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Red Emma

Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 45 reviews
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  • 370 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ariel Levy
    • Narrated By Aimee Jolson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig - the new brand of "empowered woman" who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as if it were a sport, and embraces "raunch culture". If male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better. They think they're being brave, they think they're being funny, but in Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy asks if the joke is on them.

    Michael says: "Bad Narrator"
    "We are failing our daughters"
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    First off, I am a dyed in the wool feminist who would probably also be labeled as "pro-sex". Having said that I have grown increasingly worried for our youth (both girls and boys) with the current mainstreaming of "porn culture" in our society. Ariel Levy did a fine job of voicing what I think many forward thinking women are witnessing and maybe too afraid to address fearing to be labeled "uptight" or "prudish". I loved the mixing in of the background of the American feminist movement coupled with the current climate of today. This subject is so crucial to the future of ourselves and especially to girls coming of age. I would love to see a follow up to this book with some ideas from progressive thinking women about how they see us being able to reclaim our female sexual revolution from people such as the Girls Gone Wild bunch. Did that make sense?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sai Goddam, Ogi Ogas
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Informed by 18,000 interviews and bold insight from neuroscientists Sai Gaddam and Ogi Ogas, this groundbreaking study will likely rock many people’s perceptions of what stimulates males and females. The surprising results not only demonstrate people’s needs, but the needs of people’s mates as well.

    Red Emma says: "My-Oh-My!"
    "My-Oh-My!"
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    I don't know if all the theories presented in this book are true but the ride getting to them was sure interesting! Packed full of information about things that have perplexed me for years. And I liked that the authors paid as much attention to information concerning "normal" pornography as well as "abnormal" tastes. Well rounded. If the explosion of internet porn has ever perplexed you or you have asked yourself, "Why would anyone want to look at that?" this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Che: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (50)
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    The year is 1967. Vietnam is in flames, and few realize that a firefight on a jungle road in Latin America is the beginning of a new and secret war. In Bolivia, international revolutionary Ché Guevara leads a band of guerillas determined to liberate a continent. Paul Hoyle, a CIA paramilitary officer, joins a team of operatives sent to crush the Bolivian insurgency. When a recovered backpack reveals that Ché Guevara is in command of the rebels, the stage is set for a duel between world ideologies.

    Richard says: "Should be a movie"
    "Not bad, not great"
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    This book reminded me of a black and white movie from the 50's or the early 60's. The writing wasn't bad and the narration wasn't bad. The "romantic sex" scenes were a bit too pedestrian for my tastes (a lot of "gazing into each other's eyes" and heaving bosom kind of stuff). It is a novel to be sure and not a work of non-fiction. It didn't elicit a big reaction out of me but I also listened to it until the end and didn't think it was horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By T. Rider Smith, Andrew Garman, Mark Nelson
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    Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

    Parola138 says: "Love this book"
    "I've read it twice and listened to it once"
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    It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dharma Road: A Short Cab Ride to Self Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Haycock
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
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    Brian Haycock was a cabdriver - who happened to be a Buddhist. During the course of his career as a cabdriver, he learned that each fare provided an opportunity to learn the life lessons of the Buddha. So, hop in and buckle up; we'll be making several stops on this trip. Here are stories from everyday life that demonstrate how we can all benefit from a little Buddhist philosophy or practice. With each chapter focusing on a specific topic, readers will learn to coast their way to building a life routine, focusing the mind, calming themselves with breathing exercises, and more.

    Thomas J. Housworth says: "Enlightening Journey Down the Dharma Road"
    "Enjoyable Listen"
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    I liked this book. It was a succinct explanation of Zen Buddhism that drew on the author's experiences in real life. Zen is a hard concept to think about sometimes and I liked how Brian Haycock was able to make it very down-to-earth and understandable. He also has a wry sense of humor which I enjoyed while I was stuck in traffic listening to his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (70)
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    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "The title says it all"
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    I stumbled on this as I had just listened to another book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (and loved her voice) and I am also interested in Anne Boleyn as a historical figure. I was surprised to realize that this really is about the "creation" of Anne Boleyn, specifically as she is portrayed in literature, plays and movies. I have never watched the Showtime series "The Tudors" which was referenced a lot and so I didn't have a good vantage point at times to truly understand what the author was speaking about. It was illuminating to hear the evolution of Anne which has been taking place since the early 1800's and to see that there is still a roaring debate even up to this day about who Anne was "really". Anyone who has watched movies or read historical fiction about Anne will no doubt enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Betty Dodson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Betty Dodson's memoir is the story of one woman's struggle to liberate female sexuality while enjoying her own. In the 70s, as the feminist movement evolved, Betty latched on to sexual liberation as a symbol for self empowerment. Realizing that so many women weren't enjoying sex, she asked, "How could women ever be truly equal if they were reliant on men for their sexual satisfaction?" She quickly became the leader of the sex-positive feminist movement.

    Jane says: "Excellent nonfiction about sex."
    "WOW! WOW! WOW!"
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    I just got done with this book and all I can say is WOW! Betty Dodson is truly a feminist, hedonist, sex-positive, artist, bisexual tour-de-force! This is truly one of those books that is making me reexamine how I am going to live the rest of my life. I would make this required reading for every woman in America! And the narrator was FANTASTIC! Her lusty narration and ability to say out loud many of the sexual scenarios without flinching was truly professional and refreshing. Bravo to both women!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
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    (48)
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    (45)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "I really wanted to like this book more"
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    After watching, "Adaptation" I wanted to read the book that was so hard to turn into a screenplay. I now know why. This was a really well researched, historically interesting book which I found well put together and funny at times. Maybe what was ultimately lacking, and that which the author freely admits to, is that she chose to write a book about being passionate about something having never really felt that way herself. And it is apparent in her writing. All the ingredients were there for an awesome book, but it just sort of fell flat. Even with all of the interesting people she met and wrote about. I'm not sad I listened to it (and I thought the narrator was spot on) but overall it was mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (442)
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    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Serious, but not too serious."
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    This book was a little out of my usual meanderings but I enjoyed immensely. My boyfriend is a conspiracy theory nut so it was a nice way to learn about some of the "biggies" in that arena without having to sit in front of a computer for hours mining for information. The author is very funny, as well. A great read when you want something on a serious subject but not too seriously presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bell Gale Chevigny (editor)
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark, Shay Moore
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    Doing Time: For the prison writers whose work is included in this anthology, it means more than "serving a sentence"; it means staying alive and sane, preserving dignity, reinventing oneself, and somehow retaining one's humanity. For the last quarter century the prestigious writers' organization PEN has sponsored a contest for writers behind bars to help prisoners face these challenges. The contest honors the best short stories, plays, essays, and poems among hundreds submitted annually by men and women nationwide.

    Red Emma says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    I recently have found myself writing to someone incarcerated and thought I would listen to this collection of poems and stories written by the incarcerated. I knew there would be some interesting and compelling stories but I was absolutely floored by some of the writing. Really excellent. And the way it was strung together and narrated only added to the experience. I was so sad when it came to an end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
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    (692)
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    (684)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "15 hours of my life I can never get back!"
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    I really wanted to like this book, but as the hours droned on I kept finding myself waiting for something, anything, to happen besides a boring discourse between fictional characters I couldn't have cared less about. I made it through 15 hours and then abandoned it. If you like boring conversations between upper class snobs this book is for you! Otherwise pass on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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