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Keith

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Bergner
    • Narrated By Charles Pasternak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

    Keith says: "Useful, but not for me!"
    "Useful, but not for me!"
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    As a gay man, I am always looking for books that enlighten me on interesting sexual studies concerning female sexuality. Call it research for my friends. This was an interesting book with several stories about different methods of sex research that has been conducted on the female. While it does not focus specifically on one aspect of female sexuality, its sometimes rambling nature had me distracted and thinking of other things. I am sure that to someone, it was very important information. For me, it was a "not so much" kind of thing.

    There was amazing information in this book. Of note is the length at which many of the researchers go in order to properly identify the level of arousal in women. With men, it seems rather simple, but as proved once again that the female sex and sexuality is a very complicated and complex study. I was shocked to discover how very little research has been done in this field. It is definitely an uptapped field that will hopefully bear fruit in the upcoming years.

    While fairly light reading (an effort to write on a clear and straight forward fashion is evident), I would not consider it fluff.

    If you are interested in what makes women tick, this book is for you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Days of Anna Madrigal: A Novel (Tales of the City)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

    Cliffie says: "Narrator is a huge mistake"
    "A Life In Review"
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    This book, the latest in the Tales of the City series, is a trip down memory lane for its primary character -- Anna Madrigal. I have lived with these characters since I first began reading the series at the insistence of my lover in 1995. It didn't take long to fall in love with the residents of 28 Barabary Lane and all of the crazy connections and puzzle pieces as they plunked into place one at a time. Although they have all moved out and moved on, their friendship has withstood the test of time.

    In this adventure, Anna Madrigal is reaching the end. She is 92 years old and is unable to walk easily by herself. Throughout the book, we learn many of the secrets of her life. She goes back to the Blue Moon Lodge in her mind and we learn how, in 1936, she left and never returned.

    The familiar characters are here as well. Many of them play mere supporting roles, weaving in and out of the narrative to keep the story moving along.

    Stories from the entire series are sprinkled around... It's not necessary to have read the rest of the series to appreciate them, but if you have, you will be thrown back to those events in your mind and will experience them all with a sense of nostalgia for the past. My favorite is Micheal's remembrance of dressing as Pan... It reminds me of old friends sitting around talking about the past.

    I won't give any details away since that is half the fun of an Armistead Maupin novel, but suffice it to say that it was a satisfying installment in the TOtC series. Will there be others? Who knows? I hope so. Was this a final installment? If so, it is a beautifully written end to a wonderful series.

    As far as Kate Mulgrew's narration goes, I can't imagine anyone (other than AM himself) being able to do a better job. She understands each of the characters and gives them a dialect here or a deeper voice there. Her narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

    I recommend this title to any and all fans of the TOtC series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bear Like Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Cohen
    • Narrated By Wes Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Fired from his job at Phag magazine, Peter Mallory has to find a way to make a living…and get revenge! When his best friend suggests writing a book about the bear community - and using his new ursine look to go undercover at Phag - Peter is soon letting his body hair grow and practicing the fine art of flannel couture. When Peter's sabotage campaign works only too well, he starts to run the risk of discovery.

    'Nathan says: "Fun, furry, and clever."
    "Not My Cup Of Tea!"
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    I found the narrator of this book to be very good. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about his performance. The material, on the other hand, is a different story.

    I find it hard to believe that anyone who is writing for a major gay publication would have never heard of the Bear community. I live in a relatively small town in Missouri and even I have heard of the Bear community -- and I first heard about it about 10 years ago. If this book were originally written in 1992, I might have believed it more and been more forgiving.

    The main character of the book seems so out of touch that I found it hard to relate to him. Elements of the book were rather enjoyable, like the store that he went to work for after leaving the magazine. Other parts, like certain stereotyped personality types, tended to throw me off to the point of not finishing the book. If you are a bear, you might even find some of the dialog off-putting. Maybe I am missing something by not finishing, but I was hoping for something more from this title.

    Does this mean that you will not like this book? After looking at many of the reviews on Amazon, I'm pretty sure that I am in a minority. I think that I may be more critical than most readers/listeners. You may like it, but if you were a friend of mine asking for my opinion/recommendation, I would suggest you give this book a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomato Red: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell, Megan Abbott (foreword)
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother, Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks, that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be. Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere....

    Jacki Flynn says: "Wonderful narration!"
    "West Table, MO"
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    Welcome to West Table, MO. Not to be confused with West Plains, MO. If you are from West Plains, as I am, it is easy enough to recognize many familiar sights. It is a thinly veiled attempt to conceal the source of the wealth of colorful characters in this novel. If you look it up on the map, it is near Dora (Dorda in the books) and is 17 miles from the Arkansas line. The only thing that has me stumped is Venus Hollow. I don't know if that is Koshkonong or Cooterville.

    The book itself drew me in with the first rambling paragraph. I was hooked on not only the very vivid characters, but also the amazing way that Woodrell is able to turn a phrase and flip it from something mundane into a beautiful work of prose.

    My only disappointment with this novel was the way one of his characters met their end. I guess I was not expecting this to be a murder mystery.

    Having said all of that, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1320)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Good, but not great!"
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    Let me start out with this: I liked this book a lot. The reason I gave it a 4 rating instead of a 5 is because of the way the narration was done. I know it was the same as all the previous books in the series, but it was seriously distracting the way some of the voices were voiced by different actors. I know what they were trying to achieve, but somehow it missed its mark. Another sticking point for me is that while some of the voices were voiced by different actors, it was not consistent all the way through the book. In some places, the main narrator would read the parts that SHOULD have been voiced by the actors. The effect of this is a jarring distraction to what should be a smooth sail through the story.

    I will say that this book had a great storyline and the way a new hero was introduced was very well done. I didn't know what was going on and was actually surprised by the hero and their abilities. I felt like I was learning what was going on right with the characters. This is a difficult thing to successfully pull off and I was impressed.

    I am not sure where this series is going, but I have liked it a lot and will continue to read them as they come out!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9782)
    Performance
    (8783)
    Story
    (8945)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "One Narrator!!"
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    What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? I would simply like to say that I am excited this book has moved out of the realm of stage-play and into the beauty of a true audiobook! FINALLY!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16241)
    Performance
    (13501)
    Story
    (14126)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Not for me?"
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    I'm just going to say, right up front, that this book was probably not written by someone like me or for someone like me. I had too many women in the office tell me that I simply had to read this book and they think I will enjoy it. Well, I am here to say that I did not. In fact, I didn't finish it....

    And let me tell you why...

    It was not written for me. I am here to tell all the men in the world that this book is not written for you. If you know anything at all about alternative lifestyles and are open about sex and sexuality, this book is not written for you.

    Sorry that I had to give it a bad review and pull the numbers down. I can't limit my reviews to just what I like, right?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Pfeiffer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy-this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her. She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her one 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible.

    Frank says: "A fun spirited, yet lacking book for the everyman"
    "Funny & True"
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    Okay, so how do you write a review on a book about pregnancy written for men? I'm sure the author was thinking almost the same thing. So, what did he do? He made it fun. Unfortunately, I am not as talented as John Pfeiffer.

    The author goes through many of the things that you might go through step-by-step. He throws in humor and makes it all about DON'T PANIC! His helpful hints have already given me a lot to think about and prepare for. He also gives practical advice on what is important and what is not important. (The book should have come with a handy PDF of important points and checklists!)

    The narration of Mike Chamberlain is excellent. If you listen to the sample, you will know exactly what you are getting. He is perfectly matched on this one!

    If you are one of the chosen few who are expecting, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4177)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3514)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "What Just Happened?"
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    When listening to a John Grisham novel, I often ask myself where he is going with it. This book was no exception, but I actually let my guard down and didn't see the end coming at all. It was comforting to know that he can still kick me when I'm not looking. If you like Grisham's novels, this one is worth your attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (681)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Fun with a twist of mean!"
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    I enjoyed the world that David Kushner painted and enjoyed even more the way Wil Wheaton brought it all to life (he is an extremely talented narrator and if you have not listened to anything else he has narrated, you are missing out in a big way). I spent many lonely and bug-eyed nights playing Doom and its many sequels. I admired the way I could actually download a game and play it for free. I loved killing the demons and then being so hooked that I had to buy the whole game. This is what I loved about the first portion of the book: hearing about others and their experiences with the game. Then we moved on into the in-fighting and the clashes of personality. I was okay with that too. But when they got to the point where they split off and were no longer able to work together (big shocker for such big personalities), I kinda lost interest. I finished it, but often found myself daydreaming instead of listening. But, I will put that squarely on my own shoulders. I found myself psychoanalyzing these guys and trying to put them back together the way they were when they first started. I rooted for the lone programmer whose brilliance behind the keyboard drove the success.

    I liked this book. It was a fun primer for the uninitiated (like me) in the story behind the rise, descent, and ultimate destruction of id!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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