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julie

julie and the kids

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  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "a raw view of illness"
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    This is written in the first person. It explores through an intimate narrative, a writers struggle with the gradual loss of dignity, as he battles degradation and humiliation by cancer. It is candid, and eloquent, but not for the faint of heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

    kswift says: "Captivating!"
    "a boy's devotion"
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    It's a rare find - a book with a story that touches the human element in all of us. Told from the 'boy's point of view, and true to his language and idioms of the South, there is a Mark Twainesqueness about its storyline. If your child appreciates reality based books, and character development, this has it. A good listen, even for adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Key: An Alex Rider Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Alex Rider of Point Blank is back in another hair raising adventure. Although the 14-year-old has escaped great dangers and has twice saved the world, he now faces his most perilous foe. A Russian man with a huge grudge against the free world has a nuclear weapon and is threatening to use it. It’s up to Alex to stop him.

    julie says: "Good book"
    "Good book"
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    If you could sum up Skeleton Key in three words, what would they be?

    Good story


    What other book might you compare Skeleton Key to and why?

    Point blank because that was the previous book


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes this one compares well


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I could not wait to hear what happened next


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (694)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "an insiders view of the evolution of amazon"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Stone and/or Pete Larkin?

    certainly i would, it was well researched


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    perhaps it is because Mr. Bezos prefers to remain an enigma, but it would have been a more enjoyable book if we learned more about Mr. Bezos.


    What three words best describe Pete Larkin’s voice?

    very well paced


    Do you think The Everything Store needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    it needs a follow up book, based on Jeff Bezos, and not so much the company itself.


    Any additional comments?

    The early television ads set forth by Amazon.com, came at a time when many of us could not grasp what this company would become, and come to offer us. Mr. Bezos' ideas were a decade ahead of what anyone else could envision, and after reading this book, you'll come to understand how a visionary thinks and how their accomplishments can bring the rest of us up to their speed. Truly an interesting read, just to see how the company faced it struggles, and persevered with true grit to become king of the hill. It takes you through more of an understanding of the organizational behavioral strategies it faced and how it continued to reinvent itself. A very good read for someone interested in this uniquely positioned tech/ consumer goods company.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "a fatal insomnia"
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    Where does The Family That Couldn't Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the top books i have listened to on audible


    What other book might you compare The Family That Couldn't Sleep to and why?

    epigenetics


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    well researched, up to date, and narratives that bring you to understand the lives affected by those afflicted with prion disease.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    a fatal insomnia


    Any additional comments?

    a unique historical perspective on a rare inherited genetic disorder that strikes its victims with symptoms of a lethal insomnia in their most productive years. Also, tied into this narrative of the familial disease, is its link to the prion disease of mad cow, or CJD. The research documented by D.T. Max, brings to light cases of individuals affected by CJD that has occurred in the U.S. and the U.K. which can only be explained prions from contaminated beef. That the threat still exists, and human cases are being suppressed by the USDA, should make anyone concerned about the potential impact of circulating prions in our beef supply.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ordinary Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Simone Tetrault
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she's so ordinary, easily becomes the 14th assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace.

    julie says: "Blair likes it"
    "Blair likes it"
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    Any additional comments?

    My 8 year old listened to this book - it seemed to be riveting for her. She didn't want to put it down and listened to it constantly, through dinner, on our walk, riding in the car, and even lying in bed before lights out. Only books like The Secret Garden, A Wind in the Door, and Anne of Green Gables have elicited a similar listening intensity for her. My daughter is eagerly awaiting the next children's book from M.M. Kaye. Narration is vital for children's audiobook versions and from listening to this preview I immediately appreciated Simone Tetrault's lyrical voice and pleasant reading pace.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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