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Alexis

DALLAS, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harriet Ann Jacobs
    • Narrated By Jean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    One of the first personal narratives written by an ex-slave, this is also one of the few written by a woman. Harriet Jacobs (1813-97) was enslaved, along with her family, in North Carolina under a ruthless master who sexually harassed her. After several failed escape attempts, and several years of hiding, she finally made her way North to freedom, where she was eventually reunited with her children. The book was published in 1861.

    Beverly E. Van Citters says: "Incredible Journey"
    "A precious perspective"
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    What made the experience of listening to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself the most enjoyable?

    This first-person perspective had me using the dictionary feature on the Kindle several times. Very eloquent and honest. I'm glad this story was recorded so we can all enjoy it for decades to come.


    What about Jean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Barrett's narration brings the story to life in a way that makes you want to give Harriet Jacobs a hug afterward!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't pull myself away. I normally don't listen to Audible during the weekend, but this story didn't let me go!


    Any additional comments?

    Add this story to your list. Jacobs attitude isn't about racism, it's about how we can fight to make this world a better place for our children. She speaks of how different the people around her would be without "the demon of Slavery" rather than judge others. What an example.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (961)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Pleasant, unexpected surprise!"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Book Is Full of Spiders the most enjoyable?

    The story line was fresh, surprising, yet still based on the time honored topic of "monsters that go BUMP!". Each turn in the plot was exciting and enhanced the story seamlessly.


    What other book might you compare This Book Is Full of Spiders to and why?

    No, I don't believe I've come across any other book compared to this book. The Zombie books by Mark Tufo comes to mind, but while "Spiders" is humorous like Tufo, the story is different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, what a question...so many to chose from. I must say, the visual of the main character's house being burnt down via flame thrower is pretty good. But the change in the detective's description toward the end may be better than that even!


    If you could rename This Book Is Full of Spiders, what would you call it?

    This really is the perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I would highly suggest this book if you are looking for a humorous read with an engaging, yet light topic. This is high on my list! After listening to the first couple hours, I purchased the author's other audiobook; yes, this book is THAT good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (894)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "A history piece worth all the hype!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to John Adams the most enjoyable?

    You can feel the research McCullough used to put this story together. You get lost in time and stay entertained in relateable eloquence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could really feel like I understood John Adams and really enjoyed the honesty. The book uses Adams' correspondence and gives the feeling of hearing John's story in his own words. I watched the television series along with listening to this title, and as is typical, the book is better! (The series stayed pretty close to the book, though.)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The death scene. What an epic event!!


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

    The correspondence between Adams and Jefferson in their twilight years makes me think of my love for my friends. I know that no matter what they do, I will always love them for who they are.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm planning on getting other McCullough books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (399)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "History tied with the present and future"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lies My Teacher Told Me the most enjoyable?

    The cross-section sample of history book from several decades ago really helped solidified the author's point. I had purchased a paperback about 9 years ago and never got around to read it. I enjoy history, but being able to see how past events affect our current condition and how our future, with resource scarcity and peak oil looming in our future.


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

    Keeler's voice takes you to a college classroom setting with the tone of his voice. It was an educational experience that makes you want to research these exciting events.


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

    No, you need a few breaks.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3249)
    Performance
    (2966)
    Story
    (2952)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Some jewels in a mountain of dirt"
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    I would, depending on the topic. I learned that Sedaris has a distinctive viewpoint, which could lead to an interesting book...possibly.


    Has Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book didn't give any consistent outstanding lines, but some parts really made me laugh. I forced myself through chapter 19 and 20, but after chapter 21, I skipped through and couldn't sit through. I understood the author's point, but extremism, no matter what position, really turns my interests sour.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Sedaris?

    I would. I think he was the best person to narrate his book.


    What character would you cut from Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    The extremists at the end...


    Any additional comments?

    I think this author is capable of enjoyable, random humor, but this piece does not demonstrate any ability. I don't regret buying this book, but I wouldn't recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2701)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Lisa says: "If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen."
    "An enjoyable light listen/read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    I think this audio book was well done by Mindy and I liked how the picture area was not edited out. Although I didn't buy the print edition, I enjoyed the book better with full disclosure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the discussion on some less than flattering aspects of a young adult woman's experience in life. I can really relate to her point of view and humor.


    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    Mindy's properly placed pauses and delivery matches the way my generation says certain quips.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book did make me chuckle and laugh out loud. The inner thoughts are honest and, to me, relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    I typically enjoy fiction, but this was a nice break away from a twisting, action storyline and just to hear some points of someone's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1187)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Thrilling!!!"
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    Where does FREE The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The imagery that Greaney uses allows me to enjoy an action movie in my head as I'm at work! Even though the story line is predictable, it is just right. I have a few more hours to go and I'm glad there are more books in the series! Awesome narrator!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1475)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Great Action!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella the most enjoyable?

    This narrator was very fitting and this story was gripping. I am planning to collecting the entire series to get caught up on this story line! If you enjoy action movies, this is your kind of book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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