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Katy Crumpton

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  • 12 reviews
  • 167 ratings
  • 418 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (708)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "very good content, narrator doesn't match content"
    Overall

    This books is filled with information about why people do or don't change behavior. I started taking notes during the second chapter so that I could remember to apply some of the ideas to my children. My only issue with the book is the narrator has a voice more suited for narrating a drama, mystery, or war documentary. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed and learned from the book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1809)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "If you like dark, quirky humor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I happen to like dark, quirky humor that drips with sarcasm so this book was right up my alley. If you don't like off-beat humor or story lines that don't resemble a line at all then you probably won't like this book. This book definitely falls squarely into the strange category but to me it was strange in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1705)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1615)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Clever, Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise of this book is pretty clever. It is pretty much what any geek would do in his situation and that's what makes the book so clever. If you are a geek/tech person then you will love all of the computer programming references as well as references to geek pop culture. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much fun this book was. Also, Luke Daniels (who I usually think of as the Iron Druid) does a fantastic job of narration. He does a great job of creating distinctive voices for the characters that match their personalities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11614)
    Performance
    (9011)
    Story
    (9069)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really, really enjoyed this book. The performances and story easily in my top five favorite Audible titles.

    I was was introduced to Sanderson by listening the Mistborn series (which I enjoyed). Sanderson is very good at making his characters three dimensional as well as bringing his settings to life. He creates a full background and mythology for his characters that give a fullness to the experience of his stories.

    The performances here are top notch. I significantly preferred the sections performed by Michael Kramer but both narrators fit their main characters well and do a great job of creating separate, distinguishing voices for their characters.

    HERE'S THE WARNING: This book does not have a complete ending. I hadn't realized that book two isn't out yet. When I finished this book, I was ready to skip all of the other titles on my listening list and go straight into the next book. I've listened to enough preexisting series (Dresden Files is a good example) that I expected to continue the story when this book left me hanging. I know I'm spoiled and I'm whining a bit but hurry up! I was already feeling extremely impatient waiting for Rothfuss's next Kingkiller Chronicles (another don't-miss-it series with a similar epic feel to Sanderson's) but now I've definitely become a whiny-baby.

    The book does have a partially satisfying ending but, like most series premiers, it leaves many things unresolved and many questions unanswered. This book is still on my list of must-listens but be prepared to long for book two.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4183)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2028)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "One of Gaiman's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll confess that this isn't my favorite Gaiman book. I really enjoy his methodologically based books but I prefer the characters whose background I am familiar with. I'm not sure that I had ever heard of Anansi before I heard Gaiman's references to him and that made the characters a little less familiar and comfortable to me.

    However, Gaiman does a good job of filling out the history of Anansi and some of his rivals. The characters are very interesting and grow on you quickly.

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone but if you're new to Gaiman and new to Anansi then you may enjoy one of Gaiman's other titles first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12340)
    Performance
    (9154)
    Story
    (9156)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Have to overlook narrator's background sounds"
    Overall

    If hearing the narrator swallow or move papers around bothers you then you should definitely skip this book. On the other hand, if you can give your attention to the story and characters then you will really like this. Besides the background sounds, the narrator is perfect in the role of Harry Dresden. His characters are distinctive and he has a wonderful "surly attitude" sound to his voice that makes it easy to believe that you are listening to the really Harry Dresden. The book also takes a more grown-up, adult approach to magic. The reasoning behind spells and their pseudo-science is explained in a way that makes it a consistent world. This book isn't for kids but I must admit that I wish I had read it when I was a kid. Lots of fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1172)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Life changer"
    Overall

    This book changed my life and and my family's. I had heard of low carb diets but, like most close-minded people, I thought they were bad for your health. This book explains how wrong I was and provides scientific evidence to back it up. This is not a diet book (there is a sample diet plan in the back, though) but once you understand how carbs influence fat you really don't need a diet plan. I eat all I want, I'm never hungry, and I've never been healthier in my life. Any doubts you have will be assuaged - Taubes explains what your body will go through and what the ultimate result will be. It is amazing how many misconceptions I had about diets and weight loss.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Grant Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

    Katy Crumpton says: "As much fun as I remember it"
    "As much fun as I remember it"
    Overall

    I watched the TV show years ago and my recollection of the plot has faded significantly. After they solve a problem I usually think "a-ha, I remember now" but fortunately I have forgotten enough that the story seems fresh to me again. It's great hearing the crew again as they revisit their old roles in this dramatized version of the book. If you liked the show then you will enjoy this book - it is the same plot lines as the TV show but it was like putting on a favorite old sweater. It just felt good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7638)
    Performance
    (4158)
    Story
    (4191)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Funny and Clever"
    Overall

    I know what you're thinking: "oh no, not another vampire book." But this one is different. It is a bit tongue in cheek and there is a lot of humor in the book. It is told in first-person narrative by a southern waitress who is lonely has trouble connecting with other humans. The narration is superb and sometimes it really feels like you are listening to a real Sookie Stackhouse speaking to you. I'm in the middle of the second book in the series and it is even better than this one. Give it a try and you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (791)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Delightful find"
    Overall

    This book is not about improving your sex life or having more sex. It is just a fun look at sex research and the people who do the research. There is a lot of seriously strange research and equally (or more) strange researchers. The book was witty and fascinating. The narrator delivered the perfect tone and really increased my enjoyment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (427)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Lots of good information"
    Overall

    This book isn't a Self-Help book and it doesn't contain blueprints to make your life happier. However, it does an amazing job of explaining how we make decisions and how those decisions affect our happiness. Every point Gilbert makes is supports by psychological studies that lend credence to his ideas and illustrate the points he is trying to make. I'm recommending this book to all my friends and family and to you, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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