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  • The Panic Virus

  • A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
  • By: Seth Mnookin
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

The Panic Virus is a gripping scientific detective story about how grassroots radicals, snake-oil salesmen, and cynical journalists have perpetrated the biggest health-scare hoax of all time. It explores what happens when the media treats all viewpoints as equally valid, regardless of facts, from parents who are convinced that vaccines caused their children's autism to right-wing radicals who believe that climate change is a myth

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY!!! The truth about the vaccine scare

  • By tara on 06-18-13

Finally a Logical History on Vaccines and the Media

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

This is the first time I have come across a well documented, factual look at vaccines that doesn't try to manipulate your descision with emotions and hate toward science. Thank you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Are So Undead to Me

  • By: Jay Stacey
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Penny on 06-15-09

Jay Stacey, NOT Stacey Jay

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Got this book despite the plot sounding less than ideal for my tastes because I've enjoyed Stacey Jay books. Don't get mixed up like I did - this is Jay Stacey! Silly mistake.

This book was entertaining for a YA book, but sooooo annoying when the main character constantly makes the same mistakes over and over again (eg "Im the only one in the world that can solve this problem and I shouldn't discuss it with anyone else first"). I could hardly stand to finish it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • A Company of Swans

  • By: Eva Ibbotson
  • Narrated by: Patricia Conolly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treat

  • By James on 05-12-09

Narrator absolutely RUINED it for me. Aweful!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

I was hoping I could bear with the narrator, Patricia Conolly, on this one and eventually get used to her, but some of her character voices are simply AWEFUL. Her children's voices sound like bratty whiny mice; the kind of voice you would use in a comedy to get a big reaction. But worse is her voice for the main character Ruth. I don't know if its because she is trying to do an Austrian accent, but it is just annoying, sluggish and unattractive. It makes it nearly impossible to like the character. Even her regular 3rd person narration was difficult to stay focused with. I've listen to over a hundred audiobooks and this makes it onto my very short RUINED list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tiger's Curse

  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!

  • By Farryn D on 07-23-11

TERRIBLE Narrator brings out the worst!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

What would have made Tiger's Curse better?

This audiobook was probably twice as long as it needed to be. The narrator speaks soooo slowly. But that is not the worst - she pauses mid sentance CONSTANTLY and adds emphasis to words that were not meant to be emphasized. It is SO annoying! In her efforts to make the characters sound different from eachother she even makes one sound exactly like my autistic cousin. Just weird.

As for the book itself, great plot with a lot of boring writting. It feels like the author is more interested in impressing you with her great knowledge of India (or planes, or food, or antelope, etc), than she is in telling the story. Do I really need to know an entire paragraph of details - inlcuding the difference in size between male and female antelope just because a tiger is going to be hunting them for like 10 seconds of the book? I like non-fiction books, but this is a rediculusou combination.

Would you recommend Tiger's Curse to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they are going to read it, and then I'd warn them to glaze over the unneccesary descriptions... a lot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri ’s performances?

NEVER

5 of 7 people found this review helpful