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kieu

Canley Heights, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (845)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "So real, and so touching"
    Overall

    Most people would have tasted love at some point in time, yet I wonder how many were lucky enough to feel and remember it as well as it was in Jane Eyre. Amazingly written, and so is the reading (or the acting, I should say). This book, and its audio recording shall stand the test of time for many more years.

    Love the book and would recommend to all book lovers.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Papillon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henri Charriere
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana for a crime he did not commit, Henri Charriere became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped - until Papillon.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well Written Autobiography"
    "A must read, if human nature matters to you!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been a while for me since I last find a precious gem like this book. After reading a few good books from Blaisse Pascal, Alexandre Dumas, other stories become pale. I bought the book after some hearty recommendation, which I hope so much to be able to spread it further. Reading this book I realized that human drama when real would never fail to touch. The author has a rather simple style of telling things. On the other hand, he's observation must have been exceptional, making it possible for him to bring out tiny but psychologically penetrating details.
    More than once while listing to the book, I had to stop. The emotion it conveyed overwhelmed me. It forced me to slow down and ponder. I resume the listening once I get over it. Surely the life of Papillion must have been full of pain, physical and emotional kinds; even though his story is filled with love and kindness. There were fewer words on the suffering compared to the human experience Papillion wanted to share with the reader. His survival must have a lot to do with this nature in him. The civilized French society failed him in a brutal way, yet he had not failed in embracing the kindness in human nature.
    What more can be said about the power of a story, if it succeeds in making me feel this way given that I watched the movie and fully know the story upfront? Indeed, there's no recommendation that could do this book justice. Find it out for yourself!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About it

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marcia Angell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    In this explosive expose of the drug companies and how they are ripping us off, Marcia Angell, M.D., a doctor, medical journalist, and a former editor of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has moved away from its original purpose of finding and producing useful new drugs.

    Doug says: "Screed Against the Pharmaceutical Companies"
    "Good information that should be spread further!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Few stories in the book were known to me before my reading, yet its so much better to know the entire big picture and see all pieces of the puzzle put together.

    Currently the pharmaceutical industry and the economy as a whole has so many ailments, which should and can be cured. Each of us can help with the cure by sharing this knowledge. Some of the things mentioned in this book, is not just wrong, but outrageously wrong.

    The narrator is excellent. Its hard to be distracted from her. She knows best all the points to stress, or to lighten up!

    Definitely recommend!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1005)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Rating is not easy for true story"
    Overall

    I have difficulty in puting the rating. If I were to think of this work as a novel or a piece of art work then I would probably find it easier to rate. Those who are seeking for any element of literature or art will not find much in here. I also find the reader's voice hard for me to follow. Some time, it felt like the story loses cohenrence.
    However, I could not stop. There is some compelling thing I can't name made me going through. What ever this woman was telling was true. Despite knowing that it's true, and even feeling that it's true, it's still almost impossible to envision the suffering, the cruelty that this person went through.
    I could not help but cried, many times.
    Reading this book I realised every human being suffers, yet, there is no limit to the number of ways of suffering as well as the pain it brings. If one cares about the goodness of human being and wants to seek the meaning of life then perhaps this shall be a worthy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Sanjay Gupta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

    Jim M says: "Very interesting and insightful"
    "A scientific and spiritually uplifting work!"
    Overall

    This book gives an impressive blend of scientific view and spiritual view on what constitutes death. I often wonder myself if human body / mind could ever possibly be started, suspended and resumed, in same fashion we can do with computers and machines. It is such a pleasant surprise that I found this discussion right here in the book. While the discussion is evidence based, which would certainly satisfy science hungry minds, Dr. Gupta successfully brings out the human aspect of life and death. The book caused me to think deeply about the ethical and scientific right(s) and wrong(s) when someone is declared death. Many of the stories are powerfully touching, particularly for those who have experienced similar challenges in life. It is worth having a hard copy of this book as well.
    BTW, some people commented on the reading quality. On the contrary, I'd think if Dr Gupta were to be a teacher, those who could attend his lecture would be fortunate. Excellent reading, which keeps the audience engaged! The book is good, to the very end, with the interview conducted. I strongly recommend this book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louis Pasteur

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Albert Keim, Louis Lumet
    • Narrated By David Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A biography of the great French chemist and crystallographer, Louis Pasteur, who invented the pasteurization process, identified microbes as a cause of infectious disease, and developed the first vaccine against rabies.

    kieu says: "Classically written, yet very informative"
    "Classically written, yet very informative"
    Overall

    Beautifully read with clarity and motivation. For all those who enjoys exploring science history, this book is a must. Particularly interesting when it can relate many of the famous names in other fields, hence laying out a comprehensive view of science in particular and human history in broad sense.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Second to none amongst science books!"
    Overall

    Science has never been shown to me as interesting as it was in this book. Apart from all the scientific details, Stephan Hawking did a wonderful job to show the whole history of science since Aristotle until modern time. So much of the book must be read again, in slower pace so I thought I shall be looking for a hard copy as well. It's true that the reader dampened the quality of this as a whole. Yet, the content was so good that I was able to forget the performance aspect of the reader.
    Would recommend the book to all age and all vocations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    "This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

    Charles Gousha says: "A variable compilation"
    "A little unpolished but interesting!"
    Overall

    This is my first reading of Richard Feynman and hence, not surprising at all, it's very interesting. Nevertheless, I must say that the collection is not well arranged. There were repetitions between chapters. If we consider the book as an interview collection, it's certainly is worthy of 5-star ranking for the content. On the other hand, if we are searching for a literature item, there are many places in the book that require improved editing or re-arrangement. My most enjoyed chapter was Mr Feynman's talk about how science should be taught.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (205)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
    "How can this disprove creationism?"
    Overall

    The reader is excellent. The content ... May be it was very exciting during its time. The discussion had many good points, mainly about inheritance and co-adaptation as well as struggle for life. Nevertheless it makes some major errors in moving on to re-assert the negation of creation. It didn't explain, as it intended. One cannot say one has explained the existence of number "2" by saying that there was existence of number "1". The book failed in convincing that creationism is wrong. However, it was worthwhile reading for me.

    4 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    "The reading is as good as it can ever be!"
    Overall

    I don't think audio book reading could ever be better than this. For the art of acting, reading and expressing, I would give the book a five star. The story itself is truly joyful, witty, and the kind of humor it offers will remain in readers and listeners memory for long time. It's amazing how classical work can survive the test of time!
    I started the listening and could not stop till I reached the end. It felt sad when I had to part with the book, as all the good things have to end some how.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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