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Jason

Koto ku, Japan | Member Since 2010

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  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (94)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Very average."
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    There were some interesting anecdotes spread throughout the book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It didn't really increase my interest in the subject matter.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No, she does not.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    When narrating the taxonomy, her voice sounded like an automated message.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lydia Millet
    • Narrated By Cori Samuel
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Oh Pure and Radiant Heart plucks the three scientists who were integral to the invention of the atom bomb: Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and Enrico Fermi as they watch history's first mushroom cloud rise over the desert on July 16th, 1945... and places them down in modern-day Santa Fe.

    connie says: "Don't overlook this!"
    "This wasn't for me."
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    What disappointed you about Oh Pure and Radiant Heart?

    The story just never went anywhere. I was almost finished with the book but couldn't be bothered listening to the very end. I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

    No, I wouldn't.


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

    I think the humor comes out well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Oh Pure and Radiant Heart?

    All of the parts having to do with religious fundamentalists.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit odd to have a book set in America, following American character's POV with a British accent. It was a bit hard to overcome this disconnect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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