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Pamela

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  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3377)
    Story
    (3377)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "The Emperor Seems To Have No Clothes On"
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    What disappointed you about Joyland?

    I love Stephen King. I listened to his interview on NPR about having written this novel and was excited. However, I am feeling very disappointed. This audio book is dragging along. There has been little plot development of any interest. The narrator speaks in a monotone for the most part and sounds 18 and very immature. The absence of range in his voice makes it very hard to focus on the monolog. I am two thirds of the way through and wish I had not bought it. I'm not afraid to say what no one else seems to be. Are there people left in this country who have the skill to critique?


    Has Joyland turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will continue to look forward to Mr. King's books. He is, as we all know, incredibly talented.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As I wrote above, the narration is lacking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Had I been told ahead of time that this book lacks all of the suspense of his other books, I would have been more open-minded and my expectations would not have been high. The cover screams suspense and horror.


    Any additional comments?

    At least he did not narrate this himself. He is a wonderful writer. His skill is not in narrating.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (241)

    An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

    Jonathan says: "shattered my illusions"
    "Written For Those Of Us At Middle School Level"
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    Would you try another book from Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss and/or Renee Raudman?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It seems to have been written for those of us with an I.Q. under 85. There are endless superficial, shallow examples given. Evidently, the authors are ageist at best. The number of subjects over age 30 whose experiences were told totaled approximately 3. This must be due to how clever and interesting American women under age 28 are.


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

    Irritation that I had invested my time in listening. There are several excellent books on areas related to this topic.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to avoid books written for idiots in the future.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1912)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Shallow And Boring"
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    What disappointed you about The Sociopath Next Door?

    I anticipated a demonstration of great depth. What she delivered was a seemingly endless string of superficial examples. It was as if she had not received training in this area. There are many excellent books on this subject.


    What could Martha Stout have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above entry.


    What didn’t you like about Shelly Frasier’s performance?

    I found her voice irritating.


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

    I felt anxious due to waiting for delving into the subject. Then I felt disappointed and thought she was inept.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a waste of my time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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