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Kristin

As a stressed out professional, I like having someone else do the reading! I read non-fiction and the classics.

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2319)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (406)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Entertaining Pop Science"
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    Secretly we all wish we were 'above' this sort of book. Let me admit that would have been a mistake. I really enjoyed this book. Unlike singly focused non-fiction, presenting loads of information provides a unique context to how we got from being star dust to human beings and just how unlikely it is that you (or I) were even born.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4766)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1426)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Disappointing--well read"
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    A very narcissistic woman with a great life cries on the floor of her bathroom before dumping it all for an all expense paid trip to Italy, India and Bali. Tough, eh? In the end reality bites (read the bio to figure that out). I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a novel. It is disappointing to realize how truly self absorbed people think the rest of us want to know more about their trivial troubles. But the number of people that bought it speaks for itself. Excellently read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (119)

    Spanish Phase 1, Units 6-10 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Robin says: "Still the best I've found!"
    "Good way to quickly learn a new language"
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    I assumed all the advertisements and such were hype, but I have to say, this really worked for me to get a good general working Spanish. I've tried others and Earworms is good for travelers, Rosetta Stone is a flop. This is the best I've tried so far.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (674)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "An all time low"
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    Just when I thought a favorite author couldn't sink any lower after "Next", Michael Crichton proves me wrong. For someone who has written some of the most creative books and had some of the most brilliant movies produced from his books, its sad to see him produce a silly piece like this that harkens back to the bad b-movies like Empire of the Ants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1485)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Entertaining AND Educational"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drunkard's Walk the most enjoyable?

    That I learned about misconceptions I never knew I had.


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

    Gain the history and inner knowledge of the random


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect the history lesson. It made what I thought might be a boring topic very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master and Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mikhail Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

    beatrice says: "Baffling and original"
    "Narnia for Russians? May C.S. Lewis forgive me."
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    Would you try another book from Mikhail Bulgakov and/or Julian Rhind-Tutt?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dostoevsky, White Nights


    What three words best describe Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

    Amazingly perseveringly energetic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A book designed for bedridden children that cannot escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only imagine my love of Russian literature made this a 'recommended' book. It's likeness to the C.S. Lewis Narnia is only in the fact that it is a slog to get through. Sadly, it bears no resemblance to the Chronicle's brilliance. It's simple-minded plot is dressed up with mind numbing tomfoolery clearly meant to entertain small children. Even I admit I read Harry Potter and Narnia as an adult. The difference is I don't regret it. What a waste of time that could be spent on good Russian literature.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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