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Netherda

Santa Rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 51 ratings
  • 216 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

    Taryn says: "Borgias Brought to Life"
    "Disorganized"
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    Story

    Great reader, but the story is so jumbled it is difficult to follow.
    I couldn't make it even half way through.
    Not worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (412)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Caution - book refers to visual references"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The performance is fine, but throughout, the text makes references to pictures, illustrations and other visual aids which the listener cannot see.
    It's frustrating and detracts from the book. I could not finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Country of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Hisham Matar
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman is caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand, where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen being interrogated on state television.

    Marsha K. Laya says: "In the Country of Men"
    "Outstanding"
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    Performance
    Story

    My 15 year old son and I listened to this book together. It was assigned to him in his English class and I am very glad it was. He's not found of reading much more than the Sports Page, so it was very gratifying to have him want to read the text while we listened to the narration. We were able to talk about the story and the characters in ways we never could have without Audible. The book also gave us a glimpse into a part of the world we know very little about and really peaked our interest. 2 thumbs up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "Un-Plugged"
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    Performance
    Story

    The reader did a great job bringing life to the characters, but a thriller about hair plugs??? Really???
    Not worth time, nor the credit I used to listen to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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