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Kirstin

I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (360)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Wow! I was really impressed with this book!"
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    If you could sum up Fingersmith in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps you reading! I did not want to put it down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sarah Waters has a brilliant way of setting a landscape and of nurturing the subtleties of relationships as they blossom. The story is so vivid!


    Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! I love Juanita McMahon's performances! She is one of the best audiobook narrators I have ever listened to. She does distinct and different voices for all the characters. It really brings the book to life. Wonderful!


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

    The twisting tangling story of two women trapped in a scheme and at odds with their own desires.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best novels I have ever read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Sloan
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "I delivered twenty babies in the summer of 1977. I was hardly more than a baby myself, just turned 24 and starting my third year of medical school." So began Mark Sloan's three-decades-long exploration of the wonders and oddities of human childbirth. Pediatrician, husband, and father, the author has attended nearly 3000 births since that long-ago summer, encountering everything from routine deliveries to tense labor-room dramas.

    Kirstin says: "Humble perspective from an experienced doctor."
    "Humble perspective from an experienced doctor."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the way that Dr. Mark Sloan gives you a glimpse into his own experiences and thought on pregnancy and birth. As a doctor his story of being humbled by the experience of birth was wonderful to hear about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Birth Day?

    I loved all the history of birth in this book. I especially loved the story of who preformed the first the first C-section. There is some really great tidbits of historical information in here.


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

    There were a few moments when I felt overwhelmed with the emotions of the birthing stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Sloan does a beautiful job of illustrating the evolution of birth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (407)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    CAT says: "Text book"
    "Very Interesting"
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    What did you love best about The Brain That Changes Itself?

    This book offers up a lot of really great information about brain plasticity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The over all message that we do have some power in changing the way our brains work. There are many uplifting tales of people with enough will and dedication overcoming extreme hardship by changing the way that their brains are wired.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Clear spoken and good pacing.


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

    There were many actually, but I don't want to give too much away... spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-conception Through Birth, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rachel Pepper
    • Narrated By Angela Ellis
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians covers everything you need to make the thrilling and challenging journey to motherhood: from choosing a donor to tracking fertility to signing the right papers on the dotted lines. Rachel Pepper's lively, easy-to-read guide is the first place to go for up-to-date information and sage advice on everything from sex in the sixth month to negotiating family roles. Why a second edition? When the acclaimed first edition appeared, the author's daughter was only a few months old. This new edition takes into account the parenting know-how Pepper has developed over the intervening years.

    Kirstin says: "Very Helpful!"
    "Very Helpful!"
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    Where does The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only read two pregnancy audiobooks so far, but I thought that was extremely helpful. Not the best audiobook I've ever read, but well done for the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I own the paper copy of this book, which does have charts and graphs and a little more info than the audiobook. However, if you are no the run like me, the audio version is very helpful. Giving lots of info to help inform the process from conception to birth.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Ellis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Lesbian seeks baby.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1133)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "This series blew me away!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Neuromancer to be better than the print version?

    I don't own the print copy, but I can say that the narration is quite good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Razor Girl AKA Molly. She is strong independent and kicks ass!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That is hard to say. I like many scenes and these books unfolds as and interracially woven tale. All parts together make an amazing whole. Although on that note if you like the Matrix there were many moments that had me thinking that the guys who wrote the Matrix stole half their material from this series. There are wonderful characters and description of futuristic cities.


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

    I'm not good with tag lines, but I can say that if you have been experiancing pop culture/sci-fi television and movies that have come out since these books publications you have seen the impact that this series had on the collective. This is the seed. It is a must read in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    You will love this series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

    D. Littman says: "very interesting, very peculiar popular science"
    "I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Moved to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure because I have not see the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Moved?

    Being an organic gardener with an interest in looking at the garden as whole. I found the info about the worms lives and different types of worms very interesting.


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

    Good narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in all one sitting. Mostly because I listen to most books that way. It was by no means a page turner, but it was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to any gardener. I have read wicked plants, wicked bugs, and the drunken botanist. Out of all the Amy Stewart books I have read this was my favorite. The information is helpful and interesting. It also tends to turn away from her normal writing style which often sounds like she just took an encyclopedia and reworked it into her own book. This book gives you some more hands on info and a diverse look at the different kinds of worms and how they make an impact on various environments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Logic: Book 1 of Elemental Logic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurie J. Marks
    • Narrated By Anita Roy Dobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Earth - Air - Water - Fire These elements have sustained the peaceful people of Shaftal for generations, with their subtle powers of healing, truth, joy, and intuition. But now, Shaftal is dying. The earth witch who ruled Shaftal is dead, leaving no heir. Shaftal's ruling house has been scattered by the invading Sainnites. The Shaftali have mobilized a guerrilla army against these marauders, but every year the cost of resistance grows, leaving Shaftal's fate in the hands of three people.

    Kirstin says: "I love Laurie J. Marks!"
    "I love Laurie J. Marks!"
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    Where does Fire Logic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fire Logic and the entire Elemental Logic series have been some of my favorite books. I was very happy to see an audio version of Fire Logic. Rereading this book took me right back into the lives of some of the most wonderful characters I have ever encountered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karis or Zanja it is a toss up and together they break my heart. Emil is also a wonderful character. I love the descriptions and the landscape that Laurie J. Marks paints. It is so vivid at times I can almost feel the frosty morning in Shaftal amongst the misty fields.


    What about Anita Roy Dobbs’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was pretty good over all


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

    It is hard for me to pick one moment in this book. There are a few I can think of that pull on my heart strings. I don't want to give away any spoilers here.


    Any additional comments?

    Laurie J. Marks has a particularly wonderful way of blurring the lines of gender and sexuality that we see in our own society. Within her worlds she normalizes sexual preference and takes what would be considered gendered specific characteristics and allows her men to be healers, and care takers and her women to be warriors. It is seamless and beautifully done. Creating a world with much more freedom for expression than our own society allows. I would love to see the other books from this series in audio format. As well as Laurie's other books. She is a fantastic writer and I very much enjoy the worlds she weaves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (235)

    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

    Ann says: "Bought this three times, worth every penny"
    "An honest, humorous and inspiring journey"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great read. Chris Hadfield speaks candidly about his life and journey towards space. There is humor, honesty, humility, and deep sadness. I found that I was inspired by his determination and dedication to his dream of becoming an astronaut.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a book about a man's life. I would say my favorite part would be the descriptions of what it is like to be in space. The way it changed his perspective on life on earth. As well as the over arching tale about how life is about the journey and not the destination.


    What about Chris Hadfield’s performance did you like?

    Chris was a wonderful narrator. I like it when authors who are well spoken read their own works. It often give a sense that you are just sitting down having a cup of coffee and listening to a friend tell you the story of their life.


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

    There were many. I won't give them away here, but I had tears in my eyes during a few parts of this book. And at other points I was smiling wide.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in space, but I would also recommend this to anyone looking for a different perspective on life. Not all of us have the clear goals and determination that Chris Hadfield does, but even for those of us that wander through life this book is a great reminder to take a moment and remember that this is our journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Devil in the Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By Dan Starkey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Madame Vastra, the fabled Lizard Woman of Paternoster Row, knew death in many shapes and forms. But perhaps one of the most bizarre of these was death by snow.... On a cold day in December, two young boys, tired of sweeping snow from the workhouse yard, decide to build a snowman - and are confronted with a strange and grisly mystery. In horrified fascination, they watch as their snowman begins to bleed....

    Kirstin says: "I want more of the Great Detective!"
    "I want more of the Great Detective!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun read for those out there that love Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax. I am really hopping to see more books about them or even perhaps a spin off show.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Devil in the Smoke to and why?

    This is a light read. Fun, entertaining, but something that even a child could listen to. I don't know exactly what other books I would compare it too.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Starkey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Dan Starkey's other performances, but I loved his narration!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I listened to this book all in one sitting. Then I listened to it again the next day just for fun while I was cleaning the house.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this fun and entertaining book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1215)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
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    If you could sum up Gulp in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating! Entertaining! Surprising!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Mary Roach's work. I have read all her books, but I have to say I was a little hesitant to read this one. I didn't know what to expect. Could the digestive system really be that interesting? Would I just be grossed out the whole time? I decided to jump in anyway. I was not disappointed. I think Mary Roach's genuine fascination with the world creates a contagious atmosphere of awe. Many time through out the book I found myself thinking "Wow! that is really interesting." Her style of writing also has a certain light hearted joy to it. Making you almost feel like you are there with her while she is sticking her whole arm into a cow. A spectator to a good friends adventures. I was also not grossed out at all. Well maybe a little bit during the saliva part, but in general I was not. I even ate lunch a few times while listening.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Woo Zeller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and I love the way she narrates!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I found the most interesting part to be getting a larger perspective on what people believe about the body. Every age it seems has it's thing. Today it might be Gluten intolerance, but 100 years ago it might have been bosom snakes. Self diagnosis run amok no matter what period you live in. Also a perspective on what science and medicine had to say. It is really amazing to see things from a larger scale. It really puts todays beliefs in perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend reading this book if you like Mary Roach! You will really really enjoy it!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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