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K. Arkwell

Richmond, Virginia USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1495)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "What a find!"
    Overall

    If you enjoy the high-brow comedy and wit of movies like "Philadelphia Story", then you will love this great romantic adventure story. When I say it made me laugh out loud, I mean that literally. Amelia Peabody is a quite a character, in the best sense of the word. Barbara Rosenblat is an outstanding narrator.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Simon Templeman, Anthony Heald, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot-tall creature and succeeds in animating him, but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill.

    Jefferson says: "What's a Lonely Creature to Do?"
    "Gothic at it's best"
    Overall

    I've been reading and loving modern gothic books for several years. When looking for my "next book", I thought why not go to the original goth? Like so many others, I have heard about Frankenstein and seen the various movie adaptations but never actual read the original by Mary Shelley. WOW! I was not disappointed! This is an amazing book, simply amazing! The narrators do an excellent job of bringing this story to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (832)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Can't get past the first hour"
    Overall

    The arrogance and self-righteousness of the author completely negates his message for me. Not to mention that it's a full 40 minutes in intro and preface before the first chapter starts! He tells you what he's going to tell you, what he's going to cover in the chapters ahead, how he's going to lay out his arguments, then he repeats it again. I'm guessing that's because he thinks everyone is too stupid to understand what he's going to say. I gave up after an hour. There are too many good books out there to listen to. I give him the benefit of the doubt and give it 2 stars because I haven't finished it. The part I have heard isn't even worth one star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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