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Felicia

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4653)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2001)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Thought provoking"
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    Would you listen to The God Delusion again? Why?

    I might listen to it again. I think he talked about a lot of things that I might gain more from if I were to listen again.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think the most compelling thing is just how illogical religion and god are and how he demonstrates that. If you can listen to it and really think about it without getting emotional, you can see how illogical it all is.


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was interesting having two readers to clearly distinguish between the author's words and others'.


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

    No. I found myself agreeing with so many things he had to say. I was surprised actually how much I agreed. It's scary to not believe in god or religion when you grow up in a world where so many people believe so strongly and think that without religion you're less of a person. It was nice to hear from someone who has put a lot of thought in to it and made very intelligent and logical arguments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4372)
    Performance
    (3179)
    Story
    (3179)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "I hope there is a sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think this was a good story that showed how the modern world and big companies effect other populations of people, like the remote tribe in the story. It also shed light on why it is so important to protect those people and not just tell the world about their findings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Eckman. She was a great character who did everything in her power to protect the people of the tribe she was working with. She understood the importance of not interfering with their ways.


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

    She was able to bring the characters to life in a way that probably wouldn't have happened if I were reading it in print. You were able to get the emotions of the characters as the author intended.


    If you could rename State of Wonder, what would you call it?

    I'm not sure. I think it's fine.


    Any additional comments?

    A sequel? There has to be one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (567)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Great characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Let the Great World Spin to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character development. I thought you really got to know each character individually. Even if their story wasn't that compelling, you felt like you knew them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2150)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Good Mystery"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    I liked that it kept me on my toes the entire time trying to figure out what was going on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    The little sister and everything about her was memorable. That and the wild animals.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story was really interesting and it kept me guessing until the end about what was going on. Although what actually happened was shocking and horrible, I was hoping/thinking it would be something deeper and more sinister.

    0 of 0 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
    (10541)
    Performance
    (9535)
    Story
    (9620)

    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 Great Dan Brown Book!"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    No, I'm not really one for listening to books, or reading them, more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Langdon, as always. But the characters in the book with him were great too.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did all the characters well. Nothing about his performance was distracting from the story.


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

    Yes! I listened every chance I got because I wanted to know what would happen next. This was a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself half agreeing with the villain in this story. Once I found out his motives, I couldn't help but see why he thought he was doing something good.

    0 of 0 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
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2711)

    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.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really liked this book. I don't typically read fantasy so I was a little hesitant about this book but I really liked it. The characters were well developed and I wanted to hear their stories. I liked the way all the characters were intertwined. It was very well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

    When the Jinni went back home.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where the Jinni and the Golem were discovering life in the city and seeing everything for the first time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geek Love

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Dunn
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (183)

    No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special".

    Cayora says: "Shudderingly Good!"
    "Not what I expected"
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    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Weirdly charming bool


    Would you be willing to try another book from Katherine Dunn? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would be willing to try another. She did a good job of getting the reader/listener to relate to characters that were way out there.


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

    I have not, so I can't compare. But I thought she was a great narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Geek Love and why?

    Ollie. The main character. You got to know her best and could see everything from her point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not what I expected. I was expecting more of a love story and a kind of a twisted sort of fairytale. I guess in a way it was that. It was an interesting story for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (553)

    Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read!"
    "Fun, silly, girly mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they were just looking for something short and easy and entertaining but not serious.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    I thought she did a great job with all of them. Marianne was funny because she said things that were so dumb.


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

    I did laugh. Some of the lines were just so cheesy they were funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3224)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1982)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Great book. Insightful. Easy listen."
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    If you could sum up The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely helpful & insightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think this book applies to every single person and every single relationship no matter what. I saw this book on the daily deal and decided to listen even though I feel my marriage is very happy and successful and I still found the book wonderful. I think it will make my relationship even better than it already is. I can see how it could save marriages.


    What about Gary Chapman’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the author read the book himself rather than an actor doing it. I felt like I was getting advice straight from an expert.


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

    When I realized what my husband's love language is and got great tips on how I can do a better job of showing my love for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, I think this is a great book for everyone- good relationship, bad relationship and even parents would benefit from this book in learning more about their child's love language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3950)
    Performance
    (3565)
    Story
    (3590)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Interesting Story"
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    Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book kept me engaged and was thought provoking and interesting. I would recommend it. I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story really made you think about what is important in life and how you would feel if those things were suddenly gone. It was also interesting to think about how quickly people conform to new norms and how scary mob mentality can be.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Danes – was your favorite?

    I think the main character was my favorite. It was interesting to see things through her eyes.


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

    What would you do if suddenly everything you take for granted in life were taken from you?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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