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Wendy

North York, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2725)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1498)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "great family fare"
    "Greek Gods made easy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea of Monsters to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I like listening to this kind of thing while I drive. It's easy to start and stop, and still draws you in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, and the unpredictability


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

    The voices are pretty fun.


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

    This whole series makes me laugh often -- the unexpected campiness, and the juxtaposition of current times and ancient times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Judith Lewis Herman
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Judith Lewis Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism.

    Wendy says: "Historical Context"
    "Historical Context"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator sounds like they are trying to make every part of every sentence momentous. It is very difficult to listen to, as the pauses are in odd places at times, and there doesn't feel like there's a flow to the narrative.


    What was most disappointing about Judith Lewis Herman’s story?

    It seems to be mostly historical at this point, and I would have liked to have more current information.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jo Anna Perrin?

    I don't know


    Did Trauma and Recovery inspire you to do anything?

    It was hard to not skip areas of the book


    1 of 1 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
    (4011)
    Performance
    (3455)
    Story
    (3429)

    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++++++++!!!!!"
    "A long time coming"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    I have been delighted with this book, and have referred it to several people who are also introverts, to help them have context for their lives.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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