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pat

Windsor, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne C. Heller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

    Mark says: "Great history of both Rand and her era"
    "Fascinating biography of an icon of my generation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ayn Rand and the World She Made to be better than the print version?

    the audio version brings more life to the story because of the marvelous narration and characterization of Ayn Rand's voice


    What did you like best about this story?

    the skillful manner in which the faults in Ayn Rand's philosophy are exposed, as the author's reasons as to how Rand's childhood experiences formed her philosophy of rationalism.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is reminiscent of that of actress Kate Mulgrew (of Captain Janeway fame). Her husky deep female voice, and the unique emotional quality of her narration, is perfect to tell the story of this famous woman. And perfect also in capturing her Russian accent.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. It was compelling, both the writing and narration


    Any additional comments?

    My first husband was a devotee of Ayn Rand's philosophy and we spent long hours talking about how make it our life philosophy. My husband was completely devoted to these ideas. This occurred at the height of her popularity. I will never forget her impact on our lives. I read all her books. Nevertheless, I had problems accepting certain aspects of her rational beliefs. I will never forget those times and her impact on our lives. This biography is fascinating in the way it presents a very human Ayn Rand and how her charisma convinced so many to worship her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightworker: Understand Your Sacred Role as Healer, Guide, and Being of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sahvanna Arienta
    • Narrated By Sheila Book
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Are you a Lightworker? It is the Lightworkers' mission to lend their light energy to a planet heavy with fear and negativity. But Lightworkers aren't all well known spiritual gurus. They are musicians and artists, shopkeepers, accountants, stay-at-home moms, and people you pass on the street. They share their gifts by speaking out for those who have no voice and they create glorious works of art that beautify our planet or write music that elevates our spirits.

    Jackie Edmeade says: "I understand my role in life..."
    "A great introduction to role of lightworker"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lightworker to be better than the print version?

    no


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

    As an introduction, I would have preferred some more time spent on how ordinary people fulfill their role as lightworkers


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unnatural inflections, sentences with inappropriate pauses, and mispronounced words (for example "ethereal" is mispronounced 3 different ways)


    What did you learn from Lightworker that you would use in your daily life?

    There were many insights and explanations that were news to me


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard for me to respect the content of the writing due to the distraction of the bad narration. The book itself was so interesting, I pushed through the narration so I could finish the whole story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (691)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "A great read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lock Artist the most enjoyable?

    Original story. Excellent writing. Superb characters by narrator. Non-stop entertainment. Hard to categorize. A coming of age story about a rebellious young man who survived a traumatic childhood event. Scary characters, but not too gory. No gratuitous sex. Not psychotic. I loved it.


    What other book might you compare The Lock Artist to and why?

    its an original


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

    absolutely


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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