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Elisa

I'll give everything a try

Hong Kong, Hong Kong | Member Since 2007

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  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "Unexpectingly Brilliant"
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    I have to say, this was not all what I was expecting. I thought that this book would be boring. However, the writers, both of them ad the narrator made the book a very enjoyable read. The facts are interesting and it was written in a way that I;m sure everyone would understand without any problem. The theories mentioned in this book is well supported and well explained. The various personal stories of the authors also goes a great way making the book enjoyable.

    The narrator does a fabulous job in reading too. He use an easy pace and a varying tone that helps to engage the reader.

    Try it, it may be better than you think.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2400)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1185)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "One of the Best Crime Retailing"
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    Really like how this guy writes especially how he uses montage. The suspense was made fantastically. Despite it being a long book, it doesn't make the reader want to drop it. For me, the best thing about this book is that it is clear that Capote spent lots of time researching which adds lots of depth to increase the quality of the retell of the crime.

    Scot was good, and he help bring life to the characters. It's a good read given you keep in mind that there is some bias, because Capote is related to Parry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (337)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "Read This for the Wisdom"
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    This was fantastic for the wisdom and all that is mentioned here is useful in all areas of life, not just in war. This is very important; read this with no expectations of it reading as a story or anything recabling narration. If you do, you will be really, really, really disappointed.

    Approach this as Chinese philosophy and a guide to success. It is a guide, which is why it reads like it. As long as you remember this, you will enjoy it well enough.

    Narraters are alright, although Scot could have slowed it down a bit especially because every word counts. Slowing it down would have provides for better digest. I'll have to reread it to ensure I didn't miss anything, but it's a worth while read as long as you remember that the format is no fault of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7607)
    Performance
    (3015)
    Story
    (3076)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Don't Bother"
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    i gave this a shot because everyone was raving about it. The truth is that I really feel bad spending my credit on this. It totally ruins vamp stories. I mean, who get vamps to sparkle? no vamp should be in day light. They die!

    Aside from this, the characters are horribly created. The characterization of one character shifts so much it's really unrealistic. The narrater isn't that good and along with the story line, I kept falling asleep. I skipped a whole middle part and it didn't make any difference. The only slightly cool thing were the werewolves.

    So yea, it's not worth the money. If you want vamp stuff, read Dracula or watch True Blood. ok, yea, sorry for the rant, but this was a bid disappointment. No office to those who liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Frederick Douglass
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was called both "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia" and is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.

    Mama C says: "Great Book!"
    "Heartbreaking But Brilliantly Written"
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    Douglass is a brillant writer, and I'm glad he was able to persist long enough to be able to write his memoir. Several things make this one of the best autobiographies I'd read:

    He is truthful and when he don't know something, he says so directly. Although he obviously survived and overcome many adversities, he doesn't make it appear as a boast and it is this that makes his purpose, to call the audience to feel the need to take action no matter how slight. His honesty of his own actions is one of his greatest asset.

    I really enjoyed this, and although what he had witnessed and gone through is heartbreaking, I also admire his courage of writing about the truth about slavery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (732)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "Not Bad"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready to Kill the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it's a Nathan McBride novel and because Dick Hill is the narrater.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a bad book, although I'd prefer more Nathan and Harv in it like the previous ones. I felt focusing on Viper weakened the story a bit, unless Peterson intends to use Viper again in the next book. Narrater was fantastic and the action and revelations are definitely drawing.

    If you like military stuff like I do, this does a very nice balancing job between this, action and a good storyline. This is less personal than the other three, but the last scenes are closer of the previous books, more personal and it's quite touching.

    But I'll still be sitting on the edge of my seat for the next one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marc Bekoff, Jessica Pierce
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Scientists have long counseled against interpreting animal behavior in terms of human emotions, warning that such anthropomorphizing limits our ability to understand animals as they really are. Yet what are we to make of a female gorilla in a German zoo who spent days mourning the death of her baby? Or a wild female elephant who cared for a younger one after she was injured by a rambunctious teenage male?

    Douglas says: "What Some Of Us Have Always Known..."
    "Beautiful and Strong"
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    If you could sum up Wild Justice in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking
    Strong
    Beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love animals and have been reading up on animal behavior whenever I can. The best thing about this book is that Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce does not force their ideas on the reader. Although i share their opinions from the get go, I appreciate how they allowed the case studies, the wolves, apes, mice and coyotes to speak for themselves. You can see from the writing that they genuinely care about the topic at head, instead of just trying to sell you a point. They are able to bring each case study to life, and through relating it back to what we know about humans, allow the reader to truly make connections. Above all, they allow you to decide for yourself if animals really do have morals. Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce portray the animals in a way that few other writers on the subject can; and because of this, is able to build a connection between the animals and reader, and constantly have the reader questioning their believes about the subject without making it feel oppressive.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (265)

    One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

    Steven says: "Great Performance of a classic!"
    "One of my Fav. Classics!!"
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    First up, this is a must read. If you are debating if you should read this, you don't need to debate longer. This is a brilliant one.

    Dickens is one of the best story tellers I've ever read. The characterization is fantastic, especially because it captures human nature so well. What happens when you sudden turn from a kid with nothing much to a gentleman? Well, I won't spoil the story for you. The first person narrative is especially effective for this one, because we constantly get what PPip is thinking and as he is misled as to the situation around him and the changing character of himself, so are we the reader. I loved the technique to. You get a character who you think is gone for ever and then what does Dickens do? He brings him back suddenly, and it turns out he is crucial to the story. Anyway, I will stop talking now, but seriously, this is a must read. Maybe you can learn something about yourself in the process too... like me. So sit back and enjoy it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Russell D. Roberts
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The Invisible Heart takes a provocative look at business, economics, and regulation through the eyes of Sam Gordon and Laura Silver, teachers at the exclusive Edwards School in Washington, D.C. Sam lives and breathes capitalism. He thinks that most government regulation is unnecessary or even harmful. He believes that success in business is a virtue. He believes that our humanity flourishes under economic freedom. Laura prefers Wordsworth to the Wall Street Journal.

    Elisa says: "Better than expected"
    "Better than expected"
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    This was a surprisingly good read. I picked it up because the title caught my eye. And although I didn't really have an interest in economics per see, I found myself enjoying this. It has lots of good arguments for and against the argument of a free market. The plot is great and I never thought I'd enjoy an economic book. I especially liked how the two stories meld together. The narrator is very good and I really liked how the book is not just about economics, it also teaches things that is applicable to life in general. Read it, it's better than you think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Lembke
    • Narrated By Katherine Dyer
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Framed by the author’s personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age present. En route, Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. She also investigates the birds’ contributions to science and their jaunty appearances in literature.

    david says: "Chicks ROCK!!"
    "Interesting but..."
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    What can I say? I started reading this hoping that it would be about evolution or selective breading, something along those lines anyways. I was expecting lots of references and evidences of how Chickens came to be. the narration is alright, though not captivating enough to make the book really worth it. As I read the book, i kept finding myself asking, that's it? Is that all the evidence the author had to offer? Granted, there were some interesting sections, especially when the author speaks of how humans use to view chickens and how it is used in literature, but I was also expecting some more science throughout. In the end, I didn't finish the book, because it seems to slip into narration as it draws to an end and there was still very little references to how chickens changed throughout the year.

    One good thing that came out from reading this book; I finally remember the order in which an organism is classified. Not highly recommended aside from that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Graham
    • Narrated By Lauren Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

    Dina says: "Missing Lorelei"
    "A Fun read"
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    I was doing one of my random selection of books to read when I bought this. I had no idea what to expect frankly, but this turned out to be quite a fun and light read. The plot and the story itself isn't that deep, but there are sever quite hilarious scenes. However, there w3re some times when I wasn't quite sure where one person finished speaking and the next began, though I think it's more due to the format of the book than the narrater. The narrator suits this read. She's funny and could capture the way the MC speaks and I thought her sound affects all adds to the listening experience.

    Should you read this? Well, if you are looking for a book to have a laugh and are purely wanting for some entertainment, then yes. It's a fun book to relax with, but lack any hardcore plot twists and developments like in the authors I usually like reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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