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Marcia A. Greer

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  • Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. E. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bernadette Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).

    Paulette Suddarth says: "Baloney"
    "You'll be on your guard from P.1; Arias EXPLAINED"
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    Would you listen to Confessions of a Sociopath again? Why?

    No. I listened well the first time. Unless I can convince the three 20-twentysomething sons to listen if I listened with them.


    What other book might you compare Confessions of a Sociopath to and why?

    Absolutely no other than I can think of, except maybe Bloodletters and Bad Men; the characters, not the presentation style.


    What about Bernadette Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Bernadette totally deadpanned the entire performance. She came across as the emotion-starved, bored personality she was emulating. BRAVO!!!!! Bernadette. I didn't like you either! (I kept thinking to myself, is the AUTHOR reading this?) I've since separated the two of you. Whew. Got sucked in there!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I did it in about 4 sittings, I do electronic circuit board work. Perfect for listening to Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    Mothers: Make your children read or listen to this book. Mandatory reading. Get past the inconsistencies (we are talking a sociopath here, remember! Jodi Arias: Explained!) and gather the information offered about spotting these functional (and especially the nonfunctional) sociopaths. The antennae can only go up if they've been programmed. Education of our children is the best defense.

    The author said it best: Mormon boys are especially easy to fool.

    Just ask Travis Alexander.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

    Mark says: "Slow to start but great second half"
    "Always a classic"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found myself not liking the Miriam character because of the voice given her by the reader. I kept picturing the words on a page and seeing if that would've been the tone I assigned her. It wasn't. And yet I cheered for her throughout notwithstanding the harsh correction of Edward when he threatened to bite. But I suppose that technique was popular in the decade this book was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (753)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "The Whole Story"
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    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome human story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    The rescue of Colette


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The forgiveness shown Valjean by the Bishop over the candlesticks theft


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the dulcet tones of George Guidall convey Les Miserables made this audio book stellar. His perfect language skills; his emotion; his incredible character-capturing tones. . . they all lend the most compelling ambiance to this book. And to hear the entire story is something no one should miss. Tho' the screenwriters did a perfect job of condensing the basic story to the movie, to know all the background and the human story Hugo was telling is what makes Les Miserables a book for all. Besides, you get a pretty good history of Napoleonic wars. I would've had a hard time READING those parts, Guidall made it a joy. I listen while I do through-hole soldering (my job), and it made work something I couldn't wait to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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