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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,523

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Neil at His Best

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book is full of wonderful retellings of ancient Norse myths. Neil lends his unique mastery of storytelling to these well-researched stories and brings them to life for a modern audience. Listening to Neil narrate his work is a treat, since he speaks as well as he writes.

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  • Pets on the Couch

  • Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
  • By: Nicholas Dodman DVM
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with obsessive-compulsive disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism - these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine, which emphasizes the similarities, rather than differences, between animals and humans. Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them - and for our mutual bonds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Oliver Sacks of Vets! Brilliant!

  • By Gillian on 08-28-16

Surprisingly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I was expecting a book more about animal behavior. This book ended up being largely about how the mental maladies of animals can be treated with medication, similar to how we treat human mental dysfunction. Still, the stories of bizarrely-behaving animals, paired with the insistence that animals have emotional lives similar to humans, made for a very enjoyable listen.

  • Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

  • The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
  • By: Kate Summerscale
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts - and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane - in her diary. One day Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella's entries. Aghast at his wife's perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. The trial would be a cause célèbre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Insight Into Victorian Culture

  • By Dracolichking on 01-31-13

Wonderful Insight Into Victorian Culture

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

Reviewed: 01-31-13

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

I have. I am a big fan of the time period, and I felt this book did an excellent job of relating the scandalous tale of Mrs. Robinson while interweaving facts about Victorian England's culture that were surprising and unintentionally humorous in hindsight. The author delves into medical science, psychology, feminism, and religion in a factual account of the beliefs of the time, without putting her own bias on it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mrs. Robinson was such an anachronism, and I couldn't help wish that she could have lived in the 1970s instead of the 1800s.

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

Mrs. McCaddon is a wonderful narrator whose accents help bring authenticity to the people whose words she relates. She keeps it matter-of-fact, but is still interesting.

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

Several, but I wouldn't want to ruin it.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in the history of the time, this is a great way to get into it from an interesting lens. It avoids a dull textbook approach to history. However, it is not a novel, so I might not recommend it if you aren't at all interested in a historical look at the culture of Victorian England.

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