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PAOLA

CORTEGLIA, Switzerland | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (532)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Why spoil it all?"
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    Why spoil it all by reading it yourself, Jon? I have read a few books by Jon Ronson and loved them. I watched Men who stare at goats (based on his novel), and was actually surprised by its peculiar take on ESP. But this audio book was a complete disappointment because Jon Ronson decided (or was invited) to read it himself. And he has the most monotonous, slumber-inducing voice I have ever heard. I had to give up, after a few attempts. I think I'll go back and read the paper version. Or try again when this book will be recorded with a different, professional narrator, who can really give credit to the surprising stories told here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under Your Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sabine Durrant
    • Narrated By Tracy-Ann Oberman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty.... Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

    PAOLA says: "Hang in there!"
    "Hang in there!"
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    Don't be put off by the detached voice of the narrator, cold like that of a news reader. Hang in there, and you'll be in for a big surprise. The voice will warm up, the pace of the events increase, and you will suddenly reach a surprising finale. I did not see it coming and that's what I expect from a good thriller. Very satisfactory listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (666)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Too bad it is now over!"
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    I truly enjoyed listening to this audio book, and after listening to over 80 of them purchased from Audible, I can again, after a long time, give a book 5 stars for everything.

    The story is fascinating and carefully researched, the language rich but the pace not heavy or difficult to follow, the author is also the narrator and for once this choice doesn't make you regret not having hired a professional reader. I listened to it, spoke about it with friends and family while doing it, and I am still keeping in mind the names, the story, the ideas on which it is based. Not a shallow way to fill some empty time, on the contrary, a very satisfactory past time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Girl: A Tom Thorne Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Billingham
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    X marks the spot - and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, DI Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious serial killer. It's morbid and it's messy - but it's a mystery with plenty of clues. This is turf warfare between North London gangs. Crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else s patch - and that someone is not best pleased....

    PAOLA says: "A treatment for insomnia"
    "A treatment for insomnia"
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    This might well be the slowest audiobook I ever had the misfortune of buying. The narrator speaks with such monotonous voice, at such slow pace, that I decided to give up listening after a few chapters. These, by the way, have been randomly divided by the audiobook editor, making it impossible for the listener to check out how much is left till the end of the actual book chapter. I only recommend it if you are an insomniac looking for a natural remedy for falling asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "Maybe a professional narrator..."
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    Maybe a professional narrator would have added that little more pizzazz to this peculiar story. Even if based entirely on the author personal experience, I feel that having him read the story rather than a narrator has taken something away from the pleasure of listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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