LISTENER

sonja jaffee

  • 10
  • reviews
  • 6
  • helpful votes
  • 42
  • ratings
  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

The pride of New York

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

This biography of a building a community a hospital dedicated to serving all is a paen to
the dedication of the people and ethos that illiustrates the best of humanity.

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,607

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

An engaging period piece

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This story centers on the sort time Theodore Roosevelt served as police commissioner in New York City. N engaging crime story as well it illustrates all of Teddy’s known personality to use unconventional ends to solve a complicated puzzle

  • A Spy Among Friends

  • Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Kate M. on 08-15-14

Betrayal

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

In elegant and biting prose this book embodies not only the betrayal of country and friends the betrayals of complacency , habit and arrogance.

  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Amy Tan, Joan Chen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Touching Story

  • By Casey Keller on 11-02-06

A Life in Full

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you listen to The Bonesetter's Daughter again? Why?

Yes, The Bonesetters daughter was was a subtle and engrossing novel told beautifully in several voices. I would read it again to make sure I caught al the nuances in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bonesetter's Daughter?

The moment that I saw that the disfigured and dismissed servant was the heroine of the story.

Which character – as performed by Amy Tan and Joan Chen – was your favorite?

I can't pick a character this was an ensemble of [people who could love and hate at the same time. Who could act out of spite and united to with love and understanding. it was a very human and lovely story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The heroine
s daughter reading her mothers diary'

  • China Trade

  • The Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Series, Book 1
  • By: S. J. Rozan
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Asian American private investigator Lydia Chin knows New York City's Chinatown, its people, and its ways as no outsider ever could. It's a city within a city, a rich melange of smells, sounds, dark shops, and close-knit families - a world all its own. And in all of Chinatown, there is no one like Lydia, who has a nose for trouble, a disapproving Chinese mother, and a partner named Bill Smith who's been living above a bar for 16 years. Hired to find some precious stolen porcelain, Lydia follows a trail of clues from highbrow art dealers into a world of Chinese gangs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The PocelinMstery

  • By sonja jaffee on 01-29-18

The PocelinMstery

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you consider the audio edition of China Trade to be better than the print version?

No, I read this story years ago and listened this time. The story caused me to recommend this book the audio helped me go through it quickly a second time

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

the plot was a fat moving story enlivened by the banter between two young American detectives,

What about Christine Marshall’s performance did you like?

Like the best readers of audio books she was able to enrich her characters with changes in presentation that kept them distinct to the lustenng ear

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

I laughed the first time in I read it I smiled a few times in this hearing. It is a first novel portraying young people. In the other books in the series the fun is always there but the characters have matured

  • Collapse

  • How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion, and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting subject, not as good as GG&S

  • By Jeff H on 01-15-15

Will Our World Collapse

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes,with the proviso that Collapse was written in 2005

What did you like best about this story?

That choices led to a few ,notable, societal collapses. A few societies chose to make choices that enabled their survivial.

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

No I have not heard Mr. Prichard before.

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

Listening to the book in one sitting was impossible. Collapse was a warning and hopeful in 2005. We've added some good precautions since then and thrown others to the wind. In sum it might be less hopeful now to someone who was not prepared dot fight for ecological truths.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

An Age of Reform Comedy

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Real people are almost treated factually. Everything else is a sendup.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Relic Master?

The ingenious machinations involving and extra Shroud of Turin.

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

No, This is the first one for me.

If you could take any character from The Relic Master out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Undoubtedly Frederick the wise. He sounds like such a nice old fellow.

Any additional comments?

My book club is reading this book based on my enthusiasm.

  • Being a Dog

  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Being a Dog is a scientifically rigorous book that presents cutting-edge research with literary flair. Revealing such surprising facts as panting dogs cannot smell to explaining how dogs tell time by detecting lingering smells, Horowitz covers the topic of noses - both canine and human - from curious and always fascinating angles. As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us appears to a dog's sense of smell, we can begin to better appreciate it through our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Poetry

  • By Joel Geraci on 10-09-16

A new world perceived

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I enjoyed Ms Horowitz's first book enough to buy copies for my dog owning friends. This time I'm extending my recommendations to friends who are doctor's, people with exploring curiosity and those who enjoy examining the world around them. The joy Ms Horowitz takes in exploring the worlds of noses, both of dogs and humans, is too exciting to be missed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Summary & Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Between the World and Me is a letter Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his teenage son, one that describes the tragedy and truth of the black experience, and focuses on what it means to be a child and parent in the black community and how lives are impacted by the inherent racism and societally engrained perspective held by those in power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great supplement to the full writing by Coates

  • By Alan C. Earing on 03-29-16

A gloss of suffering

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

Choose this book if you wish an overview of mr. Coates book. Nuance and his use of language are lost in this abbreviated version. The performance is well done.

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • A George Smiley Novel, Book 3
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel, but not Smiley...

  • By Walter on 03-29-13

The Tale of Our Time

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

A Thrilling and sad story of the amorality of the art of espionage. This book is thought provoking and as relevant today as the day it was written.