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Janis Luft

SF Bay Area | Member Since 2004

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  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
    • Narrated By George Grizzard
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science, and the cause of justice.

    Aries says: "Promising but falls just shy of delivering"
    "Loving the dead"
    Overall

    My only regret about this listen is that it was an abridged version. I loved this account about the "birth" of forensic anthropology. Well told tale of an interesting life and the origins of the Body Farm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Children: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives.

    Diane says: "Suzanne Toren a makes a good book great"
    "This is a best seller?"
    Overall

    What a waste of my ears. I downloaded this book after reading glowing reviews of a work about post 9/11 life. It was an exercise in narcissism. The characters are self absorbed and though endlessly analyzing their own lives, have no real contact with the world outside of their egos. They go nowhere and do nothing, even as a collective tragedy occurs on their doorsteps.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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