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Amy Nicolai

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Gosling
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (48)

    For the last 10 years, psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected - and unplanned - ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it to others, and interpret the world around us.

    GrantLH says: "Buy the hard copy"
    "After this you will go clean your bedroom!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I've always wondered why my office looks so neat and tidy, and my home so... NOT. If you read this book, you will gain many clues about how the way you arrange your stuff reflects you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snoop?

    Near the end of the book, the author talks about how having photos of your family arranged behind your desk shows that you feel it is important to present yourself to others as being part of a family. This was enlightening to me, since I do have this arrangement.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    Not relevant - non-fiction book.


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

    No, I found that it was easy to pick up in sections.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have preferred a printed version. There are many tables of data, and that doesn't really translate well to an audible edition.

    Funny, and enlightening. Definitely worth the read (or listen).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (2619)
    Story
    (2646)

    In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

    T. M. Fees says: "Narration"
    "No spoilers here..."
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    What did you love best about A Crown of Swords?

    I heard more about Nyneave and Lan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Rand and Min is better defined.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm getting used to Michael Kramer finally. He sounded too much like a mid-western boy to my ears at first. Kate does a fine job all the way through.


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

    There are some poignant moments especially around Nyneave.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (2821)
    Story
    (2836)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "One more step along the way to Tarmon Gaidon"
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    Would you listen to Lord of Chaos again? Why?

    I probably would not listen to it again, unless I decided to go through the entire series again.


    What other book might you compare Lord of Chaos to and why?

    The pacing is similar to the five books before this.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I've listened to the prior books. The readers' performan is very similar, and I'm finally getting used to the voices. Initially I was very unhappy with Michael Kramer's rendition of Rand's voice - it sounded too Midwestern to my ears.


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

    Nothing really stands out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (402)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "14th Century history, 21st Century drama"
    Overall

    Well worth the listen (and read too if you want to read the book). Barbara Tuchman's history of Europe in the 1300's will add to your understanding of Europe's origins and continuing entanglements. It's long, and engrossing. The narration by Nadia May is superb - I could listen to her for days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

    Mark says: "C"
    "Classic story of Imperial Rome!"
    Overall

    The book covers the lurid, fascinating story of Claudius, accidental emporer of Rome in the Imperial age. Lively story, with a decent base in history (although he does demonize Livia). The narration by Derek Jacobi really brings it to life, as he played Claudius in the television series (BBC I think).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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