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Mediamaverick

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2011

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  • 119 titles in library
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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2865)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Loved the book and performance"
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    Would you listen to Orange Is the New Black again? Why?

    Prompted to listen after watching series on Netflix. Needless to say they bear only slight resemblance to one another but both excellent. What I took away most from this memoir was the humanity of those incarcerated and the utter failure that is the U.S. prison system.

    Well worth listening to. Campbell's narration adds another layer of nuance and empathy as the prisoners' stories unfold. Overall a moving and thought-provoking experience.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Allison Brennan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Lucy Kincaid has firsthand experience dealing with deadly criminal predators, and she’s fully prepared to share her many talents with the FBI. But when her career plans are derailed, her boyfriend, security expert Sean Rogan, asks for help on his latest private investigation. Using her well-honed cyber-hunting skills, Lucy is soon on the trail of a missing teenage girl with a penchant for disappearing—and a shocking secret life.

    Jennifer says: "Great Story, loved the characters!"
    "Not great"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Plot was predictable and not particularly engaging. Lucy's relationship was a non-starter and should have been left out. It added nothing to the story.


    What could Allison Brennan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    ditch the relationship


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't have a favorite


    What character would you cut from Kiss Me, Kill Me?

    her boyfriend


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cath Staincliffe
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor. She’s put in the time and seen it all, but has no desire for the boss’s job - she loves her own too much. Rachel Bailey couldn’t be more different - she’s energetic, impulsive, and ambitious, and has just been transferred to the Manchester murder squad.

    Lynne says: "Three fascinating women"
    "Really enjoyed this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead to Me to be better than the print version?

    I was drawn to listen after enjoying the television series. I wasn't disappointed. The story is well-crafted and I found the narrator to be a delight. I'm sorry that there aren't more to choose from in this series...at least not in the U.S. (yet). I hope to hear more from both this author (and narrator) in the near future.


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

    She is wonderfully with the various characters...she truly brings the story to life with memorable accents, intonations, and expression. I really think the narration helps make this book the wonderful "read" that it is.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27620)
    Performance
    (21420)
    Story
    (21628)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "This book loses it's way"
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    What would have made Mockingjay better?

    An actual plot. This book feels like it was written merely in order to cash in on the success of The Hunger Games. It's plot is disjointed, the characters lose their soul(s) and purpose and the writing is dull and listless.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A well-written crime novel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Well the narrator didn't have much to work with but she was far too "old" sounding for this book. She also seemed to be trying a tad too hard...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that it was so poorly written


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2715)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Excellent book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to be better than the print version?

    I first read the print edition of this book when it was first released in paperback, but when I saw that Cassandra Campbell narrated the audible version I decided to purchase and listen (again).The story is fascinating, though troubling. I'm glad the Lacks family has finally been given some input into how her cell lines are used going forward after they came to an agreement with the NIH this past summer.The book is both a fascinating chronicle of scientific research but explores the issues of health care access and attitudes toward individual privacy, an issue of increasing import in today's world.I absolutely adore Campbell's narration and found listening to the book a second time around an equally satisfying experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wouldn't really call this book a "story" as it's a much more complex narrative than such a term implies. It's both an exploration of a woman's difficult personal history and the intersection of that history with an ongoing evolution in genetic research. It's the juxtaposition of the two elements that makes it a particularly powerful work of non-fiction that's both heartbreaking and compelling.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For me, Campbell's narration is wonderful in terms of both range and nuance. Turpin was fine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Henrietta's story made me sad....she had a tough life and died a very sad and painful death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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