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  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  • My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and pleasant

  • By 22Wonderful on 06-12-17

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Where does If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in my top ten books. Great flow, incredibly useful info, I love Mr. Alda's narration of his own work, and best of all - the whole narration is an example of the things he's learned and endeavors to impart to the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the anecdotes best - by using them Mr. Alda not only demonstrated his point on communicating with them, they helped solidify the lesson into memory.

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

This book would make an interesting documentary! I don't think I'd be able to give it a tag line to do it justice.

Any additional comments?

This is essential listening/reading for anyone who needs to communicate better - in short, all of us. Notably, though, medical professionals who often forget that the people they treat don't have the same medical background they do and who do damage through miscommunication. I also recommend it to anyone on the autistic spectrum or anyone wanting a tool to help someone on the spectrum communicate better.

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,343

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • passable, standard scifi tropes... blah

  • By Jayho74 on 09-01-16

Even Grandma wanted to know what happens next!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Any additional comments?

I usually listen to audiobooks when I drive, and when I have passengers with me who don't mind listening along, I brief them on the story to date and off we go. With this particular book, everyone was upset when we reached our destination and had to turn it off. They wanted to keep listening!

The story is a good, engaging start to an interesting space military sc-fi story. I didn't tumble into any plot holes and I never had to stop and question what was happening or the veracity of the characters. I picked up the next book as soon as this one finished.

I do have one gripe, and it's with the narrator. Mind you, he does an excellent job and I enjoy his sound. It's the way he does the female voices that bothers me. The dialog uses words that come across as gutsy, sometimes teasing, but he almost makes the women sound like fainting southern belles. It wasn't enough to trip me up, but those were the only times throughout the book that the little editor in my mind reworked something.

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  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,783

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously?

  • By James on 10-04-15

Ugh.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this to a friend if I knew they liked characters with emotional stutters, the way I would recommend sub-par junk food to a friend who would eat anything as long as it was junk food. The main character stayed on step one of her emotional development through the entire thing, and any time the subject was brought up, she just repeated herself. There was a lot of repetition, from the tea to the "I'm a vegan and you're a vegan and everyone's a vegan!" to the same level of worry over the gargoyle no matter how bad he got. Nothing changed.

What three words best describe Julia Motyka’s voice?

I can't describe it in just three words so I'll describe it in three points.

It was strangely flirty at the wrong times - when meeting the older tea shop owner, for example. The scene was written normally, but the narrator made it sound like the two women were coming on to each other.

The reading also lacked proper emphasis - not enough here, too much over there, as though the narrator didn't know how to emotionally react to a variety of normal and extraordinary circumstances. Something was off about the voices of the teenagers, as well.

She read with a smile. Through the whole damned thing. You know when you're on the phone with someone and you can hear them smiling when they speak? Exactly like that, no matter what was happening in the story. Making a smoothie? Smiling. Teenager breaking in? Smiling. Murder mystery? Smiling. Can't find the book and worrying about a living gargoyle being bound, sentient, in stone forever? Of course, read with a smile.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

As it is, no. Not a chance. This book is the written equivalent of those cheesy Hallmark movies on daytime t.v.

Any additional comments?

I was almost tempted to buy the last book in the series to see if Dorian is saved because I love the little scamp. He's the only good thing dwelling between these pages. But reviews are not the greatest for either of the next two books, so I'm abandoning this series. I feel that if I read a spoiler somewhere that says he is or isn't saved, that will be enough for me.

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  • An Unattractive Vampire

  • By: Jim McDoniel
  • Narrated by: Drew Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902

After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile, also known as The Cursed One, The Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors, awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he's just too ugly. Modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, Guts and lots of laughs!

  • By Aaron on 08-27-16

Entertaining for All Sorts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simon, with his hobbies and ever-ready hatchet was my favourite. I don't think the book could have been the same without him! He was an entertaining character.

What about Drew Campbell’s performance did you like?

Mr. Drew read with such... affectedness! It was such a scream! It gave resonance to the sparkly, self-important vampires with their rules and dress codes and perfectly symmetrical faces. He also kept the voices straightly organised and never missed a beat when switching from character to character.

Our narrator for this story gave absolutely everything inflection and I felt it worked marvelously. Certain parts I realized I would have read differently had it been the voice in my head, but both ways are equally funny.

If you could rename An Unattractive Vampire, what would you call it?

An Ancient's Guide to Sorting Out the Vile Sparkles of the Modern World After Having Slept for Hundreds of Years

or,

How to Vampire. Properly.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in light-hearted vampire humour, for anyone needing entertainment without emotional investment. I thoroughly enjoyed it on my commute. It was brightly told and brightly read.

That being said, I do have a gripe or two. One being Doctor Lord Whatshisname's action at the end. It didn't come with any explanation. I have a good guess that's probably right on the money, but I didn't like the way it wasn't written in. The other is about Simon. Everyone seemed to get something or change a little except for Simon. He remained his usual quirky self. I would have been happier to read that he at least experienced some joy at what he and our main Undead now seem to make their hobby. He could have had a bit more depth of character if there'd been some sort of emotional reaction to how things settled at the very end. I feel a bit as though he's Pugsley Addams - an interesting part of the scenery, but part of the scenery none-the-less.

He's still my favourite, though, hehehe. :)

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,361

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

Could have been good, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Would you try another book from Frank Herbert and/or the narrators?

From the author, maybe one day, though I've read reviews saying the next books in the series are pretty dry. From the main author, yes. I thoroughly enjoyed his voice.

Any additional comments?

I'm returning this book. I just couldn't get into it, and a big part of that was the odd narration. The main narrator was wonderful, and I enjoyed having different people for different characters, but sometimes the main narrator was doing everyone's voices and the sounds and the accents for each character was completely different compared to the other person who would sometimes do the voice. It left me confused several times. I had to keep rewinding to get a better grasp on what was being said.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Stayed Interesting Throughout

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

What did you love best about The Bear and the Nightingale?

I loved how easy the author made it to step into the cold, dark woods of Norther Russia, how immersive and real the experience was, as though instead of peering into a snowglobe and watching, we were instead in the swirling drifts among the trees, breathing the same air.

I also loved Vasilisa's stubbourness, hehe. It would not have been an enjoyable story if she had always done as she'd been told. She's a good female protagonist. I appreciated especially the ending and the choice she made, probably because I wanted the same and would have been heartbroken had it been any different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vasilisa's brother who stood by her until the end was my favourite. :D I admire his bravery and loyalty. It brought a feeling of comfort and relief every time he believed in her when everyone else turned away.

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

Her voice was low and smooth, velvet like smoke. It was a perfect match to the setting, and to bring to life the creatures that dwelt just beyond the awareness of the woodfolk. She gave the characters voices with emotion that brought to life their faces as they spoke.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful