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Robin52000

Silver Spring, MD United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 61 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (603)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Grace says: "Great book. Very illustrative."
    "surprisingly interesting"
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    For a free book, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book felt relevant and interesting. I found that the vocabulary used to explain relationships helped lend a new perspective to an old dynamic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Fifty of the world's greatest classic short stories: 1.The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant 2.The One Million Pound Banknote by Mark Twain 3.The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling 4.The Fly by Katherine Mansfield 5.The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe 6.My Favorite Murder by Ambrose Bierce 7.The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe 8.One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry 9.Regret by Kate Chopin 10.The Nose by Nikolai Gogol 11.The Mezzotint by M. R. James 12.The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

    Mountain K9iner says: "A Good Choice"
    "Disappointing production"
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    This audiobook has no meaningful table of contents. There are 50 short stories but the ToC has 57 chapters, each named in the enlightening fashion of "Chapter 1, Chapter 2... If you are in the mood for a particular story, good luck finding it. I went in to the publisher's description on audible.com, copied/pasted the list of stories into Word, added automatic numbering to the list and printed it out in order to have some idea of how to find an author/story. Even this isn't foolproof, since for example, story #47 is on chapter 54. As this is a book of short stories, I do not want to be forced to listen in the publisher's order, but wish to be able to select what to hear based on mood, time available, and family members present.

    The narration is okay - not to my taste, but not bad. Cathy Dobson has a clear voice but a hypnotic rhythm. This makes it easy to become distracted.

    The stories, while all by famous classic authors, are somewhat repetitive in theme (what I have listened to so far, that is). I was only familiar with some of the stories prior to purchase, and the publisher's description consists only of a list of titles/authors, with no hint as to a central theme. Had I realized that so many stories consisted of the dispassionate narration of characters killing and/or torturing other people/creatures without remorse, I would not have purchased this for my family read-aloud time.

    7 of 11 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
    (10671)
    Performance
    (5898)
    Story
    (5942)

    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"
    "started as 1 star, ended at 4 stars"
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    It took me a long time to get engaged in this one. I particularly disliked the vivid descriptions of how carnivores kill and eat their food. Slowly, the story pulled me in, but I wasn't sure I'd stay with it at first. I did like the way the author concluded the story with an alternate explanation of the events. It made me revisit the different events of the story that I took more at face value as I read them, and see them in a new light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2816)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2141)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "especially nice to read on kindle + audio combined"
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    I read this years ago when it first was published, and remembered liking it but couldn't remember anything else. Now my son has to read it for school, so it motivated me to re-read. Usually I just go with the audio book since I like to listen while walking outside. But for this one I got the e-book as well as the audio. Since there are a number of words that are in "Lapine" or rabbit vocabulary, it was nice to be able to pause and check the glossary any time. It also prevented me from questioning myself as to whether I misheard a certain word or name, or if it was just an unfamiliar Lapine term. The story is great and the reading is excellent -- I particularly liked the accents the narrator used when voicing the characters who weren't rabbits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: That's Not What I Meant: The Sociolinguistics of Everyday Conversation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated By Deborah Tannen
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The following series of lectures draws on linguistics, or the scientific study of language, to show the many ways in which language has a profound effect upon human relationships. These lectures address the various aspects and implications of what Professor Tannen calls "conversational style". It also looks at the dynamics of specific situations such as the workplace and classroom where the role of conversational style is of particular importance.

    Mr Conway says: "Helpful Perceptions, not Scienctic Study"
    "okay"
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    Although I am a fan of Deborah Tannen's books, and I have enjoyed attending lectures she has given, I was disappointed in this series. There was a lot of repetition, to the point where I kept thinking I was listening to a record that was skipping and stuck on the same sentence. I'm not talking about expounding on a topic or rephrasing it, but rather an almost verbatim account of the same sentences. Based on this, even though I am interested in the subjects she writes/talks about, I would hesitate to get another one of her audio lectures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (132)

    Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.

    Maria says: "Hits all the right marks"
    "informative and fun"
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    Michael Drout's enthusiasm and love for the subject made this series a lot of fun. I plan to listen to the lectures again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4885)
    Performance
    (2282)
    Story
    (2294)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Absolutely wonderful"
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    The minute I finished this book, I wanted to start over. Narration was excellent, story was gripping, characters so fully developed...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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