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Nashville, TN USA | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
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  • 55 titles in library
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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    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"
    "A Darker D. S. But a Terrific Listen"
    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is classic Sedaris so it has the laugh out loud moments, but the material is a darker introspection on David's myriad neuroses than we are accustomed to hearing.

    A friend who is a huge D. S. fan is reading the book. She said the darkness is not as enjoyable for her as some of his earlier material. I can see how this would be the case with reading it in print, but I'm not experiencing this decline in enjoyment because Sedaris's incomparable vocal style and wit lighten the tone. Glad I chose the audio book!

    What did you like best about this story?

    David Sedaris has a gift for revealing his peculiarities and perceived weaknesses in such an honest, touching way that I can't help but recognize myself and laugh.

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

    Yes. As always, I love to hear Sedaris read his own work.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was my exercise diversion, and it always made me want to go one more lap or two around the neighborhood.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Worth a Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated how this NDE opened a neurosurgeon's mind to the afterlife. I was particularly interested in how his brain was completely non-functioning during his coma, therefore could not be creating this experience as is often alleged by the medical community.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The author was adopted as an infant. I enjoyed hearing his challenges and eventual success in locating his birth family. I was moved by the role a family member played in his NDE.

    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    HIs sincerity and spiritual conversion were affecting.

    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A No-Brainer

    Any additional comments?

    The author's voice and delivery are a little clinical. However, his authenticity and my interest in the subject rendered it irrelevant for an enjoyable listening experience. The descriptions of his experience in heaven, while fascinating, were not as much a focal point of the story as his medical circumstances proving his experience was not created by his mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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