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Howard

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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1527)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Okay"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think the time listening to this book was worthwhile in that I was able to eliminate the idea of ordering the rest of the books in the series.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the characterization of the "hangman" lead character and the politics of the town council although it remained me of "Jaws" a bit too much. There seemed to me to be a few anachronisms in the story which I found rather distracting. I felt story was rather plodding and wishing the pace would pick up. I feel the story could have been completed in less time and made more interesting if it had been tightened up. I thought much more could have been done with describing the local geography and setting the scene for a late middle-ages early Renaissance time period.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Those scenes involving the hangman's struggles to avoid torture of the accused witch and the scene in the cave.


    Could you see The Hangman's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see it being made into a movie but the script would have to be shortened a lot before I would like see such a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really can't recommend this book very highly since there are many more interesting audiobooks available.

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  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (529)

    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    Peter says: "Engaging, fun, and educational"
    "This is a fantastic book."
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    Excellent narration by Mr. Page. I would have thought he was the author. The content is very interesting. The life of ordinary substances is in fact quite surprising. Hearing the essays it is a wonder the we have figured out how to do all of this. The writing is clever and can be humorous such as his discussion of paper and how we see only a blank sheet so we are not intimidated by its "microscopic genius." I particularly like how the author has weaved human psychological aspects of the substances into the narration of the science of them. This is best general science book I have heard in a long time, informative, interesting, humorous and deserving of a sequel-or for matter- three or four sequels.

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