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  • 9 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "Nice idea driven sf"

    Robert J Sawyer has his flaws as a writer. His books are not exactly breathtakingly thrillers and his characters are often simple. I can understand why some people is annoyed by his liberal world view and morals. Even for a progressiv Scandinavian as me, it can get a bit to politically correct. People just aren't that nice, I find myself thinking while reading his books. And in this one especially the autistic father is a bit to much a construction for me to believe in him, Sawyers research about autism shines through the description of him.

    But i really like his books. The Neanderthal trilogy and now this one are very entertaining and impossible to put down when you've started reading them. They are classic science fiction stories, driven by ideas, rather than plot and characters and as a reader you shouldn't expect more. Or less.

    I am really looking forward to the last book in the series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Stopped reading"

    A stupid, unnecessary book. I really can't understand the fuzz over it. I stopped listening to it after an hour. I may give it another shot later. If I get really, really bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Mel says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "A lovely read"

    I just loved this book. As I've loved every book by Murakami I've read so far. He has a style of writing that is his own. And it suits me perfect.

    There are two major ways to tell a story. The first asks "what will happen?". It's typical for thrillers and dramas. Will the hero survive? Will the young lovers get together?

    The second asks "what is happening?". Murakami is a master of this technique. He is not interested in moving fast forward, rather in taking a situation and letting the reader slowly understand what the situation is. And Kafka on the Shore is another of his books that follows that recipe.

    After reading a lot of his books i have realized that Murakami really believes in the good in people, believes that people are good. Bad people are often just good people in bad situations. And sometimes there aren't any bad people at all.

    This is a truly good book, in the same tradition as Fjodor Dostojevskij, Emile Zola or Salman Rushdie, three of my favorite writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Robert says: "Read the book Quiet instead"
    "Good introduction, but..."

    The idea of introvert and extrovert personalities wasn't new to me, but in the scientific tradition I've been schooled that idea have little or no importance. So I've never really thought about it. This book made me do that. It's not very well written, some of the chapters are actually boring and gave me nothing. But on the whole the book gave me a new perspective on what I already known, some new ways to handle my own life. And that is worth much.

    The narration is okay. No more. No less. A book of this kind needs that. So I am glad I listened to it.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat: Secrets of Science in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

    Jerker says: "Funny and interesting, but badly edited"
    "Funny and interesting, but badly edited"

    As a food nerd I really enjoyed listening to this one. It was full of new knowledge and perspectives on cooking that apart from just being entertaining already has improved my food. Most people don't really know what they are doing in the kitchen and it's not necessary to be honest, but knowledge makes the time you spend in their much more meaningful and this book is a good help.

    I would have given it five stars overall if it had been a bit better edited. As the texts comes from a newspaper column, I can understand that the same themes have come up often, but when making a book you should edit out the retakes.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Okay, just okay"

    Not funny enough to be good comedy, not exciting enough to be a good criminal story. There is something unengaging about the book. It's like it was written by an unwilling author and after a while I got unengaged too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "A wonderful experience"

    Every nice thing people has written about the book is true. It's one of Irvings best so far. I have nothing to add on that matter.

    But as a radio producer who has worked a lot with radio theater and narrations I just have to say that this is one of the best audio book narrations I have ever heard! Genious. Barrett makes every word count, paints all the caracters in full color. It has been pure joy to walk around with his voice in my head. I miss it so much that I will probably choose my next book from the other ones he has narrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Best by Brown so far, but..."

    Brown has an tendency to seem uninspired, like he is writing a cooking recipe, not a suspens novel. I actually liked the first two movies much better than the books.

    Other mystery writers has a tendency to include tedious descriptions of the heros personal life, mostly long descriptions of their shortcomings. I think it is fantastic how Brown throws the reader straight into the story, but sometimes I feel like I would like to know a bit more about Robert Langdon. A more evident problem is that the stories are built around the same dramatic skeleton, which is not that evident in the movies.

    The movies are also relatively free from the half chewed sexual tension that Brown tries to charge his stories with.

    But, it was nice listening to it. Well read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Strange Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Darrell Bain
    • Narrated By Bob Jordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the population of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated, have fewer illnesses and many other positive traits.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing auditory experience"
    "It promises more than it delivers"

    A Strange Valley is a very strange book. It starts off with a nice sci-fi-idea, a nice what-if, but never lifts from the ground. Instead of trying to build suspense the writer spends most of the novel to quasiliberal sexual fantasies that with time get tiresomely lecherous. Quite a disapointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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