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  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (666)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "Interminable; tarnishes first 2 books' brilliance"
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    I devoured Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, fascinated with their brilliant and prescient creation of a dystopia in the near future. I was greatly looking forward to MaddAddam but was sorely disappointed in every way. The plot just ran out of steam, dragging on interminably about characters' prior lives. It also started to pile up a massive amount of gratuitous violence, repetitive and pointless. I also did not like the two main narrators. They both sounded like very annoying voiceover artists; they probably ARE voiceover artists. The woman reading the part of Toby sounded like one of those treacly female voiceovers in a laundry detergent commercial. The man reading the part of Zeb sounded like the growly, deep male voiceover in a futuristic action movie starring Bruce Willis: "In a world . . . Where humanity faces extinction . . . One man . . . Can save them . . .". That got really hard to take after five minutes or so. My recommendation is if you are hooked by the first two books in the series, check this third book out of the library, or sit and glance through it at Barnes & Noble without buying it. You can speed read the plot to see what happens, whereas with an audiobook you are forced to sit through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1846)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable trip"
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    It is hard to describe the structure of this book. It's not exactly what the publisher's summary might suggest. It is rather like going on a journey with Jon Ronson as he is pulled bit by bit into learning about so-called "psychopaths," one experience leading free form to the next. It was really pleasurable to watch his thought process develop from each incident or interview. Along the way we are exposed to the Hare checklist for diagnosing psychopaths, towards which Ronson conveys a respectful skepticism. The author reads the book himself, which can be a recipe for disaster, but his inflection here is droll and keeps you listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1266)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Slow start, but I fell in love with this book"
    Overall

    It took me a few hours to get hooked on this book, but once I did, I couldn't stop listening. Franzen is a keen, on-point observer of American culture and politics, but also of the intangible, illogical, and overpowering things that make up relationships of all types. I especially found the ending powerful and moving.

    I also loved this narrator. I thought he hit the voices and cadences just right, even the Indian girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Bodhipaksa
    • Narrated By Bodhipaksa
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (27)

    Mindfulness has been shown in clinical trials to be an effective way of reducing stress. It is a form of focused awareness that helps to prevent the runaway thinking that gives rise to physical and emotional hyper-arousal. The two meditations in this audiobook help us to develop this transformative quality of mindfulness and to practice acceptance of our present-moment experience in a non-judgmental way - in particular, with their emphasis is on learning to "be comfortable with discomfort".

    Julia says: "Very relaxing except for the very end"
    "Blissfully soothing voice"
    Overall

    I love Bodhipaksa's voice, which has a soft Scottish accent. The narrators of many meditation CDs have voices that eventually grate on me, but never this one. It always relaxes and calms me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (711)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Boring and trite"
    Overall

    As other reviewers have mentioned, I feel badly giving a pass on this audiobook, because it is well-intentioned. But I feel this was a waste of money, and wanted to warn others away. I honestly could not get through even half of it, I was so bored. There is a whole chapter on the author agonizing over whether to spend the time apart from his wife and family to do the last lecture; I had to agree with his wife that he just should have skipped it. Football coaches, astronauts, stuffed animals at carnivals to get the girl -- to me, it was cloying and trite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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