performance
    (11797)
    Story
    (12425)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Not an accurate portrayal of healthy BDSM"
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    I should preview my remarks by disclosing that I read this book for research purposes.

    Several things about this story bothered me. Most importantly, it appears that E.L. James either misunderstands or chooses to ignore a few very important aspects of healthy BDSM relationships, namely the need for aftercare and the nature of consent. Participation in a BDSM scene can be extremely physically and psychologically demanding for a submissive, and therefore, it is essential for a Dominant to provide physical and emotional comfort after a scene has ended. This allows the submissive to wind down, rest, and emotionally recover. If the Dominant instead just leaves the submissive after a scene (as Grey does), the entire experience is more likely to psychologically register as traumatic for the submissive. As far as consent goes, I was alarmed that Grey effectively manipulates a sweet naïve girl into doing his bidding by taking advantage of her attraction to him. Anastasia Steele never appears to fully understand and accept (with enthusiasm!) what is about to happen to her before the fact. Without all partners fully understanding and embracing everything going forward, what you have on your hands is abuse, not healthy BDSM.

    Becca Battoe's performance is more-or-less solid. She does well with what she's given to work with. My only complaints are her tendencies to pronounce "Err..." rather than "Uhh..." (not seeming to understand that "er" is how British people, like E.L. James, write the word that is spoken as "uh") and her handling of male voices. When speaking for any of the male characters, she sounds ... well, like a young woman imitating a man. She drops her voice half an octave and ignores the fact that men use less inflection than women, not more. The result is too cheesy to be sexy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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