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Elizabeth

Kelowna, BC, Canada

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  • Medic: Saving Lives from Dunkirk to Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Nichol, Eleo Gordon, Tony Rennell
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Doctors, nurses, medics and stretcher-bearers must venture wherever someone is injured and the cry for assistance goes up. Their job is to put themselves in the heart of danger – to risk their own lives as they try to save the dying. War at its rawest is their domain, an ugly place of shattered bodies, severed limbs and death. They fulfil society’s vital pledge to its warriors that they will not be abandoned on the battlefield. Yet, more often than not, what they do goes unnoticed – except by those who survive because of their extraordinary courage and skill.

    Brenda says: "Great Read!"
    "Good for historians and medics alike"
    Overall

    I enjoy military history and in that regard this book is excellent.
    I'm also interested in medicine, especially pre-hospital care, and again this book excels.
    If you're interested in the history of military medicine this book is going to be right up your alley!

    I had a hard time getting out of my car because I just wanted to keep listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5417)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3147)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Another excellent addition to the Wheel of time series!!!
    Can't wait for the next book to come out!
    I never thought he/they would be able to tie up all the loose ends but it's looking good for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Galadriel says: "Love this author"
    "Another hit!"
    Overall

    Tom Rob Smith is an excellent author and Dennis Boutsikaris does a fabulous job narrating.
    This is an amazing sequel because it acknowledges that people don't just "live happily ever after" as so many fabulous books would have you believe.

    Definetly recommend that you read Child 44 before reading this book, as Child 44 is the first book and explains the characters and their motivations very well.

    Awesome read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

    Alexandre says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Pseudoscience junk"
    Overall

    This is not a real science book at all.

    I've listened to the first hour and so far he has:

    *equated Newtonian physics with materialism (I'm sure Newton would have been surprised);
    *referred multiple times to the theory that genes determine development as a "belief system", and
    *set up a straw man by conflating this with the view that one's whole life is determined at conception,
    *cited the fact that stem cells develop differently depending on the conditions around them as evidence against it,
    *claimed without justification that a prediction of this theory is that organisms with more complex (to human eyes) phenotypes should have physically larger genomes, which of course is not what is observed because it isn't true;

    *suggested that the human genome (a word he pronounces incorrectly) project was done solely for the profits of venture capitalists, which I can only assume is an attempt to smear by association the whole of genetics and materialism, perhaps so that later he can say "but my brilliant revolutionary theories are ignored by the orthodoxy because they are in the pockets of...";

    and he hasn't even started to outline his main thesis yet!

    I don't intend to listen to the other 7 hours.

    29 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (887)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Excellent Read/Listen!"
    Overall

    Excellent Read/Listen.

    I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
    No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (289)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Fascinating book!
    It is really incredible to learn about how a stroke affects the mind and body from the mind and voice of the woman affected. As someone studying medicine professionally (and for fun!) this book is excellent.
    Jill Bolte Taylor does an excellent job narrating, you can hear her enthusiasm for the field of neuro-science even when it's her own brain affected!
    If you are interested in learning about strokes, how they affect the patient, how they impact the family's life, this is the book for you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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