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Carianti

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  • Eon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (324)
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    (325)

    Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Enjoyable solid Si Fi-30 years old- still topical"
    "This one was a winner!"
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    If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, thoughtful, memorable,


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

    The most amazing reaction to this rather lengthy listen was it held my interest! Indeed, at every opportunity, I looked forward to getting back to the story presented. I am not familiar with Greg Bear's work but will certainly be scanning his additional writings. Although I am not a scientist, I found the scientific explanations entirely plausible and were certainly entertaining. Then the mix of spirituality, personal growth and a reasonably believable story were just too much to ignore!


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read. I recommend this highly for those who have a spiritual bent as well as those who are fascinated with gathering knowledge and thoughtful wisdom.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (439)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Beautful in every way"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is not often that I am struck almost speechless by a story or a book but this one stood out. In the writing, one can detect the writer's love of the subject matter. Ms. Letts captured the story of a man, his dreams and his love for a horse that led him down a path no one could have imagined. I will definitely be seeking further works by this talented writer.

    The narrator, Bronson Pinchot, was absolutely perfect as the narrator. His inflections and sensitive rendering of the writing was beyond description. At the end, when Snowman is looking towards the Rainbow Bridge, one could detect a bit of a muffled sadness to his voice which I judged as his own......I respect that. He wasn't just reading, he was feeling and was sad himself.

    I recommend this book without hesitation. The story is wonderful and the fact it is nonfiction and really happened, adds even more admiration for the piece. One of my most favored books ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (520)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Phenomenal writing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    I first read this when I was in my early 20's and at that age, the significance and quality of writing didn't impress. Now that I am in my late 60's, I was stunned to find this book so captivating, it was difficult to put it down. Oscar Wilde wrote brilliantly and so captured the withering of Dorian Grays life as well as those experiences that change us. Admiration indeed for such a wonderful writer!


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

    Simon Prebble was the perfect narrator for this piece. His maturity, inflections and capacity to express the varied emotions of the characters was just right. I will be seeking other works by this talented narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend this book for both the content and the storytelling. Lessons are abundant and despite its 1891 writing, much of what is presented can be compared to life today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Bowen
    • Narrated By Kristopher Milnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
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    Since Bob has appeared, I've made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I've got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I'm still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.' James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together

    Carianti says: "From the heart"
    "From the heart"
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    What did you love best about The World According to Bob?

    If you are interested in reading something that has a little bit of everything, I would highly recommend this as it contains them all: Love of animals, a powerful treatment on life on the streets, understanding one's self and just a little bit of the mystic and wonder of the Universe. That may be overkill but I have to say, I found all these things in this little book. Sometimes it was a trek listening as James Bowen endured many hardships during his life but somehow managed to turn his life around and continue on. I am so glad he did and that I finished listening. But even more so, I am so glad Bob appeared in his life to be both a companion and a teacher, a protector and the glue that held it all together until James got a firm foothold on his own.


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

    The narrator, Kristopher Milnes, performs James' voice in such a way that I fully believed I was listening to the writer. Bravo!


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

    The ending was perfect. Touching and complete at this point of their lives. We all face struggle, pain and adversity and James and Bob had their fill of this. But their relationship and the goodness that resulted gave me hope for us all. Love, gentleness, patience and perhaps just a bit of guidance from I know not where, can just pop out and change everything.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to any future books about James and Bob. I would love continue to travel alongside them on this journey called life.......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (245)
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    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "Never ever underestimate the power of a dog!"
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    Would you listen to Izzy and Lenore again? Why?

    As I do not write many reviews, the fact of this writing is surprising even me! That being said, I felt compelled to write as this book was so wonderful, I had to share with like-minded readers.I have read Jon's books and enjoyed them all very much. But this one stands out. Perhaps because of the storyline....hospice....always a delicate and sensitive subject. But even more-so, Jon's experiences with what I would call Clinical Depression and his open and honest portrayal of this devastating disease meant so very much to me. I, too, have Clinical Depression and have struggled to deal with its enveloping presence over many years. The loss of Robin Williams only deepened its hold on me and the occurrences increased as a result.Hearing Jon's personal thoughts and descriptions as his depression began to take hold and deepened were like a script from my life and I feared for him.But somehow his healing.....a result of his experiences with the dying and a good deal more with Izzy's incredible feats.....were a calming and reassuring balm for me. I will look upon my furred creatures with far more depth and understanding as a result.And if I "go there" again, I will hold onto my beasties and thank the Universe even more than I already do for their loving attention and devotion.Thank you, Jon, for it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Stechschulte, as always, was perfect for the narrator. His utterly masculine but soft and gentle voice, helped to deepen the listener's emotional involvement in the storyline. He is one of my favorites!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day I Died: Ten Remarkable True Stories of Near-death Experience

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tammy Cohen
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
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    (32)

    What happens to us when we die? Where do people go? What do they see? What messages do they receive? Why are they allowed to come back? "The Day I Died" brings together ten profoundly moving testimonies from people who have passed through the limits of human endurance and beyond. Around the world, ordinary people go about their daily lives convinced they've had a glimpse into the afterlife.

    Carianti says: "The best NDE book"
    "The best NDE book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have been curious about NDE's since Raymond Moody's first book came out in the mid-70's. Indeed, I believe I had an NDE in 1985 but that is another story entirely.

    This book is just about the best one I have experienced so far on NDE's (and I have gone through quite a few). The narratives are presented simply, personally and almost matter-of-factly without drama or with an effort to influence one's beliefs. As stated, there is no prejudiced view such as to "Christianity is the only way" as is, unfortunately, the theme in several NDE books. Non-religious but certainly a spiritual vein which appeals to many of us. I listened over a period of days and when the epilogue arrived I was somewhat deflated as I had been enjoying these stories so much.

    Excellent narration by Simon Whistler! Sensitive yet with just the right emphasis when needed. Will be looking for more audios narrated by this talented professional.

    I heartily recommend this book for the NDE "seeker" who wants to gather more information and muddle it through one's own mind and consciousness to find wisdom.

    A definite winner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1519)
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    (1533)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "At last, a book with some moxie!"
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    Amongst all the many books I have listened to on Audible, "Calculating God" has got to be at the top or near to it when it comes to pure unadulterated pleasure! This book not only has an abundance of intelligent and scientific considerations but interweaves a generous STORY in and out. I loved the wonder of the main character....always thinking, considering, meditating.....on the important things of this life.....and the secondary, the aliens, were believable and not fearsome beings as SF often depicts them as.

    What more can I say about how much I enjoyed this book? Just about the time I thought the end (of the story) was near, a totally unexpected "hook" was thrown and we were, once again, thrown into a cauldron of expectation, excitement and perhaps a bit of fear!

    This one has it all........I strongly recommend this to anyone with a curious and hungry mind. Doesn't hurt if you also are plagued with the old lifelong search for meaning and "what if's" about God and the universe either.

    A strong plus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "Fantastic read!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Cloud the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic is a word I use sparingly but in this case, there is no other word to describe this wonderful listening experience.

    Rare it is that I can find a book that pushes me intellectually and still provides writing that is superb and addictive. But it was in this little book that I found my match.

    Do not go into this work of sci-fi believing it will be an action-packed thriller. It is but also, it is not. No Bruce Willis. No car crashes. Only what your mind can imagine as the earth is battered and bruised by its meeting with the Cloud. Still, imagination can be a wild ride indeed.

    Loved the storyline. As the end grew near, a twist develops I didn't see coming (good!) and the epilogue was especially delicious. I decamped from my CD player smiling with delight at the satisfaction of having experienced an exceptional "read."

    Excellent writing. Narration was absolutely perfect even with all the accent variations. Well thought out, Mr Klaff. Excellently performed!

    Delighted I found this book. My eyes are still twinkling with the memory.

    Obviously exuberantly recommended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Marlen Haushofer
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    “I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead....” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal.

    Margaret says: "Haunting, yet unexpectedly realistic"
    "Introspective and a little hard to read/listen to"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wall the most enjoyable?

    I have always had a curiosity about survivor stories. What does one need to know to survive? What does one really need? Consequently I have read a whole lot of books of this ilk. But this one was different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly enjoyed the introspective thoughts..."stream of consciousness" thoughts that constantly run through this woman's mind. Thoughts of her children and humanity in general. Concerns for her beloved animals. Thoughts of her inadequacies to create and maintain a relatively comfortable nitch for herself and her animals in circumstances that befall them all when she is cut off from what appears to have been a holocaust of death and destruction beyond imagination.

    For that is the book.....this lone woman finding herself in circumstances not planned for and in a very precarious position. The book is talk.....her thoughts......her sorrows.......her contemplations of what to do. Like I said, this one was different.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Ms Mazur's voice is somewhat solemn but under the circumstances, this fits somehow.


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

    This was probably the first book I've listened to that took a good five days to complete. Reason was the sadness of it all.....also because the reader's voice was so depressed sounding. As for taking that much time, I consider this a "difficult read" as I am an enormous animal lover and the death of many such cut me to the core. I found myself getting too depressed if I listened to the story too long. I had to put it down for awhile and come back when I felt I was somewhat stronger. It is very sad. If you are seriously depressed already, you might want to look elsewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book highly but with warning ahead of time.....animals die and are killed and the lady is beyond consolation with it all.

    A difficult read but oh how personal it was! This felt like a real WOMAN who "finds herself" only after she has to decide to go on and through all the losses and difficulties, she is still determined to win in this very precarious existence.

    I doubt that I could have done better with this subject or the situation. Bravo! You made me think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pros of Prozac: A Faith-Based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Beca Mark
    • Narrated By Beca Mark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Beca Mark wished she could have found this book when hopelessly struggling with depression and anxiety after having her first child. She takes you on a heartfelt journey and shares how healing only came when combining a daily Prozac prescription with a commitment to be her best self. By sharing faith-based, personal details about her life, she hopes to soften the cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, shedding a more positive light on these issues.

    Carianti says: "Encouraging but preachy"
    "Encouraging but preachy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book had much positivity to it insofar as the use of SSRI's for Depression and Anxiety. As a proponent of such medications, the writer's "Pro's" list was much appreciated and I intend to share this with someone I know who would benefit.

    However, I found two things incredibly distracting throughout listening to this book and will share here:

    1. The author is narrating her own book. While this is normally not a problem, this is obviously a rather young woman and her voice does not distill the same confidence one would experience had she a more mature voice. Although her writing is acceptable (although certainly not that of a professional writer), her youth is also betrayed by the level of her writing expertise.

    2. I was only able to complete listening up until the 4th track of the 2nd CD. This was because the writing become rather "preachy" in regards to her Christian beliefs and this, along with the distraction of her lack of life experience, was more than I was willing to listen to. Although I regard myself as deeply Spiritual and have specific and hard-learned beliefs myself, I was not willing to be preached to towards the end.

    That being said, the information regarding the good things about taking Prozac and other SSRI's was both welcome and encouraging for all who suffer the pain of Depression and Anxiety.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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