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Maeve

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  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "Running as discipline"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What I Talk about When I Talk about Running to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so I can't make an informed choice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the running helped him become a disciplined writer and gave structure to his life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One in which he noticed other regular runners in his running time/spot and befriends them in his mind.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2811)
    Performance
    (2588)
    Story
    (2574)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "A meditation on love and loss"
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    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The complex and possibly unreliable narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    The reveal. I don't want to spoil it, but it all makes sense in the end.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful voice and was incredibly convincing as the narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of The End of the Affair and why?

    Bendrix, the narrator is the one whom we understand best. We don't really get to know Sarah, his love. She is more of a phantom, a memory.


    0 of 0 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
    (4236)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3668)

    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"
    "Amazing narrators bring the work alive!"
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    What is reality?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1Q84?

    When the two main characters finally meet.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were three narrators, one for each character, and they each brought personality and emotion to their performance, Alison Hiroto especially. It really brought the work alive and helped keep perspectives straight. One of the best narrations I have heard. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.


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

    Yes, but unfortunately do it's length that was not possible! Not that I am complaining because I also didn't want it to end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4249)
    Performance
    (3669)
    Story
    (3644)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "An Excellent Look at the Often Overlooked"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a great book for both introverts and extroverts to help understand why each react differently to the same situations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This question doesn't really apply since this book is a work of non-fiction.


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

    The narration fits with the premise in that it has a quiet intensity to it.


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

    I liked listening to this book in chunks so that I could digest what I was learning, but you could listen to it all at once if you wanted.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (793)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Great thought piece!"
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    If you could sum up The Botany of Desire in three words, what would they be?

    Plants manipulate humans


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the case study approach Pollan took to illustrate greater truths about the interconnectivity between plants and humans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes in which Pollan was in his own garden exploring what he was learning in his own patch of land.


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

    Do we control what we plant or does it control us?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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