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Dolores

LUTZ, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 238 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword and that there is a price to be paid for independence.

    Neil Chisholm says: "An American Jane Austen"
    "Classic story with detracting narration"
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    What did you love best about The Portrait of a Lady?

    "Portrait of a Lady" provides rich detail in both settings and character development. The concept of living behind such a veil of propriety and ritual is foriegn to us in current times, but the nuances of freindship, love and relationships is still interesting and relevant today.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Wood's voice, while deep and appropriate for the male character, fell short of enjoyable for the female parts. Also, his frequent swallowing, throat clearing and lip licking were quite obvious and distracting. Sounds that might not be noticed on the stage or film, are quite annoying in the audio version of a work. I purchased this version of the book because it had the highest ratings, but I would take a sample listen to others before purchasing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (668)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "My first HS Thompson novel"
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    Story

    ...and I think it will be my last. I guess I am just not into gonzo journalism, but I could not wait for this short book to be finished. The narrator did a good job, but the story was just bizarre and unpleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "Loved This Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great tale of one man's journey. Gave a much more personal touch in that the author was also the reader. Very enjoyable from cover to cover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By R. Douglas Fields
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, R. Douglas Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a very important part of this vital organ has been overlooked in most books - until now. The Other Brain is the story of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material ("glia" means glue), glia are sparking a revolution in brain science.

    Lisa says: "Riveting"
    "Fabulous Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Other Brain the most enjoyable?

    This work can help to educate both the medical professional and the lay person. So much has happened in neuroscience since I finished my training in '96; this was a very pleasant way to bring me up to speed on the basics of what I need to know about glial research. And for those who are afflicted with or who care about someone with brain disease, it can serve as a very understandable/intelligible peek behind the curtain of medicine, and as a ray of hope for the future.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4326)
    Performance
    (2532)
    Story
    (2557)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "A Surprisingly Pleasing Listen"
    Overall

    I almost didn't buy this audiobook after reading some of the poor reviews, but I'm glad I did. While different than the narrator of the previous audiobooks in the series, I don't find Mr. Lee any more annoying than I did Mr. Dotrice. They both lend a pleasant British flair to the overall reading of the book; they both do some things that make me roll my eyes. Mr. Lee does use less differentiation between character voices and does enunciate somewhat emphatically; but nothing I can't tolerate easily. This is actually more pleasing to me than a deep voiced male who tries to lend multiple female voices and fails to do this consistently. I've found that I'm enjoying the story so much throughout all of the books that the narrator becomes less important than I would have imagined. This series is one of the best I've ever listened to or read. I can't WAIT for the next in the series! Don't dawdle, Audible!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31405)
    Performance
    (24592)
    Story
    (24678)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "An amazing listen"
    Overall

    A fabulous epic that is brought to life by the reader. He does an excellent job with the many characters in this series. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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