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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,399
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,238

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 plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Compelling and adventuresome

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I work in science, but I’m not an engineer. Besides a gripping story of survival there’s lots of science and math to keep the other half of your brain occupied. 2 Thumbs Way up!

  • Mother Nature

  • Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
  • By: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Maternal instinct - the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children - has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking audiobook, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial role in human evolution. Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths to demonstrate that traditional views of maternal behavior are essentially wishful thinking codified as objective observation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • life-changing book, awful speaker

  • By Martine De Biasi on 11-16-18

Content >> Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Love this book. However, I found the narration excruciatingly flat. Could barely concentrate on the material & ended up switching to reading a hard copy.

  • What the Dog Knows

  • The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
  • By: Cat Warren
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with an engaging story

  • By Lill Veronica Bongo on 05-06-15

A cadaver dog?

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Very interesting discussion of how college professor who loves dogs came to find an appropriate avocation for her high strung Singleton German Shepherd with very poor social skills. I always wondered how people came to do this kind of volunteer work. I love dogs myself, but never considered the possibility of turning one of my dogs into a working dog. Her discussion of the rigor of this work is inspiring.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Plague

  • A Medical Thriller
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Marilyn Ghigliotti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

A lethal pathogen appears on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Dr. Samantha Bower of the Centers for Disease Control is handed the case and asked to investigate its origins and containment. Samantha discovers a lethal pathogen unlike any she has encountered in her lifetime. Extremely contagious with a mortality rate higher than any disease ever recorded, it is an extinction level event. A man with an intimate knowledge of the microorganism offers her help. But Samantha Bower begins to suspect he is not who he says he is.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish.

  • By Belinda on 04-15-17

Nice story, interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Would you try another book from Victor Methos and/or Marilyn Ghigliotti?

Yes. I enjoyed the story once I decided not to dwell on medical inaccuracies.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Mispronounciations ("filling" from the plane instead of "filing" from the plane). Inconsistent Aussie accent. Were the lesions "pustules" or "papules"?

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

I would see the movie if it had one of my favorite actors.

Any additional comments?

The author should listen to his medical advisor more closely. Have the advisor listen to the audio script as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful