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I am a painter of paintings and I listen to learn about science, primarily. Ideas I hear adhere to the paint.

PORT TOWNSEND, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 174 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Mill on the Floss

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner

    First published in 1861, The Mill on the Floss was a best-seller in its day. This classic novel explores the traditions and moral expectations of an English rural community. Maggie Tulliver is a girl of uncontrollable romantic ideals. But her brother, along with most of society, cannot accept her brashness and vitality. Narrator Jill Tanner gracefully unfolds this tragic tale of love and loss.

    MasterMarquette says: "Poignant, relevant, love Jill Tanner's narration"
    "Emotional Whip-lash!"
    Would you listen to The Mill on the Floss again? Why?

    Yes...I've listened to it twice because it is so rich with moral complexity and evolves from such innocence to such an astonishing finale.And perhaps subconsciously I am hoping the story ends differently.It is one of the best books I've read or listened to. Ever. Lately, I've found myself relating to wealth disparity of another time. Hugo, Dickens and George Eliot are brilliant and you hear in their stories the frequent distinction of the difference between success and failure. If there's a flaw, it's the introduction.I'd rather not hear the triumphant ring of someone other than the narrator saying with cheerful gusto, "In their death they were not divided!" at the beginning of each segment.I tried to ignore it but it is a bit of a spoiler.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mill on the Floss?

    One is drawn into the story so gently and lovingly and beautifully...that is memorable.I would not want to spoil it by telling beyond that...but once done, it is helpful to read good literary analysis.

    What about Jill Tanner’s performance did you like?

    The characters are so well portrayed there is never a sense that you wish the man sounded more manly...she is pitch perfect.

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

    I have never been so moved...perhaps it is in part in telling the story of women, everywhere who are reminded so often by brothers and society that they are girls and therefore worth less than boys.

    Any additional comments?

    Poetic truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens

    Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

    Morris says: "A good introduction to Dahl"
    "non fiction and wonderful!"
    If you could sum up Boy in three words, what would they be?

    a funny elegance

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roald Dahl is the primary character and this is about himself as a boy.

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

    No, I didn't really want to listen to this all in one sitting...I wanted to hear something courageous and humorous outside of my immediacy to lull me into smiling may way to dreams and because I fall asleep before it's over, I have the pleasure of listening again.

    Any additional comments?

    If you compare this to Roald Dahl himself reading his own stories...this was better. Dan Stevens made a very good story, excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bryan Sykes
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay

    In his astonishing New York Times best seller, The Seven Daughters of Eve, Oxford University geneticist Bryan Sykes showed that nearly all Europeans are descended from seven women. Now Sykes tackles what may be the most provocative question geneticists have ever considered: Are we facing a future where men become extinct? Bold, controversial, and endlessly fascinating, Adam’s Curse is certain to spark discussion and provoke debate.

    Nicki says: "Loved it!"
    "Quietly Explosive"
    Would you listen to Adam's Curse again? Why?

    I already have listened to it several times. It's crammed with import and information that takes careful consideration to fully comprehend.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing that the Y chromosome has self-interest and uses its host to further its reproductive success. Knowing that much of what's wrong with the world is because of this fact. It explains why men want sons.
    Women should want daughters and their mitochondrial DNA will do it's best to produce daughters. But women are partly captive. It is still a world dominated by men.

    The battle lines of the sexes are really the battle lines between these two primary agents.

    This book ties in quite beautifully with the other books I've been listening several times to...especially The Swerve.

    From Democracy in Ancient Greece, to the power of Rome and the Vatican and the amazing corruptness in the today and what is happening with the greed of bankers and corporations. The similarities are so striking it seems bizarre that an educated world doesn't band together to control them. We are not slaves to our DNA, we have free will and the capacity to shape a world that stands up to what one banker complained about...that they can't help themselves, it's in their DNA to do what they do. And it is. But that's the idea behind free will and sentience. We are not simply puppets of our DNA we are capable of making a world in which there is live, liberty and most importantly of all, the pursuit of happiness. This is the lesson of Epicurius told by Lucretius in De Rerum Natura as told by one of the best story-tellers, Stephen Greenblatt.

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


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

    Aha. That's why.

    Any additional comments?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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