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mathmac

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2009

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  • Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)
    • Narrated By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.

    valerie says: "Quirky"
    "Humanism vs religious intolerance"
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    Almost never do I enjoy a narration of a book by the author. Guess I am spoiled by the stage-trained skills of people like Simon Jones and Wil Wheaton. Herb Silverman's reading of his book is not very great. But the content is funny, touching, and illuminating. I didn't know him before listening to this book but I learned a lot. This is an intellectual look at our politics and culture, mixed with the attempts of Silverman to bring a little light and education into the discussion of religious/political interactions. It is well worth listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (574)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Another fantatic Scalzi"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) the most enjoyable?

    10 stars to the producer. I don't know how they could involve so many great narrators in this wonderful story ... but it was great. And the main narrator, Will Wheaton, does a wonderful job, too. Pair that with a great story and I need more than 5 stars for my recommendation!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (464)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "Another great Scalzi"
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    What did you love best about The B-Team?

    Fun, engrossing Scalzi book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the humor combined with technical aspects... and, in this one, the individual dealing with politics of chain of command.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with No Name

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marina Chapman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest. So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend several years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself. At around 10 years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her as a slave to a brothel. Beaten daily and groomed to be a prostitute, she escaped - to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid.

    mathmac says: "True story of a lady with lots of spunk"
    "True story of a lady with lots of spunk"
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    Always, it is hard to understand why people stay in abusive situations. Somehow this incredible story left me with more understanding of why that can happen. I loved how the author rose above the problems. It just felt like it left off abruptly, choosing to keep private the next, happier, chapters of her life as she met her husband and had her own children. Perhaps she will write those chapters eventually ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "Another superb Sawyer story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Illegal Alien to be better than the print version?

    Well-read audio books are ALWAYS better than the print version. It adds another dimension of pleasure to the work....


    Any additional comments?

    The story is unique and plot development superb. Fascinating to read/hear. Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7914)
    Performance
    (7526)
    Story
    (7535)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Wonderful science based story"
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    The premise reminds me of an annotated Swiss Family Robinson that I read years ago. I loved the clever problem solving! And the characters are developed so well that I was "on the edge" all the time. I look forward to more Andy Weir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kathleen Karr
    • Narrated By Carmen Viviano-Crafts, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Libby Dodge is in a place she's never been before: prison.

    mathmac says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    If you could sum up Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful production.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free?

    Don't have a particular one. Perhaps the historical notes on the prison system.


    Which character – as performed by Carmen Viviano-Crafts and the Full Cast Family – was your favorite?

    Most of them were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    We enjoyed the production and also the historical notes afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "one to avoid"
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    Would you try another book from Libba Bray and/or Libba Bray?

    I don't know.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Libba Bray?

    The problem was more than the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been a clever idea. But the sophomoric sex/body stuff was intolerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1639)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Skip this one"
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    What would have made The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 better?

    Bosch is hunting serial sexual predators. Tthis book has too much violent sick sex stuff for me. We chose it because Michael Connelly writes well and we had liked a previous Harry Bosch story but --not this one..


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill is an excellent narrator. Connelly is an excellent writer. The story is not one I cared to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (2972)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Delightful and Different"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narration is excellent


    Any additional comments?

    After enjoying Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, we tried this one ... both books are takes on our culture's acceptance of aliens, but the dialog here is even more humorous and has a depth that is wonderful. I have become an instant fan of the narration skills of Wil Wheaton. He is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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