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Sarah.

Varied taste in books from classics to Sci-Fi to books on psychology and science. I'm a quantitative and a qualitative reader.

Brooklyn, NY United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kris Radish
    • Narrated By Linda Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral, Katherine Givens befriends the four other women who, through the unexpected circumstance of their recently deceased friend Annie Freeman's last will and testament, are about to share a life-affirming road trip.

    Bonnie says: "I couldn't finish"
    "Annoying"
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    I listened for two hours and couldn't go on. The story was so slow getting off the ground and the repetitive descriptions of the characters, their problems and their feelings was exhausting. It reads like molasses and while I like in depth information and description this was just heavy and dragged you down, If you don't have my attention in an hour then you've lost me. I would not recommend it. Wish I had my money back on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.

    Sarah. says: "I think it's better than the first book"
    "I think it's better than the first book"
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    I can't say whether it's my mood when I listened to the last book or when I listened to this one, but I've laughed out loud several times and smiled quite often which I'm sure has made a few people unnerved on the subway.
    Once again, Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam's group of sorcerers is being thwarted by those in power; the king and the Amazing Blix. While trying to keep Kazam afloat and from being absorbed into Blix's sphere of control she is also trying to help a wild Quark beast come over from Australia when hers died.
    The mad cap adventures and utterly entertaining characters are in profusion but it is the wonderful wit of Fforde and makes the story even more delightful.
    I highly recommend this one and find you don't need to read the first one to enjoy this one though the details from the previous book of course will add to experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2815)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Gotta work on the names and accents."
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    The story was good and you don't get it right away so it remains keeping you interested so that you find out what happens. There are several french or Cajun words that were completely wrong and maybe I'm a snob for being from there but some of these things should be researched or checked. I will read more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Belfador is the single novella remaining of Machiavelli’s works. It was considered one of the finest of the period. Machiavelli was considered a skilled storyteller by all who knew him for, after all, stories form the basis of his most famous work, The Prince, "Belfagor" is a compact version of lessons from The Prince.

    Sarah. says: "Short story about the evils of a wife"
    "Short story about the evils of a wife"
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    This isn't just the short story but also some commentary by the narrator on the story and the writer. Worth listening to and now I want to read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (839)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Teri Ambrose says: "Inspirational, quick read"
    "Thought it would be more about neroscience"
    Overall
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    This is an essay on the ethics of lying. I was looking for more about the science/biology of lying. What happens in the brain and body and how it effects is from an evolutionary stand point. It's a good essay on why not to lie so that is why I have it 4 stars,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2514)
    Story
    (2543)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Good fun!"
    Overall
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    It's a Victorian era paranormal romance and mystery. The writing is clever and even had me laugh out loud at points. The romance scenes are decent and while sexy, mild.

    Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator and perfect for the outspoken and often snooty character of Alexia Terrabotti.

    At 26 Miss Terrabotti is a spinster and a blue stocking (basically a woman interested in knowledge as opposed to just fashion), she was also born without a soul. This is a power that neutralizes the abilities of the supernatural and defines her as a preternatural. While at a ball that promised comestibles but offered only punch, she is attacked by a vampire lacking all the knowledge and training of one. After dispatching him she has to deal with Lord Maccon who often finds her trying his patience. Thus we are introduced the the actors of our story, their sexual tension, and the mystery of an rogue and uneducated vampire.

    This book is pure brain candy, but quite fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1648)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (755)

    Carl Cravens says: "Great story, enjoyable British humour."
    "narrator is good recording isn't"
    Overall
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    It's a wonderful story and very funny. The narrator is very good though the recording is bad. There are inconsistencies in sound quality and awkward breaks that don't seem to be intended. In between the chapters is indicated by a very annoying ringing or bell sound. Not something desired listening to the spoken word especially with so many damned chapters.

    Pratchett is a great writer with clever turns of phrase and moments that make you laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (147)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "And so the series begins"
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    Meet Thursday Next a woman who lives and works in an alternate reality type world. She is a detective for a society that takes literature very seriously. While this keeps her busy she becomes draw into yet another world where book characters are real and have their own lives, laws and society. This is her introduction fixing a problem with the classic book Jane Eyre.

    These books are fantastic in both definitions of the word. It's delightfully British with a lot of whimsy.

    Thursday solves mysteries, has adventures, fights evil and does the best she can. These are perfect books to escape from reality for a while.

    I can't recommend this story enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4615)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3044)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Slow Start but great story"
    Overall
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    The book starts a little slow, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
    The story of Anthropologists who discover an artifact and a mysterious beast, and a killing spree in the Museum of Natural History in NYC. After a third individual has been killed in the Museum, we meet Pendergast a New Orleans FBI agent who recognizes the killers M.O. and has come to New York to investigate. Thus begins a roller coaster ride to solve the mystery as bodies counts soar.
    The ending was satisfying and the characters human enough and interesting enough for 'brain candy' type reading. The introduction of Pendergast however, is like a tease as he is enigmatic, polite, intelligent and thinks outside the usual parameters. The glimpse we see of the man makes you want more and has even caused me to get the next book as to satisfy my curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (528)

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "Pro-Fundamentalist Christian Anti Eastern Religion"
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    I didn't realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible.com. The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs. evil type story. Being a C.S. Lewis fan (also of his Christian essays and books) I didn't have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify "Eastern Mysticism". Now many religions and philosophies fall under that umbrella and while it was never specifically stated it insinuated that, among other religions that strive to do good, Buddhism is anti-Christian and even Satanic in nature which just isn't true. Part of the reason I believe that it was Buddhism that was being rebuked is: the importance of meditation, the reference to dragons (described as dragons but written as demons) (which mean a different thing in Buddhism than it does in Christianity) and several other practices I saw misinterpreted and maligned. The book portrayed these aspects in a very ugly light and was often out and out incorrect in what the Buddhist practice is about. Granted, Buddhism is non-theist religion, but it isn't anti-theist. There is a big difference. Western Buddhism often has no problem having God or Christ incorporated into its practices. The 2,500 year old view is to be compassionate to every living thing. Plus meditation is to quiet your mind and the voices so you can be peaceful and keep out negative thoughts/voices. Many Christians use meditation for prayer and to quiet themselves enough to here the voice of God. Meditation can be a form of prayer depending on how it was used. There's also the Three Pure Precepts in Zen and Buddhism: to not create evil, to practice good, and to actualize good for others. Not very demonic in my view. Saving the environment and animals that God created hardly seems to me a heretical or blasphemous act.
    The message about God and Christ would have been quite enlightening and influential if it weren't for the Eastern beliefs bashing which really turned me off from the book. If it weren't for that I would have given the book 4 stars **** As it was well written for fantasy writing, and had a decent adventurous story line.
    It would have been very easy for them to be a quiet satanic cult under the guise of Christianity which they did cover, but it satanism that uses, always, Eastern 'Mysticism' or religion as its right arm. Again, I would have liked it had it not equated Eastern Religions with Satanism. One's failure to believe in God does not equate being evil. There are many who are moral and ethical who believe different things or incorporate different aspects into their beliefs. Hate is not what Jesus proposed but loving those who may not be awake in the manner in which you think they should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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