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M. Schurmann

markazon

Atlanta, GA

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  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (632)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Disappointed in my First Mary Roach Book"
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    What disappointed you about Bonk?

    This was my first Mary Roach book. I've seen her interviewed and really thought I would enjoy her work. I choose this book because I thought it would be the most provocative of her subjects. Unfortunately, as vast and as strange as human sexuality is, I found her choices of topic to be rather uninteresting.More troubling was the reader. This is supposed to be a humorous book. I would have much rather heard the author read it, as the Sandar Burr has no sense of comic delivery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something fictional.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sandra Burr’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10002)
    Performance
    (6077)
    Story
    (6106)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Very Compelling."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed Seabiscuit tremendously. This book is also very compelling. My only complaint is that Ms. Hillenbrand occasionally is a bit too hyperbolic in her descriptions. At one point she describes Louis' captures forcing 200 other prisoners to line up and punch Louis in the face as hard as they could. If this actually happened, Louis would have died from the beating.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laura Hillenbrand before, how does this one compare?

    Seabiscuit was 5 star.


    Did Edward Herrmann do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrative was very easy to follow. Enjoyed him as a reader.


    Do you think Unbroken needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2454)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1197)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Would be better with another Narrator."
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    What did you like best about God Is Not Great? What did you like least?

    this is a very well written book with very compelling arguments.

    Christopher Hitchens tends to swallow the words at the end of a sentence. It may be simply not being used to is accent. He writes very complex sentences and is making a lot of logical arguments. It would be nice if he paused a bit to allow you to comprehend a premise before jumping into a conclusion.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Hitchens’s performances?

    No


    Do you think God Is Not Great needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, because he dead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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