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E. A. Newton

Avid reader with an inability to sit still... thank God for Audible :)

Singapore (and Park City, UT USA) | Member Since 2014

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  • 7 reviews
  • 319 ratings
  • 699 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Craig H. Heller
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (83)

    Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?

    Douglas says: "This Course Appealed To Me..."
    "Great information, *very* technical"
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    What did you like best about Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders? What did you like least?

    I've loved learning about sleep from the time I understood that my father and I were night owls and my sister and mother were morning birds... and why do my oldest son and I have night terrors (even as an adult I have them) and my other son doesn't... I was always wondering what made us so different!

    This is a great book that introduces some concepts I didn't know about (even after all of my reading over the years) but the professor gets into some very technical information on neurochemistry.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    of course! I've got many of them already...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, the professor was very good - I'd definitely recommend *not* listening to this on 1.5 ;)


    Was Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This course left me wanting to ask the professor questions - I'll be sending him an email.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1274)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "A new twist on an old tale"
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    Although this plot is one of the oldest on record, and the play a classic, these authors have presented a story that is at once fresh, gritty, dark, and thought provoking.
    And, the performance was magnificent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (363)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "A Hidden Gem!"
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    This book was fantastic - I was able to finish it in an afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters are despicably loveable, and I love the discussions between them about authors, books, and the current state of the publishing industry.

    I highly, highly recommend this book... I'll be checking out other books of these two authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Zzzzzzz"
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    I live on a tropical island. I moved here from the US. I live just off the equator. I thought the author was going to give me an insight I didn't yet have into this life that, to me, we seemed to share through some small ties.

    There are so many things I hoped this book contained - like insight. But what I heard, what I couldn't even get through, was all the complaining and political drivel about how shitty the US government was. There were a couple of interesting facts (the significant overcrowding of Tarawa for instance and what overcrowding does to 18 square miles - which, in one of his funnier statements, is the same size as some driveways in Illinois); sadly, there were far more *un*interesting, unhumourous facts mucking around in this book (such as the fact that the geckos living in their water tank ate the bugs there... Surprise! Geckos eat bugs).

    The author suggested at one point that he and his girlfriend made friends on the island, but rather than talk about the people, how they met, funny instances of their learning about the locals, etc., the author spent no more than a few sentences on each of his "adventures", including such fascinating topics as "the missing beer", "the peeping toms", "the ocean of poop", and "the eyebrow quirks" (which he'd learned to interpret).

    One example of the thrill this book contains: (just in case I'm too blah'ed out by this book for it to come across, that was supposed to be sarcasm)

    The author tells you about a fence he built. He's very proud of this fence. His girlfriend
    comes home, and, upon seeing said fence, asks "What's that?" [what did the author
    make the latch out of]. He found it on the roof. It was a bit of old (very old) IV tubing. Still
    full of blood. He unwound it. He threw it back on the roof. He wondered if he should wash
    his hands.

    Wait for it... ... ... ...No, not really. It's not coming.

    Even Simon Vance's fantastic voice and ability to enfold me in a story couldn't help this poor wretch hobble its way into my collection. It's going back.

    So much opportunity, lost (quite possibly to the geckos in the author's water tank...).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4108)
    Performance
    (3780)
    Story
    (3775)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "A cultural tapestry, beautifully woven"
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    What a fantastic book! I read this in one day, and absolutely adored the story! I find that I'm not generally drawn to women authors as they can dwell too much on the romantic aspects. However, Helene Wecker is an absolutely lovely storyteller - she weaves the plot like a beautiful tapestry, thick with detail and texture - yet does it all with a gentle and purposeful tempo. Her ability to imbue the characters with life is masterful - you feel as though you know each of the characters, recognise their strengths and weaknesses - yet she maintains enough mystery about each one to draw you forward through the tale.

    Side note: this is not a children's or young adult tale, although the cover reminded me of the Jonathan Stroud books. This book smoulders and looks at you under long lashes to take you into its bed. Enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (986)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Now I know why..."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!?

    One of my favorite parts of this book is where Dr. Feynman is at Princeton for his Masters and the dean brings in a hypnotist. Dr. Feynman's attempt to be "one of many" who are chosen to work with the hypnotist was a riot and Raymond Todd conveyed the situation perfectly. It especially reminded me of my own escapades!.


    What does Raymond Todd bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his voice and I can just hear Dr. Feynman saying "I get it, OK?!" He so perfectly conveys Feynman's personality, naivete, and lovable nature that you feel as though you're listening to Feynman himself.


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

    The story of an incredible man whose life inspires you to do all those things you've always been curious about.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this book - regardless of whether or not you're interested in science, you'd be remiss to miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10715)
    Performance
    (6671)
    Story
    (6715)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Great Story, Narration Takes Time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this to a friend (in fact, I have recommended it many times!). Specifically, because
    1) this is a long book / start to a very long and complicated series and getting it on Audio book allows you to listen to it in more places than reading is practical
    2) the Audible app on my iphone allows me to play it at 1.5x or 2x speed so it doesn't take as long


    Any additional comments?

    The story is fabulous (although, when I first read it, I thought it to be a stand-alone book... the ending appears to come to a close); however, the male narrator (Michael), has a voice that didn't fit the male characters. It just took time to get used to him. So, if you're considering this, but not sure because of the narrators, give it time. The story is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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