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Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 153 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Great book!"

    This was actually a very interesting and well researched book & and was generally a lot of fun to listen to. The reader was fantastic, too. Her "smoky" voice was compelling, without being overly dramatic. Be prepared, though, for the stories of brutality that some (I hope not many) "scientists" (and I use the word loosely, at least with some of them as described here)brutalized (and still brutalize, I know) defenseless animals, in the name of "science". The people that I am describing truly, in my opinion, have cold hearts and no empathy for other living things. The book, as a whole, was top notch and very enlightening. The "experiments" are just part of the story, I guess.
    Overall, I highly endorse this audiobook.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Beth MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With Magic Terror Peter Straub, best selling author of The Talisman (with Stephen King), has written one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts.

    Plus, hear Peter Straub in a recent Fresh Air interview.

    Toivo says: "I call this pretty good"

    I am about three hours into this book and am giving up on it. The writing is terrible. The stories jump around, making no sense and leaving the listener confused. The writing is almost's as if the author is trying to convey a silent message to the listener, but even he doesn't know what it is. Don't waste a credit on this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Shane R Massey says: "What it's really about"
    "Very interesting with just one flaw"

    This is a very interesting listen. It offers fascinating statistics and sheds new light on "everyday" subjects, such as whether or not Sumo wrestlers cheat, the history of the Klan and the Klan's effect on the number of lynchings, etc. The only problem that I have with the book is that the author frequently talks in sweeping generalizations, and this takes away from his credibility.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hugh Hewitt
    • Narrated By Hugh Hewitt

    The term 'blog' is short for 'Web log', an online site with time-dated postings, maintained by one or more posters, that features links and commentary. That's the most basic definition, but it is like saying a car is a means of transportation featuring four wheels. In Blog, syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author Hugh Hewitt helps you catch up with and get ahead of this phenomenon.

    Manoj says: "A Deceivingly Titled Political Book"
    "Don't waste a credit on this book!"

    This is the worst audiobook I have ever purchased. The author's main goals seem to be 1) Patting himself on the back for his accomplishments and 2) Spewing right-wing, conservative rhetoric. There are a lot better audiobooks out there on this subject. Don't waste your time or a credit on this one.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Visits from the Drowned Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham

    Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.

    Clint says: "Interesting & worth a listen!"
    "Interesting & worth a listen!"

    I liked this book. While the protaganist (Benny) is weak minded, sadomasochistic and basically a loser, the story is somehow interesting. Benny can't face reality, is unfaithful to himself and all of those around him. Yet he is not an evil person...we all have bits and pieces of him in ourselves, I think. The story makes you look a little at yourself, and this is not a bad thing (unless you can't handle it). The speaker, by the way, is excellent. A recommended read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Great, fun story!"

    Absolutely outstanding. The story is imaginative and fun to listen to. The speaker is also excellent. I will, after hearing this story, use plenty of my future credits on more of Douglas Adam's stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "excellent book!"

    This was the first book I listened to since joining audible and I was definetely not disappointed. The reader, first of all, was excellent. More importantly, the information was really interesting. I will think AT LEAST twice before I ever order fast food again. Putting that aside, the details about slaughter house "goings on", feedlot operations and fast food origins are fascinating. Overall, I highly suggest listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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