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Cynthia Jones

Manchester, CT United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Physics of Star Trek

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    What actually happens when the words, "beam me up, Scottie" are uttered? What "warps" when something travels at warp speed? Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and educator Lawrence M. Krauss provides matter-of-fact scientific explanations of the physics of Star Trek in this highly creative and informative guide for both the devoted Trekkie and the physics novice.

    Christopher says: "Interesting Book. Quite Technical"
    "Review of "The Physics of Star Trek""
    Overall

    The best audio book I've ever listened to. Of course - I am a "Trekie" but I've listened to this 3 times and still am not tired of it. The narrator has a highly entertaining style and the content really is interesting if you have been immersed in any of the Star Trek genre of shows. Highly entertaining, smart and clever.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Weiner
    • Narrated By Eric Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by default-finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and prods him-and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.

    Cynthia Jones says: "Man Seeks God Review"
    "Man Seeks God Review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Man Seeks God the most enjoyable?

    Authors voice and dry humor throughout the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many characters but the author and his quest was my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whirling dervish.


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

    No - I wanted to prolong the pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mustn't Grumble: In Search of England and the English

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Bennett
    • Narrated By Rupert Holliday Evans
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Eighteen years ago, Joe Bennett left England for a holiday. Now he’s come back. But how is the England of his memory different from the England of the motorway? Identikit high streets, New Labour, chicken tikka - things aren’t what they used to be. But the longer Joe travels, the more he wonders whether things were ever what they used to be. Even a century ago, H. V. Morton, the nation’s most celebrated eulogiser, was In Search of England.

    Cynthia Jones says: "Not worth the money"
    "Not worth the money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dull, boring and needlessly vulgar. I was really looking forward to something clever and entertaining - but I very disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fine Just The Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Returning to the territory of "Brokeback Mountain" (in her first volume of Wyoming Stories) and Bad Dirt, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx delivers a stunning and visceral new collection. In Fine Just the Way It Is, she has expanded the limits of the form. Her stories about multiple generations of Americans struggling through life in the West are a ferocious, dazzling panorama of American folly and fate.

    Louis says: "Even the Devil can’t homestead in Wyoming."
    "Review of "Fine Just The Way It Is""
    Overall

    Proulx does not disappoint and the narrator is excellent. Highly enjoyable and engaging stories with great presentation by the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dawdling by The Danube

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Enfield
    • Narrated By Edward Enfield
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Edward Enfield sets off on his latest cycling trip, carrying few preconceptions but plenty of wit. Determining the route he should take from recommendations scrawled on a napkin, he starts by following the 'Romantic Street' along the banks of the Danube from Passau to Vienna, taking in castles, churches and good food along the way. And, as Edward amply reveals in this charming book, there is no place from which to see a country that is nearly as good as the saddle of a bicycle.

    Thomas says: "Droll wit"
    "Review of "Dawdling by the Danube""
    Overall

    Started out promising and quickly became dull and plodding. What a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert I. Sutton
    • Narrated By Robert Sutton
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    In a landmark article published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!" Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.

    David says: "okay, I get it"
    "Review of The No Asshole Rule""
    Overall

    Interesting and entertaining. If you work in an office environment - you'll find types you recognize here and it's refreshing to hear them described in context. I enjoyed this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "Review of "Don't Get Too Comfortable""
    Overall

    This is biased political commentary and I suppose the author has the right to say whatever he wants - but I wanted wit, observation and insight without being beat over the head with his point of view. Very disappointing....I deleted it after about 30 minutes of listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Antarctica on a Plate

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexa Thomson
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Antarctica lends itself to tales of adventure and heartbreak. The landscape is polarized, beautiful and deadly in equal measure. But Alexa doesn't scale mountains or trek to the Pole. Instead, armed with an old cookbook, she attempts to create three-course meals with no electricity or running water and struggles to defrost meat in sub-zero temperatures. Life in a thin nylon tent in the company of scientists, explorers, and eccentrics soon begins to take on extraordinary dimensions.

    Patroo says: "Shallow as hoar frost"
    "Antartica on a Plate"
    Overall

    Very entertaining audio book - vicarious adventure to follow a woman who 'chucks it all' to live in a harsh place for a season. Clever writing and engages the reader. The australian accent of the reader was a bit annoying - but the story was great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (307)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid"
    Overall

    This is an exceedingly dull book. It was so disappointing after the witty and highly entertaining "Walk in the Woods" and other travel books by this author. If you've read "Walk in the Woods" and other Bryson travel books and are seeking additional Bryson style wit and originality - I think you will be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes, a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

    Sonia says: "Enjoyable escape (mostly)"
    "A Year In The World (Frances Mays)"
    Overall

    I was so very disappointed in this book. It's a rambling, non-original and not well presented. It plods along in a manner that defies holding the interest of the reader. I read (heard) one of Frances Mays short stories about overseas travel and it was excellent - but it was a single short story and perhaps she should stick to that genre where there is a clear destination for the narrative (or even a focused snapshot). The content is weak - I do not know how this was published. I agree with a prior reviewer - someone should stop this - I know I will never buy another of her books/stories and I LOVE travel books but this does not qualify as a narrative that leaves the reader with insights of the places traveled, The focus clearly on the writer not the subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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