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Traci

VERNON, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 20 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (619)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (395)

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    Barbara says: "An interesting glimpse"
    "Interesting listen"
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    Many times I found myself not wanting to stop listening to this one. There are a series of shorter stories within this book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was an interesting look into what causes death and she approaches the subject in great detail. It is somewhat clinical but very accessible to someone outside the medical field. If you have a morbid curiosity this is a good choice. I was never bored throughout this listen. In previous reviews there was mention of her change in tone for men and women, which didn't bother me much. The narrators chipper tone actually made more of the gruesome parts less dark. I would sample the audio before just in case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Rath
    • Narrated By Tom Rath
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (260)

    In Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath delivers an audiobook that will improve your health for years to come. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleepfeatures the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick listen offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible.

    R. Townsend says: "Great Tips, Well Researched, but..."
    "There are better books on the subject"
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    Perhaps this book would have translated better in book form but I found this book redundant. Everything in this book could easily been summarized in an article. If you're completely unknowledgeable on the subject this may be a good choice to understand the basic principals of a healthy lifestyle, however some advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Much of his advice may be hard to implement without being obsessive and other times impossible. Also, I found the format irritating and thought it would have been better to designate three separate sections for, "eat, sleep, move," rather than each chapter parroting, "eat, sleep, move." By doing this, Tom Rath managed to fill an entire book with a lot of repetitive information. He also used a lot of his own personal experience, which in certain circumstances can be helpful, but I personally would have preferred purely scientific based information instead. If you know anything about current health topics, you won't learn much from this book. To avoid reading this book I wish it had been named, "Eat healthy whole foods, don't sit on your butt all day, and get a good nights sleep." A better choice would be "Spark," by John Ratey which is still accessible to someone new to the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (368)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Detailed account"
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    I like true crime books and found this was a good choice. Because the story is left open ended I was less satisfied by reading about this particular case. For the most part I found this book very interesting, however it lost steam towards the end. It gave detailed accounts of each murder and the mystery of the killer was intriguing. I would recommend this book if you want to learn about the zodiac killer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: Wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents - and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways.

    Kenn says: "Facinating and engaging"
    "Kept me engaged for its entirety"
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    I was a fan of "The violinist's thumb," by Sam Kean so I was happy he had another book I could listen to. This isn't a light "read" for it goes into details about the human brain that might otherwise get lost if you're not paying close attention at parts. Many of his stories kept me listening, (I commute long distances) sometimes while sitting in my driveway. If you have any interest in the subject, I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 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
    (301)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (257)

    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
    (297)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    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
    (106)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    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
  • 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
    (4135)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3541)

    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 15 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
    (992)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (826)

    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

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