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Nancy

San Diego, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (378)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I could not make it past the first four chapters. I found it dull and uninteresting. Too many names of discoverers...who cares? Not the sort of story I would lisen to.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (229)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "All over the place"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 12.21?

    Too many characters I couldn't keep track of them. The story is very weak.


    What could Dustin Thomason have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reduce the number of characters and make them more human. Nobody can survive on a few hours of sleep for weeks.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Narration was okay, but inflection and tone were lacking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed that I could not get invested in the main characters. Who cares about the backstory and ancient history of Guatamala/Maya if it doesn't relate to the current situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I only got less than halfway through the book before I abandoned it. It just wasn't interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alibi Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The Palm Beach elite go to great lengths to protect their own - and their own no longer includes Elena Estes. Once upon a time a child of wealth and privilege, Elena turned her back on that life and chose the life of an undercover cop, with the hunt for justice her personal passion. Then a tragic, haunting mistake ended her career. Now Elena exists on the fringes of her old life. But a shocking event is about to draw her back into the painful vortex she's fought so hard to leave behind.

    Sandra L. Personette says: "Ruined by Narrator"
    "Annoying"
    Overall

    I got so annoyed at the narrator that I only got halfway through the book and decided I couldn't listen anymore. This narrator comes off as a grouchy, disgusted woman who never once had a positive expeience in her life. Her lovelife is in the toilet and I can see why. I think this story could have been great with another narrator. I'll never know.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls He Adored

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Nasaw
    • Narrated By Lee Sellars
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A sexually-charged thriller of extraordinary originality, The Girls He Adored moves furiously from the inner recesses of the psyche to a startling climax. Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays two equally intense characters - a deviant killer and the expert who can unlock his darkest secrets - and introduces one of the most likeable sleuths in recent fiction.

    Lita says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Gripping"
    Overall

    A book you can't put down. Once you start you can't wait to find out what happens. Looking forward to more by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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