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Heather Mauro

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Colorado Springs, CO | Member Since 2011

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  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1232)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Who knew prehistoric sex could be funny?!?!"
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    What did you love best about Sex at Dawn?

    I truly loved listening to this book. It was witty, insightful, and just a fun listen. I was afraid this was going to be sort of dry and boring (think Anthropology 101) but it wasn't...I was very pleasantly surprised!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sex at Dawn?

    There's a part in the book where the authors discuss the topic of this book with another anthropologist and the guy says "what are you going to do close your eyes and imagine". I thought that was great. They took a very realistic approach to the subject by saying, "hey we don't have all the answers..but here's what we got". Combined with the research and the tongue-in-cheeck humor. It made for a very likable and compelling read!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2152)
    Story
    (2177)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Slow and steady..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I picked this book because it was one of those "must listens". But, it just starts out kind of slow and didn't hold my interest the way I'd hoped. I am going to try to give it another chance.

    I will say this....the book is very "visual". I felt a lot of the time like I was "there". That's what kept me going to the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    tricky tricky!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers


    Do you think Brave New World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    how can this be answered if you can't talk about the ending or scenes?!?!?!?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18911)
    Performance
    (8748)
    Story
    (8780)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Lisbeth!!!!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire the most enjoyable?

    This story is just awesome. Part 2 of a trilogy that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Loved every minute!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth...obviously!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Mikael B


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

    There are a lot of parts in the book that made me laugh out loud or say "what the H3!!". Very captivating!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1316)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "If you can stomach the subject matter...go for it"
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    Would you listen to Lolita again? Why?

    I don't think I would listen to the book again. BUT, that's not because it wasn't a great book. It is a very compelling story. There is a lot of rich detail. I had no idea where the story was going to end up when the book began. Just a great work of fiction. But, this book is like every pedophiles wet dream and I just couldn't handle it. The book itself was like 5hours or so..and it took me about 2weeks to get through. I had to keep stopping and walking away from it. It was just too morbid for my tastes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, there are only a few characters in the book. But I have to say Lolita was my favorite...she's a precocious, snappy, little kid.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

    HH


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

    No...see above


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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