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Brooke Helton

Wilmington, NC
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  • The Point of It All

  • A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
  • By: Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer - editor
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Krauthammer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 433

Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is an intimate collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, political, and philosophical - including never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today’s populist movements on the future of global democracy - this is the most profound work yet by the legendary writer and thinker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By robert on 12-11-18

Always great content. Beautifullly Edited.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

A few years ago I read Things that Matter, and loved how the combination of personal stories and excerpts from Krauthammer’s past writings combined so effortlessly to make both a point and an engaging read.

The Point of it All manages to capture that same magic, and even more emotion with the addition of his son’s preface and closing. What an incredibly gifted and eloquent man. What an extraordinary life.

Definitely recommend this book as well as Things that Matter. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Venomous

  • How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry
  • By: Christie Wilcox
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

In Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today. Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading

  • By Paul on 12-01-16

Perfect read for the perpetual learners

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Christie Wilcox does a wonderful job of mixing scientific information with fun/interesting facts about toxic creatures.

I loved learning the difference between venomous and poisonous animals; how both hematoxins and neurotoxins can vary in their compositions and potency depending on what it’s used for; and how we can harness the power of say scorpion venom, to aid in pediatric brain surgery.

If you’re in need of an interesting non-fiction read, I definitely recommend. Great narration as well.


  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,502

Twenty-two and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in New York City”. Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships - and love - set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

Quick read with good narration.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

While this story did have some flaws (it didn’t delve too deep under the surface of the main character, Tess, or the secondary characters Jake and Simone. For the tertiary characters like Sasha, Ari, Howard and Nikki, and the rest of the restaurant crew - almost no details at all) , it was still pretty engaging.

It felt like a very real restaurant environment, and I did feel the excitement and energy Tess felt being a part of that world.

I loved that the narrator, Alex McKenna, has a scratchy voice. The flow didn’t feel stiff, the pace was great, and it felt as though the characters were having actual conversations- versus dead reading that some audiobooks narrations have. McKenna’s narration definitely made the story better.

Though not my favorite book, still a great beach-read sort of story. I would recommend.

  • The Key (The True Reign Series)

  • By: Jennifer Anne Davis
  • Narrated by: Michelle Michaels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-10-15

Likable Story, Bizarre Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

The flow of the story, character dialogue, and storyline are all great.

My biggest qualm is with the narration. I’ve never listened to any audiobook with Michelle Michaels voicing - and while I do have to give her lots of credit for not being monotone- man, did I find all the sound effects weird.

I think others have mentioned that grating “baby cry”, but I kept hoping the book wouldn’t read “so and so laughed/chuckled/sniggered”, because some of the attempts sounded either cheesy villain or annoying school girl. The accents were a bit uncomfortable as well, but again, credit to her for making them all pretty different.

In addition, there were (unnecessary) breathless effects given, and choppy reading throughout (stops, pauses, or inflections that disregard normal speech patterns).

I fully understand that voiceover acting is probably not as easy as it sounds, (I’m no pro) and who knows what direction she was given when recording this.

In all, you won’t be bored listening, but just know the narration drawbacks.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Educational and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I tend to go on fiction binges (3-4 in a row), but always need a non-fiction read before beginning anew.

The Butchering Art for whatever reason popped up in my recommendations, and never one to turn down interesting historical trivia - decided to purchase.

I was pleasantly surprised how the narration flowed in a very story like manner. It didn’t feel like cut and dry historical facts. The author puts you in Joseph Lister’s world - the gore, the fascination, the science and discovery, and the frustrations of a man overcoming both nature and critics.

Ralph Lister has a lovely narrating voice (his accents were done well and there were no monotone moments or areas that were read as if without punctuation).

This isn’t for the faint of heart (it’s starts off in the crude days of surgery after all), but if your a trivia nerd like me - I’d recommend.

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  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,586

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Obviously better than the movie. Better than expected.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Great narrator. Kept me captivated through the entire story. Great sense of urgency and tension. Even though I knew the premise of the story, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout. I felt not only for the characters, but for some of the dinosaurs as well. Great read.

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