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Audio books are the only way I survive commuting and nursing school!

CA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 246 ratings
  • 409 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets. In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare, have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom.

    N. Rogers says: "Wonderful Overview of the Latest Research on Dogs"
    "Interesting view on social behaviorism"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was not really a book on dogs, but more a broad book on the development of domestication and socialization of species, dog, chimps, humans.

    It was interesting but if you are just looking for something focused on dogs you may want something else like Dog Sense by Bradshaw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    • Narrated By Karen White

    More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

    Karen says: "I thought there was an agenda"
    Would you try another book from American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and/or Karen White?


    What was most disappointing about American College of Veterinary Behaviorists’s story?

    It is a tie between the long bloated intro trying to prove only "they" are the true behaviorists, and the horrible reader that made it sound so very snotty.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a calm male reader or one that didn't sound so superior and condescending.

    What character would you cut from Decoding Your Dog?

    The whole "we are on tv" people involved in the book.

    Any additional comments?

    I just can't get past the first half hour, it is so condescending and desperate to prove they are on tv and famous as well as the ones not on TV have a large amount of education which makes them the professionals and only having a vet degree, and large amount of education makes them absolutely correct over other people.

    I understand they need to prove why they should be acknowledged as professionals and have the education to write the book, but the way they went about it was extremely off putting. the fact they talk down about other behaviorist that are not signed up with them, in a snarky way stating they can't change their ways due to pride, is not very professional and does not instill my faith in them as a professional, because there is too much bias.

    I have watched Stillwell's tv show, and I was not very impressed by the way she interacted with the families or the dogs. I did not realize she is associated with the writers of this book until I downloaded it. I am all for positive reinforcement and actually do clicker training with my dogs, thanks to Karen Pryor.

    So based on their presentation, I am not confident in the content that may be in the book past their horn tooting. I feel that they come across too biased, and snotty. I will look for more Pryor like books and stay away from crap that tries to hard to be the new kings of the dog behavior world.

    If you want to give the book a try, do yourself a favor and skip the intro and don't allow it to cloud your view on the book, and maybe you will enjoy it and find it beneficial.

    The book, Science of dogs, is a good substitute if you want an interesting audible dog behavior book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    It was not what I had thought it would be, I enjoyed the suspense and the way the story changed and evolved.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration was awesome. All the character's voices fit them, and the narrator did an excellent job of going between chars with out slipping, which really allows me to just fall into the book and enjoy the story.

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

    I wanted to, but it is a nice long book, just don't have that kind of time :) It did have good stopping points where it wasn't too hard to put down and catch back up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry, Nancy Holder, John Everson, and others
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Roxanne Hernadez, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves - it goes much deeper than that.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "You Have to Stick With This One."
    What would have made V Wars better?

    I could not get past the third story, it was really just horribly disjointed maybe it got better, but I just could not continue, not even the narration pulled me in.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    May have gotten better after the three I had listened to, the premise was interesting which is why I had picked it. It just didn't work for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision - a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful - and desperate - enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

    Karen says: "Excellent vampire series with a new slant."
    "Latest addition to the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Child to be better than the print version?


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. Rain? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed her humor and slightly different take on the typical vampire detective superwoman of the night world.

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

    Just the other books in the series that she has read. Performance wasa enjoyable, easy to to get into.

    Any additional comments?

    Seemed a bit shorter than the other books, the ending felt rushed, making it feel a bit incomlete or rough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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