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psnorb

Loving Father

Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Controlling the Chaos"
    Overall

    Wonderfully talented writer who captures the essence of the medical experience. I felt like I was an intern again, once again putting in my first central line. I had flashbacks of various complications that I had seen in my training. Both those complications that taught me to be a better physician, and those that were tragic leaving emotional scars.

    The first part of the book where he goes into detail about how malpractice affects physicians and is ineffectual in improving health care should be mandatory reading for all physicians. We will all be sued. It is not a mater of if, but when. Even the most trivial lawsuit has a significant emotional effect on the physician. Somehow the tremendous personal effect of a lawsuit upon a physician is lost among the general population.

    Another wonderful part of the book is the extended follow up that he has with some of the surgical patients.

    My only regret was that this was an abridged version. Still I give it 5 stars.

    I anxiously await the authors next book "Better" that comes out this spring. For more from this author you should read the commencement speech he gave at Harvard Medical School's graduation 2005.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Sail a Darkling Sea: Black Tide Rising, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

    Sara Marie Dalke says: "Wonderful Post-ZA Story"
    "Too Much Filler, less story than book one."
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    What did you like best about To Sail a Darkling Sea? What did you like least?

    I liked best continuation of the story from the first book. What I liked least was the Filler. What seemed like endless pages on protocols, and procedures that added nothing to the story.

    The idea of any adult giving Vodka to a <15 year old girl when her still living parents are not around was disturbing.


    What could John Ringo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it a shorter book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The realistic portrayal of marine maintenance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    Pat says: "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    "Koontz with a safety belt"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The City to be better than the print version?

    I consider the audio versions of most books better that the print version. Bad question


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The city. It is nice to think about a benevolent caring force in the universe that might help guide our actions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    multiple good scenes.


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

    No. I would savor the book. Listen at times when you can give it your full attention.


    Any additional comments?

    If Dean Koontz has scared the crap out of you in the past, had you sitting in your house scared to move before, and you are afraid to read any more of his books. Trust me. This book is well written and not TOO scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11613)
    Performance
    (10829)
    Story
    (10837)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "TRS-80, C64, ATARI, Amazing Story"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Relive My Childhood


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an amazing review of the cultural and technological highlights of the mid 70s -80s encased in an amazing mystery placed in a dystopic future. I could have been online chatting with any of these characters in my teens, and 20's. Well written


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Zork was a part of my past that I have all but forgotten. I now remember details that were covered with dust in my mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud on a couple of occasions.

    This is a book I want my children to read to help understand what culture helped create the person I am today..


    Any additional comments?

    Sequel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (715)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "What a wonderful book."
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    Would you listen to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry again? Why?

    I will shortly. The book is full of so much useful information about book writing, publishing, selling, and genres, that I want to listen again and take notes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In a book that contains a lot of action and tragedy I am amazed that the tone is fairly calm


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    A.J.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would be giving away too much info. There were at least two points where I was on the verge of tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant imagine anyone not liking this book. Some mature content but probably OK for age 14 and up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3796)
    Performance
    (3479)
    Story
    (3487)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "First contact gone wrong done right."
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    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There have been audiobooks that made me stop and rethink my role in this existence. This book was not one of those kind of books. But it is very well written, very well performed, and a creative fresh perspective on the concept of first contact gone bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No glaring flaws in concepts, fictional technology believable, a more realistic character portrayal. UNLIKE many series books I have read, you are not left hanging at the end. There was a logical break in the story line to justify the next book.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Each character had a unique speech pattern so that they were easily identified.


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

    Yes, but why do you mention sitting. I listen while gardening, fertilizing the lawn, cleaning dishes, and removing old finishes from wood.


    Any additional comments?

    I read two other books by the same author that are very well written. Steelworld, and Dustworld that are worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Looking Glass: Looking Glass Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (413)

    When asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out. Some intend to bring Earth to its knees. Others seem willing to help, but will annihilate the planet if Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller can't stop the menace from spreading.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Great space opera, but a warning ..."
    "Loved everything except for the Cats."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Into the Looking Glass again? Why?

    I found it to be believable, educational, entertaining, and quite humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subtle and not so subtle humorous references to Star Trek. The potential for a SHTF situation involving our first contact with an alien race. The knowledgable references to Military tradition and interactions. The creativity involved in interplanetary exploration. The depiction of missions that were screwed up from the beginning. All of these aspects of the storyline kept me entertained, and interested.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to over 200 audiobooks. This was performed well. I am sure that the singing presented quite a challenge.


    Any additional comments?

    The author almost lost me with the feline like alien species at the beginning and again when a large cat was brought on board for the third book. I am simply not a fan of cats and the two references to cats in the books did not add to the story line. In fact I think that they took away from the story line particularly in the third book when the potty trained cat knows how to flush the spider pest down the toilet? A spider pest that can survive vacuum would certainly survive being flushed down the toilet and could damage the plumbing pretty severely. Overal a very enjoyable read. I was disappointed that there were only three books in this series. I have already purchased one of his other books to read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (3732)
    Story
    (3701)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "I felt compelled to finish and then disappointed."
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    I review few books that I listen too. Usually for very positive or negative reasons. Unfortunately this is for the later type. The book had so much potential that was left unfulfilled. I was left wanting about a number of topics in the book the moon, the little people, the air crysalis, the cult directed by a leader who knows of the future.

    The book was very long and gave me few answers about the topics above that I wanted to hear about and kept repeating facts that I did not want to hear over and over again. So much time was spent discussing the activities of the fee collector, the womans fetish about the shape of older men's heads, and how perfectly trained the woman was. If I am reading a trilogy some information needs to be repeated in each book of the trilogy. In a single book I see little reason to repeat such information over and over again. This book would have been much better if the energy had been used to further describe some of the topics in the paragraph above.

    I thought the book started off slowly, gained speed, became interesting and then lost steam about 2/3 through. I then turned up the speed on my IPHONE APT and finished the book a bit disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Birch
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach’s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry.

    Jennifer says: "Fun & Meaningful"
    "Story of Survival Against all Odds."
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    No spoiler here.

    Overall the audible experience is 4 starts. There were two aspects of the book that I really liked. One is stories about how people lived in other ages. In this case it is the late 1800's in England. The second is stories of survival in desperate situations.

    I purchased this book on recommendations of my daughters teacher. I started listening without any idea about what happens in the book. The narration is excellent and the story is very good. I have spent some time at sea and I thought that the sailing experience was well covered.

    If I were to make any changes, I would say that book this could have been a bigger and better novel. I was left wanting more information regarding two of the characters. Mr. Jamrach, and Dan could have been given more depth, perhaps even there own intertwining storyline.

    Overall good audible experience. A little dark, but well worth the listen.

    Paul

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4385)
    Performance
    (2682)
    Story
    (2721)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Quality Writing in a Science Fiction Setting"
    Overall

    I have been waiting for Audible to have something from Peter Hamilton for some time. I was completely sucked into "Reality Dysfuntion" after only eighty pages. I woke up five or six books later.

    "Pandora's Star" has to be looked at as only a small portion of the whole picture. At the end of the book we still do not have a full grasp of the universe nor do we have an idea how the story will unfold. So I would not be too critical of the ending of the first book. It is difficult to end a book when the story is just beginning. I would blame the editor for the ending of this the first book because I am sure that the author just continued on with the story until the end. The editor was left with the job of determining the break points for each book in the series.

    I really enjoyed the discription and evolution of the alien life form MorningLightMountain. I would agree that some of the haute couture was over the top.

    Narration was good for the most part. I have 183 books in my audible library and this one definitely worth the credit. Enjoy.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (730)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "My Favorite Book for the past 10 years"
    Overall

    Replay was the first book that I searched for when I joined audible. I am glad to see that it is finally available.

    Replay has been my favorite book for the past 10 years. I have two hard cover copies one for my library and a second that I use as a loaner. I have lent the book out to no fewer than 10 friends. I have not gotten anything less than rave reviews from those that have read it.

    The writing is excellent. Imagine if you could live your life over again. Would you end up the same person? What would you do differently? What could you do now to change your future? These are all wonderful topics that the book explores. The book also demonstrates how fleeting life is and that each moment should be savored to its fullest.

    This was my third time through the book and I was so moved that I wanted to write a fan letter to the author. I was disappointed to see that he had passed away of a heart attack. One could only hope that he is Replaying his life again.

    Don't just trust my opinion. Visit Amazon.com there are 313 reviews for this book and it got 4.5 stars. Enjoy.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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