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Nashville, TN USA | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 67 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • 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
  • 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

    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.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Triumph Over Hardship & Degradation Beyond Belief"
    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it is a true story…I loved how this skinny, delinquent kid found a path to success, dedicated himself to it, and became an unlikely star. Likewise, he approached being a POW with determination not only to survive but to prove himself stronger than his captors' torture.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the knowledge I gained about families preparing to send their sons to war and what these young men experienced in training and combat. I enjoyed the gripping suspense of the three men trying to survive their plane crash in the Pacific ocean, stories of the POWs' outwitting their Japanese captors, and the excitement of the American bombers dropping rations and news of the war's end, but my favorite part was hearing how Louie's life, which spiraled out of control for a while after his rescue, reached a turning point that ultimately decided the course of his life.

    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    There are so many memorable characters in Louie Zamperini's story: his family, fellow soldiers, Japanese captors, and those who influenced his life after his rescue. I was very touched by the single Japanese guard who was kind to Louie while he was imprisoned on Kwajalein, known as Execution Island.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Heroes of The Greatest Generation

    Any additional comments?

    The POWs' imprisonment and suffering were so long and hard that I found myself begging for an end to the war as I listened to the continual degradation and abuse by Japanese soldiers. Hold on for the incredible conclusion.

    0 of 0 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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