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Anonymous Hippopotamus

Indianapolis, IN
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  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,932

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

How good is this book?

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Any additional comments?

How good is this book? So good that after 10 years of happily being single I just signed up on a dating web site. Why? Because after finishing Get Well Soon I decided that if I could have unlimited access to the mind of a person like the author it would make all the pain and trouble of being in a romantic relationship worthwhile.

That's right, this book made me believe in love again.

Wish me luck!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The True Meaning of Smekday

  • By: Adam Rex
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

When 12-year-old Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, shes not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens called Boov abducted her mother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, exciting, and fun. Mesmerizing narration.

  • By Anineemoose on 06-16-13

This reading was incredible!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

What would have made The True Meaning of Smekday better?

If Bahni Turpin could narrate my whole life! She did an amazing job on this book.

Has The True Meaning of Smekday turned you off from other books in this genre?

Off? Heck no!

How could the performance have been better?

By cloning Bahni Turpin and then she could narrate 2x as many books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amazing Business People - Volume 1

  • Inspirational Stories
  • By: Charles Margerison
  • Narrated by: Amazing People Club
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Business makes the world go round. This unique audio collection from The Amazing People Club explores the lives of four amazing people who all enjoyed global success in a variety of ways. Get an insight into the life of Henry Ford, the man behind one of the biggest car brands in the world. Born on a farm, Henry's journey took him to Detroit, where he built the first mass produced vehicles - the Model T, the Model A and the system of 'Fordism'. His talent for invention and machines was inspired by other amazing individuals, including Thomas Edison.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fatal flaw

  • By Anonymous Hippopotamus on 01-08-14

Fatal flaw

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Any additional comments?

The bios are told from the point of view of the person themselves. The fatal flaw in this is that the person will, by necessity, not dig into unpleasant areas of their history. I gave up on this recording very early when Henry Ford glossed over the issue of anti-Semitism.

It ends up being not biography (even the light bio / inspiration the author was going for) but rather shallow hagiography.