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Marilyn

Cameron Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 184 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A Must Listen! Amazingly, the author wrote it without one cliché, and each adverb and adjective needs to be respectfully absorbed and assimilated. And JEREMY NORTHEM, best narrator yet! Beautiful English voice with perfect timing and inflection.

    I could listen to this book again and again...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1159)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Just okay"
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    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    Probably not


    What could Adrian McKinty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The narrative performance was delivered charmingly, however the book was a little too formula. Likewise, the climax took ions to reach.


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

    His lilting Irish voice brought realism to the set.


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

    Perhaps if Michael Fastbender played Sean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3431)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Intensely Researched!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    This book was fascinating, and a comfort to anyone who's an introvert. There are so many moments when I needed to either go home “early”, or just be alone to think, and the book clarified these feelings and removed all guilt for those “anti-social” behaviors. I loved it and feel a better person for it!


    What aspect of Kathe Mazur’s performance would you have changed?

    Perhaps in this instance, an extrovert reader would have made it even more enthralling ;-), but Mazur had a lovely voice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5724)
    Performance
    (3663)
    Story
    (3674)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Thumbs down"
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    What disappointed you about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    Made it more than two-thirds way through and the book still didn’t snatch my attention. I’m a canine lover, but I found all the doggy nuggets of wisdom slightly corny. I know I’m a minority, because I ordered The Art of Racing the Rain based on its reviews, and even though it may offer a touching finale, I’d rather use my precious audiobook time on more worthy selections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (669)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Not a Downer Book"
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    Where does The Last Lecture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was not a maudlin story about a dying man; rather it was an admirable, uplifting expose of Randy Pausch’s last few months on earth. Almost exclusively he dedicated his amusing commentary to recognizing what’s important in our lives… family, honor, and having a purpose for being. He definitely left an impact on me and I'll never forget him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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