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P. Hawley

Hollis, ME USA | Listener Since 2004

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  • 10 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 525 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (331)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Good material. I wanted to like it."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the material. I've seen Brian Greene on Nova and read one of his other books, but I could barely get through this book.
    It's probably just me, but I can't stand this narrator.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7390)
    Performance
    (4394)
    Story
    (4427)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Smart, fast paced, rings true"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great techno-thriller. I recommend this highly. I expect online gamers would get a kick out of the premise and some of the characters. Thankfully there is a sequel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13545)
    Performance
    (11892)
    Story
    (11943)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Loss of continuity"
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    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    I love this series of books, until now. Splitting the story into multiple books that are occurring on concurrent timelines is OK if the books are released at the same time. Waiting years to find out what is happening to the other characters sours the experience.


    Would you recommend A Dance with Dragons to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book until at least the next book comes out. I think there must be at least 2 more books coming. One that is supposed to be concurrent with this one, and hopefully, one that ties the 2 books together. Reading this now is probably a waste of time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I normally love having the same narrator for a series of books, but this narrator has arbitrarily changed the voices for the characters from earlier in the series. I hate his choices for this book. The continuity of voice and characterization are ruined.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. This is a partial story, and I'd wait for the full story. I hope that's only a couple of years off, but I'm afraid that the HBO series is the focus, and it's years behind this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been a great series until falling into the muddle that is this production. This audio book should be redone to restore continuity with the previous books, but I doubt that will ever happen. The paperback version is a better choice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12102)
    Performance
    (10992)
    Story
    (11018)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Slacker becomes a hero"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a fun book. There was the occasional reference to pop culture such as Star Trek and Scooby Doo, but these matched the nerdiness of the characters. Mostly it was a mystery. Our slacker protagonist becomes intrigued by oddities of his building and enlists his neighbors in his investigations. And just when you thought you had it figured out, something new and odd pops up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim the 'retired specialty book publisher' was great. Part Father Confessor with beer and part MacGyver--"I read it in a book I published."


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

    The narrator does a great job of giving each character a voice and maintaining the proper pace.


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

    I lost sleep over this book--meaning I was listening to it when I should have been sleeping, but it was worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to have to check out the author's other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10271)
    Performance
    (7715)
    Story
    (7760)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Not very good fantasy. Probably good bodice ripper"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I agree this is Twilight for adults. After hearing one character call the other brave over and over again, my stomach starts to churn. I want more plot and some resolution--even in a series. I give the narrator credit for a good job, but you'd have to pay me a lot to listen to another of these books.


    Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is not fantasy. I like fantasy.


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

    I never would have made it to the end of this book without her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    Lots of the ones where the heroine goes on and on and on about how she can't live without him.


    Any additional comments?

    Please put this in the bodice ripper category.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barry Michels, Phil Stutz
    • Narrated By Phil Stutz, Barry Michels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (165)

    A groundbreaking book about personal growth that presents a uniquely effective set of five tools that bring about dynamic change. The Tools offers a solution to the biggest complaint patients have about therapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Phil Stutz and Barry Michels employ an arsenal of techniques - "the tools" - that allow patients to use their problems as levers that access the power of the unconscious and propel them into action.

    Jennifer says: "You Owe It to Yourself to Try"
    "It's up to you..."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Tools?

    It gives you practical tools for dealing with your troubles.


    What other book might you compare The Tools to and why?

    What color is your parachute? Both books give you tools for facing your future and advocate finding a higher purpose to give your life more meaning. You don't have to believe in God to seek meaning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Vinny clutching the doctor like a life preserver. On the one hand he deserved his mess, but on the other hand he had the good sense to return for help.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The visual image of the mall as the pit of ultimate evil. I completely agree that one does not fight a war by spending money at the mall, and a society that does not sacrifice to make the world better is sick.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm planning to buy copies to give to family members. It should be great for dinner time discussions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4986)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1873)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Thirteenth Tale the most enjoyable?

    The two voices matched the style of this story perfectly.


    What other book might you compare The Thirteenth Tale to and why?

    I can't think of any other book that compares to this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "The biography of a great dog"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful audio book. The narration is great, and the author does a terrific job of telling the story of Merle's life. He clearly spent a lot of time researching the ways that dogs communicate with each other and how they relate to people. He and Merle clearly benefited from his efforts--and it makes for interesting listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11005)
    Performance
    (6197)
    Story
    (6246)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Well read and interesting story."
    Overall

    I loved this story. Some reviewers have disliked the description of Pi's life in India, his family, the zoo, his religion(s) as too slow and/or irrelevant, but I loved it all. I found the differences and similarities between his life and mine interesting, and when all of that is swept away and he's trapped in a life boat with a tiger, I was completely hooked.
    I loved the narrator's voice, and I will probably listen to this again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Qur'an: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bruce Lawrence
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Few books in history have been as poorly understood as the Qur'an. In this audiobook, the distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur'an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith and assesses its influence on today's societies and politics. Above all, he emphasizes that the Qur'an is a sacred book of signs that has no single message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not quite enough"
    "A few glimpses with historical context."
    Overall

    I like the historical context, but I find the citations of chapter and verse useless in an audio book. The citations seem to jump all over during the course of the book--I think to make various points, but I'd prefer a little more detail on the history and fewer citations.
    I suspect it's just me, but I can't stand this narrator. I just realized I've listened to him before in another book, and I barely finished that book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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