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  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marc Weissbluth, MD
    • Narrated By Paul Mantell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving - and preventing - children's sleep problems. Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles.

    Ona says: "This guy had kids?"
    "This guy had kids?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Use of reliable study citations.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marc Weissbluth, MD again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ok. Hard to do much with the material at hand.


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

    Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the good doctor swallowed a copy of Dr. Spock, and tried to fancy it up. The coup de gras for me was when I looked up crib tents and found that they had been recalled as unsafe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    Charlie Russel says: "The story continues"
    "World Conflict"
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    Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

    Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.


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

    Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.


    Any additional comments?

    Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4077)
    Performance
    (3886)
    Story
    (3866)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Dresden carries on"
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    What made the experience of listening to Skin Game the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters is a master reader, and his performance reading the Dresden files has made the series for me. However, he also has superb material in James Butcher's writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden. The entire series is told in first person from his view, so enjoying this character is essential to enjoying the series. However, Karon, the tough little ex-cop and the coroner are very important to this particular book.


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

    Marsters has a way of reading the story as if he were Dresden -- acting as much as reading. The one time there was a different reader (who was not a bad reader -- he just wasn't Marsters), the change in characterization grated on the ear.


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

    Between a rock and a hard place.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Butcher has pulled off a plot line that places the central character in an impossible position -- yet allows him to pull off a positive ending. One has to wonder if Mab is actually as evil as her public image, because she certainly allows her current Winter Knight a lot of latitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (249)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Looking forward to more"
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    Would you listen to Echoes of Betrayal again? Why?

    Yes. This book continues the story begun in Deed of Paksenarrion. It picks up Kieri's story, and examines the relationship between the elves and humans in the kingdom he has inherited. The pacing is excellent, characters well rounded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kieri and his young wife. They are central to this part of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I like her vocal range and the way she deals with character voices. I will watch for more of her performances.


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

    Spoiler alert for people who have not yet read the book. I was very moved by the moment when the young queen loses her baby, and the realization that food at the banquet had been poisoned.


    Any additional comments?

    The chief attraction in this series for me is the excellent world building and the interplay between characters and cultures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wish It Was Even Longer"
    "The Fat Lady Will Never Sing for this one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Listen to and Understand Opera to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I really could not compare the two. However, if you simply read the work, you would miss out on all the wonderful music clips used throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Professor Greenberg's humorous way of dealing with what could be a fairly dry topic.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

    Now I can't see that this really applies. He covers a lot of territory in the history of opera. Figero is certainly memorable, but I wouldn't necessarily call him a favorite. Otello was also well done.


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

    This question so does not apply to this work.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second "Great Course" audio book performed by Professor Greenberg. He clearly enjoys his topic -- music -- and is adept at couching history in modern terms without getting tooo campy about it. I enjoyed this book and "how to listen and appreciate music" very much. Both added a great deal to my appreciation of music history and classical format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Netherland

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph O'Neill
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Alone and un-tethered, feeling lost in the country he had come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like figure who is part idealist and part operator, introduces Hans to an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

    Darwin8u says: "Get Your Post-Colonial Gatsby ON!"
    "Nether where?"
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    What did you like best about Netherland? What did you like least?

    The best part of Netherland was the character development of the protagonist. I disliked the rambling style. The story begins in the present, but is largely driven by flashbacks and digressions.


    What was most disappointing about Joseph O'Neill’s story?

    I can't say I was exactly disappointed. I read the book to review it, so I had no particular expectations. I simply wasn't impressed with it.


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

    Mays does a nice job of working with this material. His reading is direct and clear.


    Did Netherland inspire you to do anything?

    NOT read another book by Joseph O'neill.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not fond of "slice of life" books, so my review is probably less than fair. However, I simply wasn't impressed with the overall approach. The whole concept of Cricket, the game as applied to "playing cricket" as keeping your dealings in life open and above board in life, seemed a little strained to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (971)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Psychology Turned Into Fantasy"
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    If you could sum up Written in Red in three words, what would they be?

    Understanding personal growth


    What other book might you compare Written in Red to and why?

    Sebastian, another book by Anne Bishop. It has the same sort of gentle sweetness wrapped up in bravado "tough".


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

    I have not listened to Alexandra Harris's other performances. This was a first for me. I was impressed with the way she could introduce voice differences without sounding strained. Since her narrative voice is a light soprano, this is truly impressive.


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

    Yes. And I could not. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my work week.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Anne Bishop's books and short stories that I could obtain. I own copies of the Black Jewels series and the Ephemeral series. Like many of her books, Written in Red seems to pick up on a current social trend -- in this case, cutting -- and examines possible reasons and even an element of solution. It taps into the need for children and youth to make connections with others and to learn useful skills in order to survive. It examines values that are true "inside the tribe" and treatment of those "outside the tribe." At the same time, the plot is fast paced, the characters are believable. Her "others" are not as gritty as Patricia Briggs wolves or Ilona Andrews Edge dwellers, nor as ethereal as Charles de Lint's urban mythic creatures, but they have a charm of their own. Overall, the book comes across as light, playful, yet strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Fears Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "A journey."
    "Not My Style"
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    What disappointed you about Who Fears Death?

    The subject matter.


    What was most disappointing about Nnedi Okorafor’s story?

    I quit reading after the graphic clitorectomy.


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

    the interpretive reading is excellent. You experience the dust, the pain, the rejection. The performance is well done, but I want to escape problems, not wallow in them.


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably a good book for someone else to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Academ's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2171)

    For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

    Eric says: "Wonderful series"
    "Pretty good, but not Dresden"
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    Where does Academ's Fury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Academe's Fury ranks pretty high among the books I've listened to so far. Kate Reading does a masterful job of creating distinct voices for all the characters, and is an excellent narrator/story teller. The story is written in high fantasy style, which isn't my favorite. However, the plot moves right along, and there is plenty of political intrigue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Academ's Fury?

    One of the most memorable moments in Academe's Fury is the fight on the stairs.


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

    Kate Reading's interpretation brings out the pathos of the aunt's love for the boy who is now growing into a man.


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

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction. It is well written, has a good plot line and has a chuckle or two as well as some pathos. But it did not move me strongly.


    Any additional comments?

    It doesn't have the grit of Dresden Files. Which should come as no surprise. It is essentially a regency romance with fantasy elements. It is still several cuts above the general run of similar fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

    John says: "Riddle master of Hed"
    "Riddle Master of Hed"
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    If you could sum up The Riddle-Master of Hed in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical, magical, practical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Riddle-Master of Hed?

    The opening scene when the girl tells off her brother.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Vocal quality, and delivery.


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

    Not yet...but I loved reading it in print.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I loved in print, and I'm sure I will like as an audio book. I keep falling asleep before I get very far, which is indicative of good reader quality. :)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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