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Pamela

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  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1732)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "A reasonably good book"
    Overall

    If it weren't for the author/narrator's hoarse voice with sibilant "s" sounds, speech peculiarities, and over-the-top accent, I would have given it a 4 or 5. As it read, though, I found the narration distracting and couldn't really get into the whole story, or stories, actually. Anyway it seems to read like a collection of segments from "This American Life" with a psycho theme, and for that reason this listening experience was somewhat enjoyable. Couldn't help thinking, though, what if the narrator had a less distinctive voice and was just a neutral, accent-less presence. Would have worked better for me as a listener. What's with all the books being read by their authors? Can't say that it works in most cases.

    16 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (706)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Shallow and Generic"
    Overall

    This book was not as advertised. I expected more explorations of the PTSD phenomenon and how it affected the protagonist's present life, rather than a long story of a knock-down, drag-out garden variety kidnapping, complete with archetypical male misogynist behavior. Way too much profanity - I don't mind the f-word now and then, when it's appropriate, but when every other word is an f-word or other hostile profanity, used as an adjective by the main character in her therapy sessions, it's way too much. The character's cookie-cutter variety of hostility against therapy and therapists was also very generic and tiresome.

    Added in was the narrator's flat delivery and speed reading. She sounded as though someone was forcing her to read the words and she was just going through the motions. Disappointing, this novel could have been so much more.

    28 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (149)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    Overall

    Will you please stop featuring such appealing novels only available in abridged format? I am continually stumped as to why oh why anyone with a brain would even bother to read an abridged novel. Several times I have found on your site what promised to be a good read, but only available in the abridged version, and I have gone to the competition and rented the unabridged cassettes. Please stop the insanity!

    138 of 145 people found this review helpful

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