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Caitlyn

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (531)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "A worthwhile listen"
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    Hominids fell short a star for me only because the sci-fi elements were overly detailed in some aspects, but lacking in others. It was also a little funny to me that the people who first encountered the Neanderthal came up with the parallel universe theory so quickly.
    However, once you get over the leaps and lulls in the technical aspects of the story, Sawyer presents a perfect opportunity for his characters to juxtapose our society with his fictional Neanderthal society. Many ideas about gender and justice are presented in this book that I found very thought provoking.
    Overall, this book was a fast, easy listen. I’d highly recommend it as an enlightening read.
    A word of warning: There’s a rape scene in the beginning of the book. Much to the chagrin of my American Airlines neighbor, I scowled & white-knuckled my drop-down tray for a full 10 minutes. Now that you know, you might want to reserve that part for home listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1032)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Dj, drop the beat"
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    I loved the story. Interesting social commentary. A bit more sci-fi than I expected, but the 'magical' aspects didn't take away from the main points.
    The downer: The music plays OVER the narrator in several spots. This is very annoying, but it's not anything that made me regret buying it.
    Overall: a worthy listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (782)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Eh...."
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    The stories were very entertaining, but the book isn't well written. She recycles punch lines and tongue-in-cheek descriptors way too often for such a short book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gaggle: How the Guys You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jessica Massa
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Gaggle captures the zeitgeist of today's "post-dating" world, where the rules for sex, dating, and relationships have completely changed. You know you're great, so why haven't you been on a classic dinner-and-a-movie date since... well, forever? Because, as it turns out, you are now living in a post-dating world, where the old rules for sex and relationships no longer apply.

    Caitlyn says: "Definitely for the under 30 crowd"
    "Definitely for the under 30 crowd"
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    This book provided an interesting perspective on the modern dynamic of male-female relationships... but... its all about not taking any relationship too seriously while you get a better handle on who you are and what you need. Sage advice for younger people who are still in that phase, but as a 30yr old woman, this book promotes a lifestyle that no longer appeals to me.
    To expand on that: It's about taking an A La Carte approach to meeting your relationship needs by acquiring lots of guy friends. Nothing wrong with that when you're young, but it just sounds exhausting to me now :P
    It was an interesting read & if I knew a college bound girl who was planning to scour her campus for a husband, this book offers lots of advice for scaling that mentality back a notch (or 5).
    However, if you're past the major self discovery phase and are really looking for a good man to partner up with, this book is not for you. For example, the Accessory is a smart, fun guy you take as a "plus 1" to social/work events. This is 1.) unnecessary for a woman comfortable with who she is and 2.) going to scare off a guy that might approach you because he will think you're not available.
    The Hot Sex Prospect is fun for a very short while, but no one is above developing a false sense of intimacy over time that will impact your emotional availability to other romantic prospects.
    The bits about non-dates and techno-romance are spot on. I also agree with the author that modern women shouldn't concern themselves with out-dated dating standards or old-timey gimmicks.
    The guys gaggle holds true as well and offers helpful advice on figuring out where you factor into a guys life.
    Overall, it was worth the credit and was an easy, entertaining listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why You're Not Married... Yet: The Straight Talk You Need to Get the Relationship You Deserve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tracy McMillan
    • Narrated By Tracy McMillan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    If you're looking to get married and you're not, there's most likely a very good reason: you. Not that you're a bad person - you're certainly not! It's just that you haven't yet become the woman you need to be in order to have the partnership you want. So how can you grow into someone who is ready to say "I do" and to attract the same in a mate? You start with this book. Based on her wildly popular Huffington Post article, Why You're Not Married . . . Yet dishes out straightforward, no-holds-barred advice for women.

    cathy says: "Liked it, but...."
    "Stuff I needed to hear"
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    Tracy made a lot of good points in the chapters that pertained to me. None of it was earth shattering, but it's all the stuff you suspect might be true when you buy this book. To hear someone else say it is the push I needed to enact change. I found her advice for change very helpful as well.
    It was very funny to me that Tracy was right about the title to the last chapter being a huge turn-off, but I gave it a listen & I recommend you do the same. Some of the best advice in the book is in that chapter - and not just for me, I've relayed the advice to many of my girlfriends as well.
    If you're reading reviews to determine whether or not to get this book - get it. There's something in it for every single girl... and the chapters that don't pertain to you, will remind you that you don't need as much work as you may have feared ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26705)
    Performance
    (13341)
    Story
    (13386)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Uplifting, thought provoking listen"
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    I Loved it!! I laughed out loud in the grocery store... I nearly cried on an elliptical trainer... I had goose bumps through the entire last chapter... I absolutely loved every minute of it :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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