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Debbie

Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alexandra Levitt
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug-resistant microbes.

    Carolyn says: "Not the top of the class..."
    "Do Not Judge this Book too Early!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Do not be off-put by the acronym-laden sentences especially in the intro and first chapter. After experiencing the whole book, I can build a case for the "case study" chosen for chapter one. However, it builds slowly, failing to provide a true sense of the book. Be patient! So worth it! Every chapter is a true short story as adrenaline-pumping as the best (well-researched) medical thrillers. It is not necessary to read the chapters in order. Ultimately, this truly impressive book provides an excellent tutorial into microbiology & epidemiological research work. And is primarily shared in "page-turning" drama. Highly recommend! I immediately searched for another book by this author. I hope one is produced soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (361)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "Skip This One"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.


    Would you recommend Close Your Eyes to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, unless I was looking to find new friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were scenes?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I hope not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide.

    Pam Sturgess says: "I'm an IDIOT! Don't YOU be an idiot. Skip this one"
    "Half the Story - Twice the Length"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Oath to be better than the print version?

    I do not know.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Boring.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Lawrence’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure but I liked him.


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

    Yes but in half the time. It had a decent idea, characters are good but just went on-and-on without any accretive contributions. Would have been twice as pleased if it had been half as long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sight Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (54)

    A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident - until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister. Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's unusual skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Kyle as they investigate a conspiracy so explosive that someone will kill again and again to protect it.

    A says: "The extraordinary Kendra Michaels"
    "Much More than I Envisioned"
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    Where does Sight Unseen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the fiction genre it ranks fairly high. Not spellbinding but I was eager to get back to it! Will read more titles by authors— This was the first one for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sight Unseen?

    I am not sure there was one single memorable moment. The dynamics of the flow were strong. The main character makes the book good throughout all of the moments. Kendra.


    What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she does a very good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose the most pertinent comment I could make is that I have just ordered another book in the series. I'm reading them backwards which was not per plan. But I enjoyed this book enough to want to read another by the authors and about and featuring these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Increase Mental Focus: 7 Top Ways to Find Your Focus Zone and Do What Matters Most: Achieving Success Through Mental Focus

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Jason Scotts
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    How To Increase Mental Focus: 7 Top Ways To Find Your Focus Zone Do What Matters Most is a text that can help the reader to find out what their problems are as they pertain to concentrating on a specific task and how to become more proficient at it Every individual has been in the situation where they have become distracted from the main task at hand It may be a slight sound that they heard but it tends to throw them off of what they are focused on.

    Debbie says: "Not worth $3"
    "Not worth $3"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although the total listening time was some approximate 45 minutes, it was absolutely not worth the time. And my time is worth more than three dollars for 45 minutes. I am a fan of being reminded of things that seem obvious but that somehow we have managed to forget in life. The tips mentioned in this book are so far beneath that level that I am somewhat at a loss for words.


    What could Jason Scotts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am not sure he could have done anything to make the book more enjoyable because if he thinks this book was worth anything I doubt I would ever enjoy another choice he made for authorship.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no scenes.


    Do you think How to Increase Mental Focus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no!


    Any additional comments?

    No that's my 45 seconds worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Johnson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way - an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease.

    Digital Dilema says: "A quick read - hard to put down"
    "Read it Before You Treat It"
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    What did you love best about The Cancer Chronicles?

    The honesty, the challenge of the status quo with its treatment "musts" (myths), the science, the outting of euphemisms and nearly complete lack of progress towards understanding or treating cancer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    More than scenes it is the author's inner journey. And it is all wonderfully presented. Compelling. Uniquely informative while sharing a riveting story. The early morning plane flight made me laugh - in that "it is so idiotic" way. Yet what stands out is the whole of this worthwhile book.


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

    Yes and I am going to read it again to concentrate a bit more on some of the scientific aspects.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book on a horrible topic. Highly recommend to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis or about to journey with a loved one who is. Further, read it before treatment. Push down the panic the doctors will encourage to rush to treatment. Read and educate first. There is time. One cannot undo treatments - many of which cause more harm. First do no harm — read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (167)

    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "When Will the BOOK End?"
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    Would you try another book from David B. Agus and/or Holter Graham?

    Narrator great. If I thought the author had evolved in this art? Maybe in the future just like everything he shares in this book.
    "Perhaps in the Future"


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Not easy; not too hard just rather pointless.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is very good.


    Was The End of Illness worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Redundant and all predictive, not practical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel Pink
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Just as we were getting used to the Information Age, Daniel Pink tells us that it is ending. With it goes our focus on charts, statistics, and linear thinking. Traditional "left-brain" activities, like logic, analysis, and repetitive production, are being turned over to robots, computers, and offshore labor. The valued skills of the 21st Century will be those of the right brain: empathy, design, synthesis, and contextual thinking.

    Joao Coelho says: "A good reminder of the book"
    "Dated"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Pink and/or Daniel Pink?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Pink’s story?

    Lacks depth. Is not reflecting current scientific workings of left brain/right brain.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Pink – was your favorite?

    He is a good speaker but comes across with confidence that is very close to arrogance. In Q&A he has bad speaking habits. Annoyingly, repeating "okay?" As he drones on without taking a breath.


    Was A Whole New Mind (Live) worth the listening time?

    It was okay while drinking morning coffee, folding laundry... But even then started to seem too long, going nowhere fast.


    Any additional comments?

    My lack of praise may be largely due to the dated material. However, I have no desire to listen to a newer book by this author. And begs the question, why release this lecture so long after the book it was modeled upon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By S.J. Scott
    • Narrated By Greg Zarcone
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Discover: How to add dozens of positive changes to your daily routine. Want to improve your life, but don't have enough time? Right now you could easily think of a dozen ways to instantly improve your life. Odds are, these ideas will only take a few minutes apiece to complete. The problem? You might feel like there's not enough time to do all of them. One solution can be found using the power of "habit stacking."

    Debbie says: "The Title is the Book"
    "The Title is the Book"
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    What did you like best about Habit Stacking? What did you like least?

    The point. The examples were tedious and trite. The idea of combining actions that are of a short duration, into clumps or groups develops a mini routine. Routines are beneficial. One example he uses I do. The first thing I do is make the bed. Now I see it would be easy to add on another five minute task to be performed immediately after it. When that becomes mindless, add another one. Maybe as many as five. But at least three. For that particular grouping. That is habit stacking. That is a good idea. It would be a painless way to develop more routines and habits beneficial to clearing my head and time management. Nothing about the book goes on to make any other point. So really one just needs to think about the title. What habit-stacking could possibly be.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was also somewhat tedious. Not the most pleasing voice ever.


    Did Habit Stacking inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I am going to floss and brush my teeth before I have coffee. Immediately after I make the bed. I am going to empty the dishwasher while the coffee is being made. Now I have stacked two more habits onto the existing routine I established of immediately making my bed. None of his other examples were beneficial to me. But the idea is. And I can create other habits stacks.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was worth the few dollars it cost to buy the book and I listened to a little bit more than half of it. And I don't regret it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4211)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3737)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Disappointing Gladwell Read - Droning On"
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Gladwell title


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (597)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Much-enjoyed!"
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    If you could sum up The Art Forger in three words, what would they be?

    03 words: I wish the painting have been there Vermeer. The plot draws upon an intriguing story in real art history. The characters are very well done. It's not overly thrilling, overly scary… It's just not over the top. However it was eminently listenable. And my immediate reaction upon concluding the book was to see if the author had another available on audible.com.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me going in no small part due to the characters and their relationships. Yet this is an easy book to have going on while doing other things around the house.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    The main character. I think the narrator did a poor job with male voices and it took some real getting used to. Plus all the male voices were the same to my ear.


    Any additional comments?

    In many ways this book was just exactly what I wanted and needed. I wish I had more of them. Not too heavy. Not too twisty. Not too dark. Yet grounded and not out floating around somewhere in the universe of lost threads. I like the insight into the main character and thought that was very well written. That character was humanized. Artist or not, it could've been so many of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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