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Clare

I am a dancer, health professional, meditator and avid reader. I listen to audio books while driving, working out and doing chores. I listen to non-fiction more than fiction, but enjoy both. I like books I can learn from or be inspired by. I post my favorites on Pintrest.

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1093)
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    (1091)

    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"
    "If you enjoy science, you will enjoy this"
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    Would you listen to The Demon Under The Microscope again? Why?

    I enjoyed the history of the development of the first antibiotics. I might listen again in a few years after reading other books with intersecting histories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way it showed the connection of external forces like war, the need for a company to make money on their R&D, and the scientists perseverance in pursuing the possibility of finding a drug to kill bacteria.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part of the story that told about a disaster of mixing sulfa with a chemical to make it drinkable, which turned out to be poisonous which led to the FDA regulation of drugs being released to the public.


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

    No, I listened over a number of settings


    Any additional comments?

    All of us have benefitted from antibiotics, this is relevant to all of us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10484)
    Performance
    (9487)
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    (9571)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Another Dan Brown race through history"
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    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dan Brown is great at what he does. He delivers a fast paced story with lots of cool twists in it. I like a lot of different genres, he seems to have created his own genre. This is one of his best books ever.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    I would compare it to his other books. If you like his books, you will like it. The story unfolds with the main character not understanding what is going on. You find out with him.It is fun.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He carries the energy of the story. You can feel through his voice. He brings out all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked looking up the locations on my phone while listening to his descriptions. There are places in Turkey and Venice that are amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (392)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "The history of India in one mans face"
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    Where does Midnight's Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to a lot of books, it is among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned the story of India from the revolution on through an amazing story that allows you be a part of that history. The rhythym and timing of storytelling is amazing.


    What about Lyndam Gregory’s performance did you like?

    Awesome! The indian accent and the rolling voice was like music. I laughed many times as well and every other emotion.


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

    Every emothion is felt reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1252)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "I loved the book. It is like the butterfly effect"
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    If you could sum up Life After Life in three words, what would they be?

    Change the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story makes you think. What would you do if? How would your own story be different if you had went this way vs that, or responded this way instead of that. The story takes place in England during the first and second world wars. If you enjoy history from that period you will enjoy it more. The main character asks questions and thinks about the meaning of life, and her beliefs in the backdrop of war. If you like thinking about those kinds of questions, you will enjoy the book.


    What does Fenella Woolgar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is lovely and carries you into the story. There are times where German is spoken and she does this well. She conveys the feelings of the character, making the actions of the character more understandable.


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

    There were so many moving places, it is hard to say one. The stories related to being in the bomb shelters during the blitz in England during WWII got me the most. Images the author paints in your mind come into view slowly, like a fog clearing, and once you see, a simple dress takes on a whole new meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very different book. The story is told and retold with different possiblities. It takes a little getting used to at first. The author ties elements in that helps it make sense, and makes you realize, that one change, changed everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choosing Love: Moving from Ego to Essence in Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gina Lake
    • Narrated By Rebecca Van Volkinburg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Are you sabotaging the love that is possible in your relationships? Have you ever wished you could unlock the love that is your true nature and express it fully? Loving in the Moment offers a spiritual approach to transforming relationships by showing you how to let go of your preconceived ideas and judgments. By moving beyond your ego and conditioning, you can create a richer, more loving life for yourself and those you care about.

    Lea says: "wise and uplifting"
    "Letting the ego go, and letting essence love"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a favorite book that I have listened to a number of times. If you want a loving relationship, this book helps you recognize your own ego and your conditioning which get in the way. I will notice now when it is my ego. I will notice, "oh, that is just conditioning" and be able to let it go. I will be reminded that the ego is never satisfied and does not know how to love. Sometimes we tell stories to support our ego in being "right", this book reminds us that we can choose to be right, or be in love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is music to my ears. " the truth shall set you free"...learning to differentiate between ego and essence makes life and all relationships so much easier.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read most of Gina Lake's books, but this is the only one I have on audio. I hope all of her books go on Audible. I prefer listening to reading, it is like bathing in words I need to hear. Her words bring me back to my own essence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (249)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Kathy says: "The Great Bridge"
    "The Great engineer vs the politicians!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Brooklyn Bridge, history or engineering.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a story of many hardworking people who had vision and perseverance. It was frustrating at times to listen to the book when it was describing the politicians and their obnoxious behavior. It made the chief engineer seem that much greater that he had to deal with their insulting and costly behavior. The chief engineer suffers the "bends" and long lasting consequences in which he has to direct the bridge building through letters he dictates to his wife. She is his eyes, ears, feet and takes the physical role he is unable to.
    She is the heroine of the story.


    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a firm fatherly voice that sounds as if he was there telling the story. He has feeling in his voice that communicates the suppressed anger of the engineer, the joy of the workers and onlookers, and the magic feeling of tying Brooklyn and New York together.
    He has a tenderness when talking about the chief engineer's wife, who is essential to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (576)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank J. Reda says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "Protect you employability by using your right side"
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    Would you listen to A Whole New Mind again? Why?

    I actually listened to it twice. The second time I kept a notebook handy to right down suggestion of other books to do and things to try. I also bookmarked it on my phone audible app.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel H. Pink before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to anything else by this author.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel H. Pink – was your favorite?

    This is a non-fiction book, but he talks about the Hero's story, like Homer, and how the story is what we are wired for. He has grat book suggestions if you want more on the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Develop the right side of the brain and use this book as a jump off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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