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  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "some repetition but great subject"

    I'm already a big fan of his take on the world, so accepted the following two issues you might need to be aware of: 1)There are occasional repetitions. 2)The scientific citations, easy to gloss over while reading a paper page, aren't served that well by the listen-only format--not that gripping... But what interesting material!! The style is overwhelmingly anecdotal,so it's not that challenging to follow. He explores the interplay of brain anatomy/function and the musical ability or appreciation--how they influence each other.His fondness for the people whose stories he tells is clear. The narrator is quite good, I thought.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "raunchy, brilliant, absolutely entertaining"

    This was my first Christopher Moore book--I'd give the narrator 5 stars for how hysterically he voices the characters (and tears into Moore's strings of wild invective). You don't do such a book for its plot or its characters---they serve the telling of the story, and it is superbly done.
    This version of Lear's plight is recounted by Pocket, the court Fool; here are the king, daughters, witches, bastards, storms and betrayals-but tweaked by Moore's fevered mind. There's also Drool, the beef-brained, sweetly innocent sidekick, and a sympathetic Ghost. Moore's language is so artfully deployed, it's a joy just to listen to the sentences. (The curses alone set a new standard.) There's lots of "shagging" and "rogering", so not for prim sensibilities. (Anachronisms occur, all to humor's end.)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "superb-better than reading the book"

    Having read The Kite Runner as a book, I got this audiobook for a trip as a good bet. I absolutely loved the narration, powerfully read in a voice which sounds far more authentic than the voice in my head was with The Kite Runner. (I loved learning how one pronounces "Afghanistan," for one.)
    Usually, I listen while driving. With this,I began to wear headphones all around the house, conjuring up chores to do while listening---I can't imagine anyone who liked KR not enjoying this audiobook tremendously.
    I hope the narrator shows up again on Audible....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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