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Kathleen

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  • Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Naomi Alderman
    • Narrated By Roe Kendall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she returns home. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.

    Connie says: "underrated"
    "Great narrator, involving story, anticlimactic"
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    Have you ever read a book that surprised you? I picked this one expecting a trash novel, but got an involving story with interesting characters instead. About 2/3s of the way through it took a wrong turn for me - but I could at least see how the characters might have made those choices. Then closer to the end it stopped being detailed and involving and seemed to run out of steam, skipping a week, and then months ahead with no mention of the life--altering decisions that must have happened in-between. Suddenly, everything is anticlimactic and sketchy.

    Also, I'm gay and there seemed to be a very odd vision of what that means in somebody's life. I understood the Estee character's reasoning and motivations, and the cousin\husband's - but Ronit, the main character, while she was interesting and the character felt right, the choices the author made for her U.S. relationships felt false, except for the shrink.

    But the first 2/3s of it were surprisingly good and the narrator had a great character range.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombies and Calculus

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Colin Adams
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Zombies and Calculus is the account of Craig Williams, a math professor at a small liberal arts college in New England, who, in the middle of a calculus class, finds himself suddenly confronted by a late-arriving student whose hunger is not for knowledge. As the zombie virus spreads and civilization crumbles, Williams uses calculus to help his small band of survivors defeat the hordes of the undead.

    Kathleen says: "Fun"
    "Fun"
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    Calculus almost made sense. Not sure why this review system requires so many words. Review of Audible review system - highly annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Rocket Science

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ben Miller
    • Narrated By Ben Miller
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Black holes. DNA. The Large Hadron Collider. Ever had that sneaking feeling that you are missing out on some truly spectacular science? You do? Well fear not, for help is at hand. Ben Miller was working on his Physics PhD at Cambridge when he accidentally became a comedian. But first love runs deep, and he has returned to his roots, to share with you all his favourite bits of science. This is the stuff that you really need to know, not only because it matters, but because it will quite simply amaze and delight you.

    Ingwe says: "Entertaining"
    "Fun overview great charm"
    Overall
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    Ben Miller explains science. Sounds like a nightmare but actually turns out brilliantly. Personal stories mixed in with easy bites of real science, how it's done and why it matters. This is my go-to audiobook when I want to relax without committing to a long plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birds & Don't Look Now

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Peter Capaldi
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Du Maurier is of course world famous for many of her novels. These two stories are perhaps even better known as films (The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock and Don't Look Now by Nic Roeg), but here we bring you the full terrifying texts, superbly read by Peter Capaldi, who brings the true dimension of these works to the imagination.

    Kelley says: "Five star everything"
    "Gripping stuff beautifully read"
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    Gripping stuff beautifully read. Forgot it was just one man reading. Will probably replay both of these many times. Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (933)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Best Audiobook so far"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisoner's Handbook to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but loved the narrator. Coleen Marlo is someone I will listen to again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the stuff I learned about both chemistry and history, how the separate stories intertwined and created a real narrative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The relationship between the Gettler and Norris. Particularly, how Norris protected Gettler's time.


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

    Several. The Central Park story, the story that began in one chapter and ended in another, everything about Norris's political challenges.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (20055)
    Performance
    (15634)
    Story
    (15581)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Snappy fun"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Probably not. Although, I did enjoy it. Towards the end it gets a little slow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing Tina Fey read the book in her own voice added vulnerability and sincerity that I would not have picked up from the text.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    It's autobiographical - the best character is obviously the author.


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

    I keep reflecting on the way she described her father. The pride and yearning in her voice made an impact more than the actual words.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good. Exactly what I signed up for. Liked this one very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (2157)
    Story
    (2170)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Gross but compelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they have a strong stomach and no terminal diseases. It's a bit disorienting the way Mary Roach approaches things that would repel most people. Found myself taking deep breaths to calm myself at several points. But having that kind of effect generally means the writing is deeply involving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator had such a different take on what she was experiencing than I would that her perceptions were as fascinating as what she was describing.


    Which character – as performed by Shelly Frasier – was your favorite?

    Shelly Frasier was the right narrator for this book. That said, the characters weren't fully differentiated.


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

    Laughed, cried, got nauseous, banged on the steering wheel.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen on a full stomach. But listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1900)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Funny and scary at the same time"
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    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    Ronson's slightly snarky narration.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The journey from believing everything he was told to questioning the entire mental health industry was quite compelling.


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

    Attitude.


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

    Tony's story


    Any additional comments?

    Ronson has a definite point of view on the mental health industry and it shows. But he walks you through how he got there with humor and insight. Nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1598)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Good bio stuff, Title doesn't match"
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    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God, No!?

    The guy eating the cheeseburger


    Which character – as performed by Penn Jillette – was your favorite?

    Penn


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

    When he talked about his sister and his parents


    Any additional comments?

    It's a lovely book if you really dig Penn Gillette (which I do). It's autobiographical stories that are funny, self-deprecating, and thoroughly entertaining. The title is misleading, it's not about signs you may already be an atheist, it's a walk through Penn's view on the world. LIke him even more as a performer after listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36536)
    Performance
    (27446)
    Story
    (27841)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Pretty good story, clunky sounding though."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    The story is pretty good. Kept me listening.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

    Possibly. I don't like this particular reading, but it may be the writing style that feels clunky. Not completely sure whether it's the reader or the way this author writes dialogue that is putting me off.


    Any additional comments?

    Predictable story, but told fairly well. The writing style or the narration is a bit clunky overall, but it kept me entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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