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Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.

Rostrevor, Australia | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 530 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2015

  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated.

    Kate says: "Cornwell in good form"
    "No longer at the same standard"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Lorelei King?

    I would definitely listen to Lorelei king (though this is probably the weakest reading of hers that I have heard), and will probably try Patricia Cornwell again - though this title puts me off a little.

    Would you recommend Red Mist to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not really recommend Red Mist. It has interesting ideas within, but I found it a little plodding in pace. This may be in part about the nature of the story. The conflict is a little emphemeral and the climactic scene seemed to me to come from nowhere and be resolved by the time you realised it was happening.
    I also found Kay Scarpetta as the narrating character a little annoying in a way that has been occasionally present in other books, but not to the extent I found here. A lot of passages waxing about why what she is choosing to do is right and good. Some of what she does in this story is simply not the right, reasonable or helpful thing to do, because even if your only experience of law or forensics was Cornwell's books, it would be clear that Scarpetta was compromising the case and herself. This would be okay if someone in the story at least mentioned it and some kind of convenient reason was invented (I found myself thinking of several convenient excuses), but instead we have legions of people acting like the sort of behaviours that Scarpetta herself has criticised in past books are not ridiculous, but to be encouraged. And as it goes on, she continues to take a moralising tone to what she sees.

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

    I'll separate this into two parts. Early on, I found myself thinking that King's performance felt a little less interesting and perhaps a little less polished (slight accent slips) than previously. A few pronunciations seemed odd, but this doesn't bother me too much as I find that pronunications of scientific procedures and terminology often vary from country to country (and sometimes even from discipline to discipline within a country) - though late in the last half hour, the word "Collegey" (rather than college) seemed to be a genuine slip.
    My second thing to comment on in the Australian accent late in piece. Okay, I'm Australian so I may be hard to please on this, but it really felt like a copy of other people's faux Australian accents rather than a real attempt at the accent.

    Was Red Mist worth the listening time?

    For all that I've said, it was *okay*. Just lacklustre.

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Amanda says: "An Unexpected Gift."

    Others had recommended this to me, but I was still surprised by how brilliant this was. Just outstanding. The writer gets the "voice" (and the narrator, the voice) right every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Maria Bamford

    Almost an hour of hilarious stories told with characters in her inimitable, idiosyncratic style. Maria Bamford is well-known from her two Comedy Central Presents specials, two critically acclaimed and strong-selling albums, her role in The Comedians of Comedy, and in Fox's series Sit Down, Shut Up, from the talk-show circuit, and from extensive touring.

    Murray says: "More great stuff from the Bammer."
    "More great stuff from the Bammer."
    Would you listen to Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome again? Why?

    I'd gladly listen to Unwanted Thoughts syndrome again (in fact, I already have). There are some great laughs in here.

    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Maria Bamford has been at the top of her game for many years now - this is comedy how it should be done. Great insight and seamless integration of character pieces with other thoughts.

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

    It made me laugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies

    He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.

    Bryce says: "Is he really a writer????"
    "Extraordinary story"
    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've heard or read.

    What did you like best about this story?

    There's a lot to love about this story. I was not a particularly fervent fan of tennis or Agassi in particular, but this was an excellent story that really gives you an appreciation of the very normal, very human aspects of those in elite competition. To hear how many people who make their work look effortless are battling every day was a revelation.

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

    A story of hating tennis. By one of its greats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - Free Version

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    Bonnie says: "Sell to Tribes not Crowds"
    "This is a self-help book, not psychology"

    I should say firstly that I got the free version of this book, and don't know whether that varies from the commercial version (the lengths seem to be the same). I'm grateful for the freebie, especially as the commercial version was on my Wish List at the time.

    Reviewing the publisher/Audible description now, it is not misleading, but perhaps my wishful thinking (having read the fantastic Predictably Irrational), bestseller status (and my poor interpretation of what that would mean) and placement of this as a Psychology book made me expect much more of a research-based consideration of human groups written for a general audience, or at least a greater focus on some of the names mentioned in the blurb.
    This book is actually of the Anthony Robbins/Zig Zaglar style of business/motivational books. I do think that these have their place, but it is not at all what I was expecting. Apart from brief (one-two paragraph) mentions of case studies (such as the names mentioned in the blurb), this is entirely the author's leadership philosophy. If you want someone to tell you why you should be a leader, buy this. But don't buy it if you wouldn't buy a book called "Why YOU Can and Should Be A Leader".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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