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Traci

VERNON, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 109 titles in library
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  • Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Deborah Marlowe
    Overall
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    Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism - because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

    A User says: "Interesting look Inside Autism"
    "What you SHOULD know about autism"
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    When I started this audiobook, I didn't have very much knowledge about autism. This book gave me a clear idea of what it's like to have autism and debunks common misconceptions about it. She also relates her experience to that of people without autism. If you're trying to gain a greater understanding of this topic, I highly recommend this audiobook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (245)
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    (248)

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    Traci says: "So much to think about!"
    "So much to think about!"
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    "The Violinists Thumb" was awesome. I ended up having to take notes because it was so thought provoking. This book isn't a light read. If you have no foundation of dna and genes this might not be a great first. The narrator was tolerable and well suited for this type of book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (293)
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    (194)
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    Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

    Darwin8u says: "Parts I loved, Parts I hated but Playfully Kinetic"
    "It was hard to move onto another book after this!"
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    I loved this book. I could relate to his inner monologue and found myself laughing many times throughout the book. I read a few negative reviews and I can see how one might take issue with the following aspects: the narrator, focus on death, and as one reviewer called it, "breathless, non-stop chatter." First, I can understand how one might dislike Dion Graham, he is certainly over the top at times. Personally, I like his narration in this book, I thought he suited the material. In reference to the focus on death, it's completely relevant to the story line. Finally, the "non-stop chatter" could get annoying if you're not into that style. Personally, I tend to have the same attention deficit disorder type thought process so it worked for me. I thought it was well written and engaging, I highly recommend this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maureen McCormick
    • Narrated By Maureen McCormick
    Overall
    (104)
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    (40)
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    Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all. But what viewers didn't know about the always sunny, perfect Marcia was that off-screen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick was living a very different - and not-so-wonderful - life. Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen and the woman she became.

    Alycia says: "Very engaging!"
    "Find it unabridged."
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    Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (377)
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    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Insightful yet lacking"
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    This book delves into the world of hoarding. It portrays a clear picture of hoarders and their thought processes but stops short of finding resolve for such an issue. The narrator was well spoken but really whiny at times. I definitely found this interesting but I was hoping for a little bit more.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (3454)
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Overrated"
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    I thought I would like this book since I consider myself an introvert but it left much to be desired. Although I felt like many of her points were accurate, she also made gross generalizations about extroverts and introverts. These types of comparisons are too black and white to be able to apply to real people.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
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    (805)
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    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "A tad too much rambling for my taste"
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    Although the stories were unique and interesting, I found this audiobook tedious. On many occasions I was left thinking, "Get to the point already." I would have been a little happier with it had he gone a more scientific route when sharing the stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (161)
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    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "With an open mind and a love for animals..."
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    This audiobook was extremely interesting. I've always been a person who believed in animal intelligence so it was a good choice for me. There are a lot of references to autism and how it relates to animals, so if this a difficult concept for you to understand, this may not be a great choice. Also, I listened to, "Thinking in Pictures, " so I found that some of the information overlapped and became repetitive. Otherwise, I feel as though I walked away knowing a ton of information about animal behavior that I didn't previously know. I also found that some of the examples used were somewhat comical. Finally, the narrator, Shelly Frasier was well spoken and easy for me to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
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    (1642)
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    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Great info for active and inactive people alike"
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    This book was an interesting scientific look into the mental and (some) physical benefits of exercise. From the point of view of an active person, this book provided me with new information and elaborated on many things I already knew. Dr. John Ratey gives logical encouraging words throughout the book without turning the book into something written by a motivational speaker. The narrator was well spoken and didn't have anything annoying about his voice. (Which as you know, can easily ruin a good book) Altogether, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in fitness or someone who may need a little scientific reasoning and encouragement to get moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare, Paul Barbiak
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not. Psychopaths may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.

    Cynthia says: "What if there’s a Psychopath in the Next Cubicle?"
    "Could have been done better."
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    I chose this book because I enjoyed Robert D. Hare's "Without Conscience." I thought that it may have expanded on his previous book, but it failed to go far beyond what I had already learned. It was extremely repetitive and became monotonous after a while. The anecdotal stories could have made it more interesting, had he gotten to the point before the end of the book. Because of this, the conclusion was flimsy and made it feel like the book was halted to an end. If you haven't read any other books about psychopaths this book may be more enjoyable to you. The narrator was well spoken, however, the different voices he used to create better dialogue ended up being somewhat hokey. His raspy voice ended up sounding like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. I wouldn't recommend this book, there are plenty of better books out there on this topic.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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