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K. Daniels


Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandra Horowitz
    • Narrated By Karen White

    With more than 52 million pet dogs in America today, it's clear we are a nation of unabashed dog lovers. Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs - as seen from the animal's point of view.

    Chris says: "Not so bad"
    "Tons of interesting information about dogs"
    Would you listen to Inside of a Dog again? Why?

    Maybe parts of it. It was informative and very well-written, but ran very long to me. Part of that may have been the performance, which I wasn't crazy about.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside of a Dog?

    The parts of the book wherein Horowitz discusses her own dog, Pump, and how interacting with Pump helps Horowitz self-educate about animal behavior.

    What three words best describe Karen White’s voice?

    Uneven, pragmatic, dry

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

    Not "moved" exactly -- it was so fact-filled I didn't have a very emotional response to it. But the sections about Pump were by far the sweetest.

    Any additional comments?

    A really good book about dogs and dog behavior -- next time I might just read the paper copy rather than listen, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Fajola Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "Great story, blandly told"
    What did you love best about Philomena?

    It was wrenching. Such a beautiful, tragic story of how repression and restriction can destroy lives. Well written and thought provoking.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Hess. Though he was exasperating at times, it was always possible to empathize with him.

    Would you be willing to try another one of John Curless’s performances?

    Probably not. His delivery was the low point of this book. His reading was stiff and stilted, and detracted at many times from the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "A little underwhelming"
    What disappointed you about Gulp?

    The narrator did different "voices" for different people mentioned in the book, which has a distracting, cartoony influence on the listening experience. Plus, it seems Roach was more interested in pursuing the "ick" factor than in detailing a broad scope of information about the digestive system. She didn't really mention the liver, pancreas, or small intestine, for instance, and spent a ton of time on saliva without much time on the tongue. All in all, I would have preferred more information with less forced cleverness.

    What could Mary Roach have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above. Broadening the scope and not assuming what would gross out the reader might have led to a more appealing book.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As I mentioned above, the narrator did a lot of cartoony voices, which didn't appeal to me. She did have a clear, exact voice and good pronounciation, but sounded a little "actor-y" to me.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gulp?

    Didn't need as much time with the cows' stomachs, would have liked more breadth of the digestive organs and their roles, such as the liver, pancreas, and tongue.

    Any additional comments?

    Not terrible, but I've read other Mary Roach and this is probably my least favorite of hers. Stiff and Spook were great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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