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Morgan

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  • What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cat Warren
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

    Suzanne LeRoy says: "Good read for ScentWork/ K9 NoseWork enthusiasts"
    "Excellent book about cadaver dogs!"
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    Perhaps I love this book because, like the author, I am a civilian cadaver dog handler. Like her, I have a real job but love doing cadaver detection with my German Shepherd. I started my first dog around the same time she did and now also have a young dog in training. That's my bias.

    I think this book would be fascinating to anyone who is curious about what humans and dogs can do together especially the quirky work of finding the dead.

    The author's explanations of why this work is so satisfying rang true as did her description of the parts of it that haunt a handler (probably not what you think). Her account of her and Solo's training and development into a working team described the joys and pitfalls common to human-canine teamwork. That story is interwoven with chapters on scientific and historical information about working dogs in general with a focus on sniffer dogs especially cadaver dogs. There is some fascinating material on the work that was done to investigate using other species to do detection work (such as bees, snakes and pigs).

    This isn't a training book, but there are quotes from many good trainers and descriptions of problems that will perhaps inspire your training.

    Recommended!

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (14485)
    Performance
    (11887)
    Story
    (12511)

    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.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Abandoning this unfinished"
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    After two chapters, I deleted this book from device. I am somewhat easily entertained but this is a pale story with a weak and annoying main character. There was nothing compelling nor entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (726)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Insipid"
    Overall

    The real mystery is why this author is so popular. I'm not difficult to please especially with mysteries. I nearly abandoned this one several times but instead left it playing while I did other stuff (like pump gas). Often while listening, I found myself repeating lines to my dog ("I melted into his arms") and just laughing. The dog agreed; There is no humor, no grace, no subtlety, no intelligence.

    The narrator did her best.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chopping Spree: Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isn't just booming - it's skyrocketing. But as her friend Marla is constantly warning her, "success can kill you." Goldy knows she needs to slow down before she breaks down, and she vows she'll do it - right after her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Mall's Elite Shoppers Club.

    ot in the garden says: "A complete disappointment"
    "same author?"
    Overall

    I keep wondering if this book was really written by Ms. Davidson. I've enjoyed this series in the past. They are light and fun. This one is ridiculous, forced and just off the mark. Maybe the problem is the narration. I enjoy Barbara Rosenblatt's Goldie quite a bit and maybe she brings in much needed irony. I've almost abandoned this one and have asked, out loud, "really?" several times.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

    flimfrik says: "Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed."
    "narration issues"
    Overall

    The book is OK. The narration is not so great. In particular, the voices of the two black characters are bizarre and, to me, grating. The voices don't fit what we know about the characters.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (475)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "didactic and entertaining"
    Overall

    Although there were some plausability problems, the story kept my interest. Sure there is a know-it-all character who delivers lots of lectures. But they are informative and interesting to me. The bumbling lawyer is impossibly dumb. Still, it challenged my beliefs and was entertaining. I recently read The Company by Robert Littel and Oryx and Crake by Margarat Atwood. I recommend these as an interesting set on the themes of politics, science and misinformation campaigns. There is a cannibalism scene that is somewhat revolting. Most of Crichton's works have some nasty violence but it's hard to skim those passages in audio format (at least on a Nano). The print edition has a good annotated bibliography and I plan to read some of the source materials.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (830)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a dark and absorbing listen that calls to mind other poetic dystopias: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy and The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. I'll listen to it again. This is a book that haunts.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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