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Danielle

flyballcairn

Cartersville, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (951)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Captivating Tale"
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    This book tells the compelling story of a young woman's mysterious illness that manifests as psychosis but turns out to be something else. What is eerily intriguing about the story is that the author remembers very little of it and she had to discover what happened during this period and try to piece it back together so that you feel as if you are going on the journey with her. Narration was excellent. Highly recommend this very human journey through a medical mystery.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6015)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2225)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Engaging, thoughtful and humorous"
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    Loved this book. The narration was absolutely perfect for the story. The story moved between laugh out loud funny, to stress and tension as I fell into easy empathy with the characters. The only real negative comment that I have about the audio book, is the music. Once or twice, it was brief and seemed to be in an effective place. The majority of the time however, it was just annoying; especially when playing over the narration. That is certainly a minor detail compared with the rest of the book and performance. I highly recommend this book and I can certainly imagine listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (955)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "The story of Sulfa"
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    This book does get bogged down in quite a few places and the narration was rather plodding. On the other hand, I hardly knew anything about Sulfa and learned quite a lot from this volume. Very good history on the American consumer's approach to medicine (the section on patent medicine).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    Raymond says: "Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert"
    "Wow! Fascinating."
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    Couldn't recommend this enough to folks interested in emerging diseases. I learned a tremendous amount and the performance was also well-done and compelling. Skip "The Coming Plague" and go directly to this gem.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1530)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Eye opening."
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    Though the book did get bogged down in a few places, I learned a great deal and between this and a few other books, had my eyes opened to the limitations of medicine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laurie Garrett
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment, and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pronounciation is the key!"
    "Good content, but performance was poor."
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    What did you like best about The Coming Plague? What did you like least?

    The information about the emerging diseases and why they were becoming prominent.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kimberly Schraf’s performances?

    No. She needs to learn to pronounce Ebola correctly. Not to mention quite a few other words. Very annoying.


    Did The Coming Plague inspire you to do anything?

    Go back to fiction for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    While this has good info, the Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer and particularly the Viral Storm were much,much better. Of those, I have only listened to the Viral Storm and read the other two.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Very enjoyable diversion."
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    If you could sum up The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Good story.


    What other book might you compare The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to and why?

    Lemony Snicket, although these events are not quite as unfortunate but I found them much more enjoyable.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Didn't read the book, but I loved Ms Kellgren's performance.


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

    No particular moment. I got caught up in the story when the children were introduced and found it to be a very enjoyable, laugh out loud good story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Races

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (399)

    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
    "Why did it have to end?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scorpio Races to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. The audio edition was outstanding due to the amazing voice work of the narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Exceptionally well-written. The prose was almost lyrical at times in its use of language. Exceptionally good development of Puck, Sean, Corr, Dove and the island of Thisby. I felt like I was there living the story.


    What about Steve West and Fiona Hardingham ’s performance did you like?

    It was perfect for the characters and drew me in completely.


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

    Too many to note, although the ending was exceptionally moving with Sean and Corr.


    Any additional comments?

    Can not recommend this highly enough to anyone who loves a good, well-written story--especially one involving horses. Somewhat took me back to my childhood of getting lost in the Black Stallion series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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