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Jennifer Weiss


california, usa | Member Since 2004


  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Daniel Tammet
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) None of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Until now.

    J. Cline says: "Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes"

    This book had its interesting moments, but unless you're inordinately fascinated by numbers I would give it a pass. It gives a little insight into an autistic mind, but so does the aforementioned movie, as well as Temple Grandin's (more interesting) book, Animals in Translation.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "narrator leaves somehing to be desired"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I think you'd do better to read it yourself, or wait till a better narrator does it.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is fantastic.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was lacking because the actor misreads words and names, but mainly because he only does old men voices well. Of all the books I've listened to, this is the only time I've ever really disliked a performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Read it now!"

    This is really a very fun and informative book, largely because Barbara Kingsolver is such a good writer. I believe everyone should read this and start thinking seriously about our food and how what we eat affects the rest of our world. I'm getting the Omnivore's Dilemma next....

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "See the film"

    I found this to be kinda boring, and I'm a big fan of Jon Krakauer. Maybe because it's all speculation about what Alex is thinking, and is finally a sad story with little depth. He was just a misguided kid, that's all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"

    A great book-definitely recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "distracting narration, good story"

    I recently discovered Michael Connelly and think his plots are tight and his pacing excellent. What I didn't like in this audiobook was the narration, which was just "off" to my ear. The story is set in the L.A. area and most of the characters have an Eastern accent, not to mention the mispronunciation of Spanish names, which drove me crazy! Other than that, I thought the book was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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