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Betty A. Wright

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Sugar City, ID United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "I lost sleep over this one!"
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    Wow, I had no idea how much prions affected our world! From cannibals, to mad cows, to inherited conditions. Mad cow hit the head lines and we all learned some, but this book exposes and explains the stories behind the headlines, and why these diseases are so scary. Nothing graphic, good language, highly recommend this book to all interested in disease, science, and a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Allen Butler
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    A few minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage to New York, struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner. It took place on the decks of two other ships, one 58 miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely 10 miles away.

    W. says: "The Other Side of the Night"
    "Excellent read!"
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    I know have a better understanding of the Titanic, her fate, and her relationship with the two ships connected with her. Recommended for any who enjoy Titanic info.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (594)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Very interesting"
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    I really enjoyed this course! Reasons for why we Americans spell or pronounce words the way we do are sprinkled with details about other languages. Worth listening to again and again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1261)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Well read and fulfilling"
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    Two different tales interwoven with modern England and Jacobite Scotland, with some Russian thrown in. Mildly romantic, one I have listened to twice already and will listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    John says: "Bryson Not Reading Makes For a Rare Fail"
    "Too much swearing for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Started out enjoyable, but then.... A letter written to Lincoln that uses the Lord's name in vain over and over. Then a whole chapter of inappropriate, swearing town names. Couldn't take any more. It's been in my library unread for too long, now I wish I'd listened sooner so I could return it. Do not recommend. There are more uplifting books out there.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Bill Bryson any more.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    He read very well! I was impressed with his pronunciation of French, Native American, and other non-English words. His pronunciation and accents for different time periods was also well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At first, I was interested, then disgusted and offended by the choice of material.


    Any additional comments?

    With so much material why do writers feel that they must bring out all the filth?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (438)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
    "A story all should read!"
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    I remember reading this as a child, but reading it again as an adult made me appreciate Anne's skill with descriptions. She shares her feelings and teenage logic concerning how "no one understands" her in a way that could help parents and teens better understand that stage of their lives. The narrator is superb with insightful inflections that add to the emotion. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Murphy
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

    E. Birdsell says: "Don't expect technical depth..."
    "Nice story, not the best narrator"
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    What did you like best about An American Plague? What did you like least?

    The story was well done with many quotes from people who lived through the horror. I did not like the choice of reader, the reading is too plodding/careful. He uses inflections with his voice going up and down, but reads at the same pace as if he were reading to a metronome.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Murphy? Why or why not?

    I would try the author again. The subject is interesting and the writing style is comfortable.


    What didn’t you like about Pat Bottino’s performance?

    The reading sounds forced and unnatural lacking the speed variations common in most readings. He is very careful in pronunciation. The reading style just doesn't feel comfortable to me.


    Was An American Plague worth the listening time?

    Yes. I learned a lot about that time in history, the plight of the poor, the heroic efforts of nurses many of whom were black, and how life changed because of this plague.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1224)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "A miracle that I am grateful for."
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    I will never take antibiotics for granted again. After listening to this book, I realize just how fortunate I am to live at this time when so many conditions are easily cured with antibiotics. People died from sore throats? Or a splinter in their foot? As I read I thought about the scene in Pride and Prejudice when Jane gets sick. Mr. Bennett makes a joke about her dying, but after this book I realize that people did die from things we consider rather common, like colds. Made me very grateful, not only for scientists who work hard to discover these drugs, but for the chances that made these discoveries possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1705)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "A fun walk down the path of chance"
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    A fun read, full of interesting details, fascinating stories, and memorable explanations. I learned a lot, shared much with my students, and will listen again and again because it is that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poems for Two Voices: Joyful Noise, I Am Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Paul Fleischman
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes, Scott Snively
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Paul Fleischman's Poems for Two Voices make for irresistable listening. Whether funny, sad, boisterous or serene, each poem is a virtuoso performance - skillfully illuminating a unique personality from the natural world.

    Betty A. Wright says: "delightful twist on poetry readings"
    "delightful twist on poetry readings"
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    I have used these books for years as a way of getting my students to put expression in their reading while exposing them to poetry. Students have delighted in practicing their parts and performing for other students and school staff. Now I can share with them one way of presenting the poems.

    The narrators, and there are a few, do excellent presentations of these fun poems. Joyful noise is mostly insect poems, I love the Honey Bee one. I am Phoenix focuses on birds. Listen, enjoy, laugh, listen again, buy the book and read it with someone you love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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