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Vancouver, WA, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Andrew says: "Insightful study of human behavior"
    "Buying the paper version, the reader is terrible."

    First off, I am sorely disappointed in some of the reviewers for failing to see beyond context. It's not about taking a side in politics, but about pulling out psychological phenomenon REGARDLESS of who ends up looking bad. Such is science. Science doesn't care about your politics it only cares about the truth. Clinton's foibles are brought in to play right alongside Bush's...again, science doesn't care about politics or making waves by uncovering things people would rather not deal with, it only cares about truth.

    Cognitive Dissonance could probably be named as the driving force of humanity. And the driving force of the politically heated bad reviews.

    As for this almost put me to sleep. The reader is absolutely terrible. She sounds like an automated computer. Sentences are run together such that you don't even feel the periods, paragraphs are in a monotone. It's not her voice that is unpleasant, it's the way she reads it. The paper version is engaging, this audiobook is not. You could have a better reader by letting your Kindle voice the words...ugh.

    Save your money and make a note NOT to buy this or any other books read by Marsha Mercant.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Demji says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "Horrible Reader. Abridged is terrible."

    I LOVE Evanovich and Stephanie Plum, however, this book was butchered by a terrible reader and terrible editing. ABRIDGED IS ONLY HALF THE BOOK. Save your money until they offer the unabridged version, hopefully read by Lorelei King. King is a great reader for these books...and they are great books when the complete version is delivered...just not this one. When you buy a fiction audiobook you're paying for a performance....and Mazar is not a good voice or reader. Takes more than a Jersey accent to do these books justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Derivative, yet entertaining."

    A good story. As Stephen King would say....we read (and write) this stuff because we miss Bilbo, Frodo, and the journey of The One Ring. Certainly less LotR than Brooks ever managed...and even so, Brooks wrote a good story.

    Good readers, they perform well. As perspectives shift, so do the readers. A running motif is the split between male/female, so the female perspective has Reading narrating their side(s) of things, and Kramer narrating the male side(s) of things. The author is a bit adverb happy in his writing style, but it works all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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