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hounslow, KS, United States

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 153 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham

    Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

    Darwin8u says: "Parts I loved, Parts I hated but Playfully Kinetic"

    I have to disagree with everyone who slagged off the reader - i thought he did a great job. Unfortunately I wasn't very interested in the book itself, no matter who was reading it. Funnily enough, I loved the preface (which is at the end...) but the rest of it I could take or leave. Not awful but not great either.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Selling for Dummies, Second Edition

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Hopkins
    • Narrated By Brett Barry

    Persuading other people to say "yes" is an essential skill in life, whether you're selling a product, an idea, or yourself. Packed with tried-and-true tips and real-life examples, this revised edition walks you step by step through the fundamentals of successful selling, with an emphasis on the Internet. So take this valuable guide and close the deal!

    C says: "Depressing"

    I bought this because I was told i needed to sell myself more and there are some good tips to avoid alienating people. Some of the stock sales lines he quotes near the end for you to use on your punters just made me feel nauseous. Maybe just a cultural thing (I'm british) but it really didn't make me want to emulate the guy at all. Why would I want to manipulate people into buying something they don't want?
    Ach! Still, if all you want is a short, easily digestible toolkit of tricks of the trade you may be able to get what you need here!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You See But You Do Not Observe: A Short Story from 'The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik

    Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to the late 21st century to investigate the greatest mystery of all: if the universe is full of life, where are all the aliens?

    This short story is from The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a modern collection featuring the famous detective.

    J says: "Short but sweet."
    "We-e-ell, it's OK..."

    I like Sherlock Holmes a lot and I read enough pop-sci books to follow the point he's trying to illustrate. This left me feeling a bit unsatisfied though: the author obviously knows his Sherlock, but the characters weren't really alive and the central conceit (the Reichenbach Falls as a sort of cosmic schrodinger's cat situation) was all a bit stretched. It's Ok for a free listen but I'll not be buying the book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lenore Skenazy
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids.

    C says: "Plenty to think about"
    "Plenty to think about"

    I read this today and was relieved to find it was written by someone who can actually write, has a sense of humour and - best of all - can succesfully avoid triggering the gag reflex of a 41-year-old male curmudgeon. I was quite interested at the range of emotion it provoked in me, from wanting to shake her hand and buy her a drink to wanting to hurl the book across the room. I didn't hurl it though because it's an audiobook and my ipod is precious so I hurled James Joyce's "Ulysses" instead. Even after all these years it's surprising how therapeutic that can be.

    Anyway, she's very good* on educational toys, Baby Einstein DVDs ("Even Mozart didn't listen to Mozart as a kid. His kids did though - and who's ever heard of them?"), and general running-about-outdoors-and-making-a-mess. she is fundamentally unsound** on breastfeeding and bicycling***. There are some dodgy applications of statistics in there and some hackneyed health-and-safety-gone-mad stories are trotted out, such as that old chestnut - no pun intended - about conkers being banned throughout England by government fiat. On the whole, the buy-her-a-drink tendency outweighed the throw-Ulysses-across-the-room tendency about 80:20, so buy the book if you're in the mood to have an argument with the author in your head or if you need an antidote to society's excesses but that's about it.

    *=by which of course i mean "she reinforces my prejudices"
    **=by which of course i mean "she does not reinforce my prejudices"
    ***=alliteration aside, even i would have to admit it is unwise to combine the two...."

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, and others

    David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he combines hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

    Mark says: "This is ABRIDGED"
    "Brief Audio with Hideous Editing"

    After the first two stories (dull sketches, read stiltedly) I almost gave up but there were enough plums in what was left that I was glad i stuck it out. He has a great ear for dialogue and for the little self-deceptions and manipulations that pepper his protagonists' dialogues. There are numerous readers and most of them are really good. This is the tragedy though: I read the review on amazon and some of the stories that didn't make the cut sound really interesting, so why did they get dropped in favour of what sounded like padding? Ach, I'll have to buy the papery version and read it myself I think.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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