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Jim

London, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

    Darwin8u says: "A Monster of Fiction"
    "A classic that should not be overlooked"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Frankenstein to be better than the print version?

    I am in a book club and Frankenstein was one of the picks. As I didn't have time to read the print version I decided to try the audio book instead. I was not disappointed. The reader had a very expressive voice and held my attention. If I could find a negative in it I would say I always had the impression the reader should have a british accent. This one has an American accent. That is really not of importance though. Overall it was very well done. I have heard some "free" versions of the book but all the voices sound mechanical and robotic. This one is worth the few dollars I spent on it.

    Regarding the story itself ... there were areas that just were very unbelievable. The idea that a man could basically book learn advanced biology and mathematics to the point of bringing life to dead things in just a few years is just way beyond the imagination. Some things just didn't make a lot of sense. But then one has to realize that the book was written by an 18 year old girl living in the 1800's. That is remarkable!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Victor Frankenstein was my favorite character. Although I have to say I am not sure who was the real monster ... Victor or his creation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Victor was creating a mate for his first creation and became overwhelmed with emotion and destroyed it before completion while the monster watched from the window.


    If you could take any character from Frankenstein out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think perhaps Victors wife. I would try to convince her to stay clear of Victor as any involvement with him would no doubt end badly. She of course would not have listened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (301)

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "Well done"
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    What did you love best about Nutrition Made Clear?

    Sensible explanations that are easy to understand. Professor Anding has a very good narrating voice, is easy to understand and listen too. I learned something new at each lecture.


    What other book might you compare Nutrition Made Clear to and why?

    None come to mind


    Which character – as performed by Professor Roberta H. Anding – was your favorite?

    Not applicable


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

    What food does for you.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be valuable to have some written material to go with this but not essential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17856)
    Performance
    (15877)
    Story
    (15834)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen Kings best work!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to the audio version and did not read the print version so I cannot comment on this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    When Jake is in the past and is given a phone number starting with letters instead of digits. It brought back memories of my younger days and I actually quite suddenly remembered my phone number when I was 8 years old that started with the letters GE.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Jake of course.


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

    Some parts made me laugh out loud. Others were disturbing. Tended to have some very violent parts, but they were quite necessary to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting idea of time travel that made me think for a long time after finishing the book. I really think this is Stephen King's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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