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Colleen

Boston, MA | Member Since 2001

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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1432)
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    (1432)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Fun & funny - but if you're a prude - don't listen"
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    Penn Jillette is a devout atheist. He's a bit obnoxious, very pragmatic, extremely open and sometimes quite explicit. So if you're a prude - just don't buy the book!

    I really enjoyed this book. Penn Jillette's narration really made it a wonderful listening experience. He tells a lot of funny stories and opens up about his own version of morality and God (or lack thereof). I find his honesty to be very refeshing. You can tell that underneath his bravado - he is a kind and caring family man. This was a fun listen.

    Not all of his stories are crazy. He opens up about loved ones and tells some very sweet and sensitive personal stories too.

    I'm not sure that he'll create many new atheists with this book. But if you are looking for a laugh and a little insight into the speaking half of P&T - buy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (263)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "Good story - not impressed with the new narrator"
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    I've been a big fan of the Wallander series and thoroughly enjoyed Dick Hill's narration. Mankell has written a wonderful book - again. However, my comments on this audio book are mainly regarding the narration. Robin Sachs may have a better grasp on Swedish pronunciation than Hill but his narration was soooo sloooow that I had to put my I-pod on 2x speed to listen without losing my mind. This may really be the last of Wallander. I wish the publishers had been consistent and kept Dick Hill on for this one. Robin Sachs' reading sort of ruined the end of this series for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2328)
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    (576)
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    (589)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "My Favorite Audiobook - laugh and learn..."
    Overall

    Bryson's writing is wonderful and his narration is superb. He has a fantastic, witty and dry sense of humor that is sure to please almost any reader. I purchased this audiobook back in 2001 and have probably listened to it once a year since then. I still find myself laughing out loud every time I listen even though I know the entire story. I have now read or listened to all of his travel books. Each one is very entertaining but this (my first encounter with Bryson) will always remain my favorite.

    Bryson manages to mix a wonderul adventure tale with some great little history, ecology and geography lessons. If you are looking for a good light hearted comic adventure, I would highly recommend this book.

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