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Fiammetta Rey

New York, NY | Member Since 2013

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  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1532)

    When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.

    Fiammetta Rey says: "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
    "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
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    The narrator for this book is horrible! The previous two weren't this bad, but this one... I don't know if there was a change in directors or something, but suddenly all of the dialogue sounds like something out of a 2nd grade play instead of anything professional. What's even worse is the decision to use a bunch of "silly" voices and bad, unnecessary accents. The voice for the Pegasus in the beginning was horrible and made my head hurt. The accent used for the Manticore was also frustrating. The worst, though, was near the end. There was absolutely no reason to give Mrs. Chase an accent, and doing so, especially the way it was done, is actually quite racist.
    The book itself was fine. The story was great. I did get the sense that the writer didn't understand the purpose of "thees and thous," since the character who speaks like that doesn't really use them properly. But other than that, there's no problem with the writing.
    The narration, though, really ruined my enjoyment of the book. I bought the first 5 out of the 6 books in the series from Audible, but I won't be continuing with them. Instead, I'll go to the library and borrow the print books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (1568)
    Story
    (1571)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Eh. Mind not blown."
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    The ideas in this aren't unique, and the way they're presented implies that you can't possibly learn not to be irrational in these ways. Except you can. By presenting it this way, the author makes the world look rather bleak. There are other, better books on similar subjects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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