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Leigh

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (3122)
    Story
    (3140)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "(AKA "The Republican Handbook on Women")"
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    Amazing book --made even MORE amazing by the incredible Claire Danes narration.

    This book is nearly prophetic as our country tiptoes closer and closer to a theocracy. No one would have believed you in 1985 that in the 21st century OUR country would be redefining rape, would legislate unnecessary invasive medical procedures against women who want to control their own reproductive rights, or would argue about protecting women from violence because such legislation protects the "wrong" type of women (?)... Surely by the 21st century, such things would be seem outlandish and Orwellian!

    Little did we know, that in 2013 we are not that far from a Gileadian future.

    Listening to Ms. Danes bring this book to life made it nearly impossible for me to pause the narration... I didn't want the book to end..

    This is a must-read for every woman --and man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

    Kathleen says: "Just okay."
    "So good to hear from dear old friends"
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    These characters are like dear old friends.. It's always great to hear how they're doing and what they've been up to... Thank you Mr. Maupin for getting us caught up... Always good to hear from my dear, old friends from Barbary Lane...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26946)
    Performance
    (13577)
    Story
    (13625)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "AMAZING!"
    Overall

    This book is SO well-written and superbly performed by the narrators --I felt like I could actually see it all taking place. I don't know how badly Hollywood is going to mess up the big-screen adaption of this book, so DEFINITELY listen to this audiobook before you see the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17607)
    Performance
    (13472)
    Story
    (13416)

    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"
    "A Must Read --I mean, MUST LISTEN!"
    Overall

    Color me impressed. I always thought she was talented --NOW I KNOW how VERY talented she is. If you sorta like her, read this book: You will fall in love with her. If you already love her, then this book simply seals the deal! I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

    Robert says: "Good Info"
    "Bart Ehrman never disappoints"
    Overall

    Excellent book! Like his other books, this one is just as informative and enlightening --it's kind of like brain food! Definitely a must-have to your audiobook library.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Bailey, Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived "enemies" and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.

    Vincent says: "Inside looking out."
    "And the puzzle pieces fall into place..."
    Overall

    I still don't understand how or why people get sucked into her cult of personality. I guess if you're an evangelical it makes sense: (You already believe it batsh*ttery theology, so why not blindly follow Sarah?) And as you will learn, the Palin-bots (her campaign workers/staff) and the Palin fans-- are ALL evangelical Christians.
    Frank Bailey is no mental giant and schemer. This really isn't an "O-woe-is-me-Sarah-deceived-me" attempt to make tons of money --although, he will. This book is simply his story from his experiences and more importantly --from his email correspondences with Palin!
    I have to say I came away from this book being amazed at how media savvy Sarah Palin is. I don't equate this savviness with the standard/commonly recognized definition of intelligence. She has some odd social intelligence. She knows how to manipulate the average, unread, uneducated, ill-informed American citizenry into loving her.
    Read this book and get some insights into the Cult of Palin --and then be sure to vote Democrat in 2012!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (553)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    Overall

    Michael Shermer is a very smart man. He gives great interviews and speeches --but that doesn't mean he should have narrated his own book. (Just because you CAN read doesn't mean you should do it aloud.)

    The production is kind of shoddy too --you can hear pages being turned; he mispronounces a few words and slightly stumbles over others; and then there's the obnoxious use of music that is used to introduce and end chapters.

    Aside from those flaws, it's a very informative book. Like I said: Shermer is a VERY smart man and he does a very thorough job of presenting his research and material. I would recommend it.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (477)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "The battle over bird dung? Really?"
    Overall

    Did I really need to know about the battles fought over bird dung? The inordinate amount of time spent on detailing the battles fought over this was mind numbingly boring. I would recommend the ' other book "The Demon Under the Microscope" --it was much better.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2005)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "30 minutes into it and had to delete it"
    Overall

    If you loathe children (like I do) then having to listen to a "child" narrate this audiobook is akin to nails on a chalkboard. I avoid children whenever possible --they are loud, annoying, and obnoxious. (Granted, if they had better parents who would/should/could control them, it probably wouldn't be so bad --but alas, this is never the case.)

    Apparently the latest trend in audiobooks is to have multiple narrators "act" out the book --and in some cases this works. "The Passage" by Justin Cronin had multiple narrators --but only for specific sections and only for specific characters --and it worked for me. This book just made my skin crawl --and NOT in the good way.

    I deleted this book from my iTunes library after 30 minutes and just wish I could get a refund.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    You've eaten too much candy at Christmas...but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses...but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover...but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present - as only he could.

    jenn says: "For his fans..."
    "He should be read, not heard"
    Overall

    Horrible narration. He narrates like he has cerebral palsy. He's no David Sedaris... And after this book, I'm not going to waste my time (or my Audible credits) on another book of his.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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