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Donna

Sherman Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (327)

    As Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Walter Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

    Joseph says: "A perfect formula for a great read"
    "From the Brain of a Language Major"
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    What made the experience of listening to For the Love of Physics the most enjoyable?

    I admit that I know almost nothing about physics, and I downloaded this book on a crazy whim, but then I loved it! The narrator interpreted the authors' words in a friendly and conversational way. And the authors gave me a brand new view of the world, just as promised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For the Love of Physics?

    The discussion of black holes (which apparently everyone loves) was completely enlightening.


    Which character – as performed by Kent Cassella – was your favorite?

    Walter Lewin, the professor


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

    I was astonished that I liked it so much.


    Any additional comments?

    As a language major, I usually stay away from anything science-related, but I am really glad that I took a chance on this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (750)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "There's Something to be Said for Maturity"
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    If you could sum up The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax in three words, what would they be?

    Old ladies rock.


    What other book might you compare The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax to and why?

    Agatha Christie's Mrs. Marple stories, in which a clever, mature woman manages to make her way out of dangerous situations.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Barbara Rosenblat is incredibly talented, and does a great job of portraying Mrs. Pollifax as well as Johnny Farrell.


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

    The moment when the nearly exhausted Mrs. Pollifax found the energy to haul the hay cart with the two completely exhausted men in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad there are more volumes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17343)
    Performance
    (15446)
    Story
    (15489)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Aaaargh, the Ending Broke My Heart"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Masochists?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    the sister


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    the protagonist, what a sick puppy!


    Any additional comments?

    Good writing, interesting twists, good performance, but the ending made me hate the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (921)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "As Good as Advertised"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I already have, but not to everyone I know. I think it takes a thoughtful person to really love this book. It is not like anything I have read before. I read it more than a month ago, but I am reminded of it almost every day. Just looking at a bridge, or turning on the water faucet can bring it to mind.


    What other book might you compare Earth Abides to and why?

    I just can't think of one, but I would be interested to hear what someone else might compare it to. At the beginning, it did make me think of "On the Beach."


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis – was your favorite?

    Ish, of course. What an interesting guy. Nearly the opposite of me. I would be more like the relationship guy, Ezra, or the universal mom, Em.


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

    The moment when the group decides whether Evie should procreate or not made me very uncomfortable. While the logic made sense, any idea of eugenics is just too close to Nazi thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't get this book out of my mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (213)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Love Agatha Raisin"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of As the Pig Turns to be better than the print version?

    Definitely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of As the Pig Turns?

    The whole story was typical Agatha Raisin, which was what I was anticipating with glee. Agatha never disappoints. She gets herself into ridiculous situations and then always manages to get back out. I love the way she stumbles into fatal events. Also, I like her coterie of pals, the nice Mrs. Blocksby, the attractive-but-distant James, narcissistic Roy, and the noble Charles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't pick just one.


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

    It made me laugh, as I knew it would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4562)
    Performance
    (3908)
    Story
    (3884)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Anglophile's Dream"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was witty, fun, instructive, and beautifully narrated by Kate Kellgren.


    What other book might you compare Her Royal Spyness to and why?

    the Bloody Jack series - great narrator Kellgren, plucky heroine, historical background
    Agatha Christie novels - fun plot, immersion in


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She studies and produces flawlessly all the accents. She infuses every character with personality, and even sings the songs. I was encouraged to try this series because she was the narrator.


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

    I had a ton of fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4792)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1449)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Surprise hit!"
    Overall

    As someone who has always stressed the intellectual over the spiritual, I resisted downloading this book because I was afraid it was going to be too religious (the "pray" part scared me). I'm glad now that I gave it a try. Elizabeth Gilbert is amazingly talented at describing what I thought until now was ineffable. I loved her honesty and sense of humor. And listening to her reading her own work was especially nice. I loved this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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