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Julia

Corinth, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Double Star

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (383)
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    (133)
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    (137)

    When the most important statesman of the 21st century disappears on Mars, the only hope of preventing interplanetary war lies in a ham actor's ability to impersonate the missing leader well enough to fool two worlds!

    William says: "More worthy of a listen than a read"
    "Perfectly Heinlein, perfectly audiobook"
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    Where does Double Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audio book sci-fi I've got. It's been my son's favorite book and the book that first got him interested in science.


    What other book might you compare Double Star to and why?

    Catch Me if you Can, with the difference that this book is something a reader should aspire to be rather than see as a bad example.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    His voice narration is bedtime story smooth and perfect.


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

    Choose your friends carefully, they will make you who you are.


    Any additional comments?

    Favorite book with a favorite narrator, sometimes the world just lines up right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carl Hart
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
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    A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist - Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences.

    Matthew R. Herald says: "An excellent book to make you think"
    "A reality that makes sense"
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    What did you love best about High Price?

    I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.


    What other book might you compare High Price to and why?

    I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.


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

    Hard looking


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Julia says: "One half of a very good book"
    "One half of a very good book"
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    Would you listen to Night School again? Why?

    I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".


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

    How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By S. Frederick Starr
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (29)
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    Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

    Julia says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "What a wonderful find!"
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    Would you listen to Lost Enlightenment again? Why?

    I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.


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

    The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. E. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bernadette Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).

    Paulette Suddarth says: "Baloney"
    "If I could give my brain a long, hot shower"
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    What did you like best about Confessions of a Sociopath? What did you like least?

    I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dale McGowan
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    Overall
    (67)
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    (35)
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    (36)

    Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children.

    Melissa says: "I'm so glad I found this book"
    "Good reading for religious vegans."
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    What made the experience of listening to Parenting Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (167)
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    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "A few real surprises"
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    Would you listen to Give and Take again? Why?

    I'll be listening to this book again, at least once. I will be putting time into some changes based on the compassion fatigue concept and the lek concept -- really new ideas for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea that people don't burn out due to overwork but instead underwin -- I'm going to be putting that into action right away.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Doe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Gillis
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
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    Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms – from the late 1960s when tae kwon do trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids.

    Diana says: "An Ugly, Albeit honest, Look @ Taekwondo's history"
    "This book deserves a movie"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's all kinds of myth about the founding of Tae Kwon Do and the effect that ITF and WTF have now. If you want the underbelly, with lots of documentation, this is your book. You'll be going to resources again and again to supply some historical background for the events described, and you will read it again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Judy Carter
    • Narrated By Judy Carter
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    The Message of You begins with a simple belief - that your greatest speech already exists and that it has already been delivered in front of a live audience masterfully and powerfully by you. Best-selling author and international comic, Judy Carter sets out to prove that The Message of You is in the advice you give to your friends; in the lessons you teach your children; in the stories you tell your family. It's expressed through the volunteer work you do, the way you run your business, the way you turned your messes into successes.

    Julia says: "Not Just a Book, Online Support"
    "Not Just a Book, Online Support"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book to work with in sections, and best with community, and the author provides a community online. Very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dussie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nancy Springer
    • Narrated By Susan Hanfield
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    Dussie always knew puberty was going to be confusing, but she never realized it was going to be catastrophic - until she wakes up one morning to find that her hair has turned into a writhing mass of slithering snakes and discovers the real truth about her family: her mother is a Gorgon--right out of Greek mythology--and she was named after her mother's younger sister, Medusa.

    Julia says: "Completely unexpected!"
    "Completely unexpected!"
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    What other book might you compare Dussie to and why?

    Any book by Eleanor Cameron, or Sylvia Waugh. There's a just next to of this reality, fully realized alternate reality to play in. People who love the Mennyms will enjoy this book.


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

    The ending was a choker, but in a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divorce: The Middle-Aged Man's Survival Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Zackary Richards
    • Narrated By Zackary Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (12)
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    (12)
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    There are plenty of normal, decent women out there. This book isn't about them. This book is intended for the men who worked steadily over the last 20-plus years, helped their wives raise the kids, attended all their plays and sporting events, mowed the lawn, took out the garbage, fixed the sink, were patient and understanding during that "time of the month", and fully expected to be married for the rest of their lives. Then out of nowhere, the women they'd loved, honored, and cherished for the last two-plus decades couldn't stand the sight of them....

    Sabin says: "He's Nailed It!"
    "My Mom Needed This Book"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This is a blue collar flavored tale. Part of the time I thought he was running some sort of Colbert Report, making a character and half the time I thought he was serious. Every time he mentioned "that time of the month" I certainly gritted my teeth.


    What did you learn from Divorce: The Middle-Aged Man's Survival Guide that you would use in your daily life?

    When someone suddenly can't stand the sight of you and you can't even figure out who this person is and where the person you love went, consider the possibility that they are experiencing guilt at the very sight of you. My mom knew this. She used to say "The thing about mudslinging, mud sticks best to clean skin." Great advice. Wish she had taken it for herself, right at the beginning of my parent's struggles.


    Any additional comments?

    Men can deal with the situations described, I'm sure of it. However the women I know are more likely to deal with the problems mentioned. An eye opening look at the savage side of love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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