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Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1560)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Exciting and disappointing at the same time"
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    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As a seeker of truth I was excited about this book because it's written by a scientist who's world view was changed by the NDE experience, and while I enjoyed reading it and had many "yes" moments while reading it and found many things that resonated with me, I was very disappointed by how little information there was there about God and our universe. He kept saying that there were many lessons and I kept thinking "Okay, he must get to them in the next chapter", but he never did. What were the lessons? What was the knowledge that he received there? I understand that he was stripped of his identity and probably didn't ask any questions that an average human being would ask given the chance, and yet he said that he did have many lessons, but why did he not get into it? That's the stuff we want to know!


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9324)
    Performance
    (8543)
    Story
    (8553)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Love it on so many levels"
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    I absolutely love this book. It's complex, intriguing and mysterious. And I love love the performance. David has done such a great job! David - if you are reading this - this is the best performance of a book IMO. Well done!! I look forward to listening to more books performed by you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15673)
    Performance
    (12974)
    Story
    (13609)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Love the book, don't love the performance"
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Liked the book - the story and development of characters, but didn't like the performance at all.... In fact, after listening for a couple of chapters and decided to stop and get the printed version. I thought the voice of Ana was good, but Mr. Grey was super stuffy and unnatural. I would recommend reading this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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