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Arlington, VA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 287 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015

  • David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!

    Melody says: "I Wish There Was More"
    "Loved it!"

    Picked this up tentatively since it had some negative reviews, but it had me cracking up in the car and giggling in the super market...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jill Lepore
    • Narrated By Jill Lepore

    Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.

    Julia says: "Narration ruined it for me"
    "Brilliant Content - Production Values - Lacking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret History of Wonder Woman to be better than the print version?

    No, I don't think I would. I haven't seen the print edition, but I imagine it, and hope it is filled with frames from wonder woman comics. Many have complained about Jill Lepore's 'voices' and I understand that comment, I didn't mind them so much, and sometimes thought they were great because they gave that 1930's/1940's comics, newspaper, radio etc announcer 'feel' to the book. Sometimes they were a little over the top... They helped me to imagine frames of wonder woman comics in the print edition. My complaint, as someone with a background in audio production and narration recording - is far more technical.

    Jill has an outstanding enthusiasm for her subject - it's why I bought the book - seeing her interview with Jon Stewart got me excited about this book. I think a better performance could've been drawn out of her by the right director and in a better studio environment. There's too much room in the overall sound of this book. She's too far away from the mic, the walls of the room are too hard and the room is probably too big. I perfer readers who feel like they're sitting right next to me. As I said in my good reads review "The recording is too roomy, like the author just set up in her living room, which has no rug, no curtains and a lot of glassware laying about... If the director or engineer were there at all providing direction, they must've nodded off a few times."

    The edit is good. I've sat through audio books with glaring edit mistakes ie. "I've sat thr-I've sat through audio books..." that's assuming the editor took all the best takes. It would bring be out of the book a little when I found myself thinking 'why did no one ask for a pick up of that sentence?!' All this said - the content was engaging enough that this fell away most of the time, and I, as a slow reader, and someone with too much going on, never would've been able to read this book so soon after publication without the audio edition, so I will take what I can get.

    I do recommend having a listen to the sample so you're prepared for what you're getting into.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, despite the audio quality and I found it a great gateway into further study of the various feminist movements (I like to point out - all your favorite feminists make an appearance!). I was never a big Wonder Woman fan, but thought this story behind her creation would be fascinating enough - and it was - and now I'm willing to give her a second chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane McGonigal
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

    Ryan says: "Starry-eyed but inspiring"
    "Interestin read - got turned down for book group.."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Jane discuss not just projects she's involved in - I thought the book was well written and showed a breadth and depth, but I started to get tired of hearing about her projects, and would've liked to hear more about projects and games that inspired her (she did talk about some - but,it seemed like deeper into the book - it got to be increasingly focused on her work).

    Any additional comments?

    I suggested this for a book group and got categorically turned down because 'video games will never be good for the individual or society' - I found the topic interesting and went for it on my own and I feel like the book group really missed out. For one thing - it's not just video games that get discussed - and for another - I found the ideas discussed really interesting and walked away wanting to play more games, video, card and board varieties - in my own household - rather than watching tv together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "So much great information!!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Roberta helped me get motivated to get started on strength training. And so far, combing that with limiting my portion sizes - in the past month, I've had the most success I've had in ages... so...

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Half your plate should be vegetables, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/4 carbohydrate. 2 days of strength training and 5 days of 1/2 hour of moderate exercise - GET ON IT.

    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to hold off on reviewing this until I finished, but all along the way I was recommending it to folks.

    I learned so much from this - from just the interesting mechanics of how oatmeal lowers cholesterol to confirming what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong.

    I really appreciated Roberta's open mind to different diet preferences (pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan) and the format of the lectures personal story, information, data, studies, conclusions, FAQs - though sometimes the anecdote at the start got a little... meh. I see the value of it, but could happily skip them.

    For other Audible members complaining that the lecture notes often referred to were not included - for the most part, you can do without them, but occasionally she does say 'you'll find this or that data in the notes' a quick google pulls them up in PDF form.

    I have to admit - at the end, I got a little sad during her farewell, after 18+ hours with the lady, you start to feel like she's a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me In

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

    neil says: "Not for everyone"
    "so much better than the sweedish movie..."

    i don't agree that it wasn't fast paced enough... i enjoyed the additional character development... now i'm going to go watch the movie again... but after this, my mind is made up... gonna skip the US version of the movie...

    wish they hadn't used the "let me in" title over "let the right one in"...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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