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Natalie

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  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (428)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "Interesting, but biased"
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    This book is worth listening to for the historical facts that it offers, as well as for its comprehensiveness. Durant touches on a good number of important philosophers since ancient Greece, and does so with great depth. However, it's important to take into consideration that this is not a new book, and that it depends on the scholarship of its time. Certain readings of later philosophers seem outdated, e.g. the understanding of Nietzsche's will to power and his superman, who, despite appearing only early in _Zarathustra_ and then being discarded, is given a lot of significance. As long as one is aware that the author is presenting only his understanding of the philosophers and that his take does not represent the absolute truth, this is a decent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (1747)
    Story
    (1737)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A Meditation on Time and Loss"
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    I listened to Duma Key right after King's new novel, Mr. Mercedes. Having read DK twice before, I was particularly struck by its beauty this time, probably because of the comparison with the other book. I was not a huge fan of the latter; even though it was a decent story, something seemed to be missing. The comparison with DK reminded me of what that something was: depth. Mercedes has all the right screws and bolts, but in the end, it remained cold and programmatic for me. Characters that could have been brilliant lacked profundity, so that I found I couldn't care about them, even though I tried.
    DK, in contrast, is bittersweet and painful, a story about the things we lose and those we gain, and how the costs of both balance in the end. It is a novel about art (although not about writing, at least not superficially), but even more than that, it is a book about time and the fragility of the past. The supernatural elements almost distract from these aspects, although not horribly so, at least not until the end. By then, however, the King has painted a picture you cannot let go off, whatever the cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (3883)
    Story
    (3897)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    While I usually greatly enjoy King, this one just fell flat for me. The narration was extremely good, enhancing some unique and interesting characters. Unfortunately, those characters that captivated me barely balanced out the utterly stereotypical main characters - suicidal retired cop and serial killer suffering from an oedipal complex? Come on! Add to that a boring, predictable story and you have a "meh" listen. I can't believe it, but I actually regret buying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (639)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Great book, not so great recording"
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    Stephen King is one of those authors who make more than decent readers for their own books, and my quarrel lies not with his rather good performance. No, it is the quality of the recording that bothered me throughout. It sounds like the audio file was made by copying the original cassette tapes, without adjusting or polishing up the sound. King's voice seems to come from far away and the 1990's sound effects distract from the story and make it seem dated. Too frequent and distracting bits of late 80s music interrupt the flow of the narrative. Very disappointing, because the book remains a solid read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2542)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Better than The Passage"
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    I almost didn't finish The Passage, as I was torn out of the narrative after the big event in the middle of the book (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet!). In The Twelve, Cronin does a nice job of elaborating on aspects and characters from the previous novel, and spinning a narrative that keeps the reader engrossed for almost the entire length of this very, very long book. Overall, it feels more coherent and concentrated than the previous novel, with more profound character development. The narrator is excellent once more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (5461)
    Performance
    (3785)
    Story
    (3803)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "If Spike and Buffy were a tad more explicit and..."
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    a lot more boring, this is what you would get.
    Mind you, I didn't get this book looking for any sort of profound literary experience. I got this book to help me over the fact that this summer we have decided to cancel cable, and that I would not get to watch the current season of TrueBlood on HBO. So I was hoping for a suspenseful story with Vampires, a good dose of humor and some steamy sex scenes. There are indeed Vampires, sex and even some humor in this book, but the suspense is sorely missing. The plot is achingly predictable, which I could bear, but the narrator's representation of Bones (seriously, "Bones"? Really? Hmm... lets take Buffy's Spike and name him after David Boreanaz' new show, why don't we? Oh, look, a brand new character...) is awful. He sounds like a prissy older British woman. So not sexy. Ugh. Will be returning this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Women in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Lawrence explores love, sex, passion, and marriage through the eyes of two sisters. Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen are the two intelligent, incisive, and observant sisters whose temperamental differences spark an ongoing debate regarding their society and their inner lives. The two very different sisters pursue thrilling, torrid affairs, but their search for more mature emotional relationships reveals some startling information about themselves as well as their lovers, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich.

    V. T. Carson says: "Facinating unsettling view male and female"
    "Great book, well read"
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    I know that Lawrence is a contested author, but personally, I think that he has undeservedly lost his place among the great modernists. Yes, he can be somewhat too serious at times, and needs to be read with an open mind, but if you choose to give him a chance, you are in for a treat - a dark, pessimistic treat. Benjamin does a wonderful job reading. This is the British version of the novel, so it has a few of the alternations that Lawrence's publisher demanded, if that matters to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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