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Lurene

Avid reader with eclectic tastes - I know what I like!

Chemainus, BC, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24118)
    Performance
    (18060)
    Story
    (18116)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Superb and Riveting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. The story is compelling and complex, characters are fascinating and fully formed, and the entire book leaves you hungry for more.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the rest of the series! I read this before watching the television series. Though the first season series was excellent, the book was even more exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "A Giggling, Investigative Journey to Better Health"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drop Dead Healthy to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so it would be unfair to compare. However, I love a book read by an author when they convey their tone, voice and meaning so well. A. J. Jacobs does all that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drop Dead Healthy?

    "I want it, I want it, I really, really want it!" I still laugh when recalling this section.


    What about A. J. Jacobs’s performance did you like?

    He has a self effacing, wry sense of humor while still conveying his interest in the world and willingness to give new things a try.


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

    I love that the author.'s wife and kids, and friends and family, are willing to "play along" when he thrusts new experiences upon them. Funny as it is, it also shows how much they care about him and the things he tries or embraces. And in doing so, he broadens their horizons, too. Not always for the best, but definitely broader!


    Any additional comments?

    More, please, A.J.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joel Stein
    • Narrated By Joel Stein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The smudge looked suspicious. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" Joel's reaction? Pure panic. "I pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing." And so begins Joel's quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a 24-hour shift with LA firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, and engaging in all sorts of other manly activities.

    Lurene says: "A Hilarious Journey to "Manhood""
    "A Hilarious Journey to "Manhood""
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    What made the experience of listening to Man Made the most enjoyable?

    The wry humor combined with the authors own narration.


    What other book might you compare Man Made to and why?

    Anything by A.J. Jacobs - they share an interest in expanding their horizons while limited by their own foibles.


    What about Joel Stein’s performance did you like?

    The resolved intonation of his delivery and the admiration I felt at his willingness to poke fun at himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Joel: For man's sake, give dogs another chance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9989)
    Performance
    (9294)
    Story
    (9294)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "So Painfull A Listen I Couldn't Finish It"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe comic and video game fans, though it did seem insulting to them, as well.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

    Predictability.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration came off smug and whiny - at odds with the described protagonist.


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

    Nope. I could barely take the first 45 minutes and then had to quit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6158)
    Performance
    (5471)
    Story
    (5469)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Lush Visuals, Compelling Story"
    Overall
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    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, very high.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so engrossing, that I found things to do that would enable me to listen without stopping. The visuals are so rich that the story plays out like a fully-formed movie in your mind. I loved the characters, the mystery and the beautifully structured story. I look forward to more of Erin Morgenstern's amazing work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dev Patnaik
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what's going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new.

    Kathleen says: "Great ideas badly read"
    "Insightful and Fascinating Read"
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    Would you listen to Wired to Care again? Why?

    Yes. Many useful and encouraging insights.


    Any additional comments?

    In a world where most companies now compete on a global scale, the ability to exercise compassion and care for customers, coworkers and competitors alike distinguishes a business. "Wired to Care" provides concrete suggestions and perspectives, in addition to valuable case studies. I purchased this book for our company's senior managers to read and we immediately added it to the company library so all coworkers could benefit from the material. Any small improvement in the landscape of human compassion is a giant leap forward for all human beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Amelia Gray
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A blazingly original, electrifying mystery of love and loss from the haunted imagination of Amelia Gray. In the dead of winter, David, a retired dentist in an unnamed town in Ohio, is pretty sure his wife, Franny, is dead. But he can’t quite figure out what killed her or why she had to die. Disoriented by grief, David struggles to unravel these mysteries - which become increasingly baffling when he starts finding a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden around his home.

    Invisible Lizard says: "Experimental Fiction"
    "A Confusing Mish Mash that Goes Nowhere Fast"
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    What would have made Threats better?

    A viable plot with a resolution that didn't devolve into insanity.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, the premise seemed promising but the execution was lacking. Gray managed to convey the sense of confusion and madness of the protagonist but with no clear outcome, leaving the reader dissatisfied and wanting so much more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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