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M. Y. L.

California
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  • 43
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  • 27
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  • Endure

  • Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
  • By: Alex Hutchinson, Malcolm Gladwell - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531

Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • finishing this was an act of endurance

  • By slowLoris on 03-21-18

Fascinating research presented beautifully

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I’m completely fascinated by the science of endurance, and this book satisfied my curiosity from every angle. The studies and stories were extremely interesting, and the delivery was perfect for listeners outside the science world. I was sad to see it end.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!

  • By Jessica on 02-18-09

Bravo!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Excellent narration, which is not obvious from the sample. I'm glad I bought this version!! Very enjoyable listening!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the Single Ladies

  • Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Rebecca Traister - introduction
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, "the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country" (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, destroyed by narration

  • By Theresa Holleran on 03-06-16

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Thank you Rebecca Traister for this book! As a 40-something divorced mother of five, I have struggled to find my identity outside of my traditional marriage. This book feels like a roadmap or at least guideposts to how to be a woman at this phase of my life! I am also sharing what I am learning with my two adult daughters. It's empowering to have a modern compendium of excellent women to turn to in 2016!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Agnes Grey

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family. Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Kerry on 05-22-10

Tame but good

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

After listening to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I found Agnes Grey tame by comparison. However, I enjoyed Anne Bronte's quiet and thoughtful story of a level-headed woman who makes her way in the world with poise and grace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Teresa Castillo on 04-18-16

On old favorite

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

Juliet Stevenson perfectly sums up my feelings about Wuthering Heights at the end of her narration. I loved and romanticized the book as a young girl, but as an adult I see the tragic selfishness of the couple that leads to so much misery. Stevenson does s beautiful job as narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting for Women's Suffrage: The Lives and Legacies of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Lu Anne Martucci
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Together, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the most important partnership in the history of women's rights in America. The women worked seamlessly, with Stanton providing the forceful ideology and Anthony providing the tireless advocacy. Despite their partnership, the two women are often remembered quite differently. Fighting for Women's Suffrage chronicles the lives and partnership of the two women, examining their ideologies, advocacy, and writings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice is very distracting.

  • By M. Y. L. on 03-22-16

Narrator's voice is very distracting.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Great content but the narrator used strange cartoonish voices when ready quotes. It was very distracting and took away from the power and authority of these amazing women.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,997

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Great performance!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

There is a lot to love about this story, but there are several elements that drag out the story to the point I was tempted to stop listening.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,675

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't all literature be like this?

  • By Theodore on 10-15-11

I love Juliet Stevenson's voice!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It's hard for me to enjoy Emma's silliness or her rudeness. I found myself anxious for the story to end. Thank goodness for Juliet Stevenson's performance.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • By: Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft tackles the wasted potential she sees in women, refusing to see them as inferior to men; she decries their limitations and suggests that they are worthy of an equal standard of education, and that they should be taught to develop their own reason, not simply how to gain a man. Written in 1792, at the height of the French Revolution, A Vindication is an eloquent and persuasive response to the prevailing attitudes of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still relevant

  • By M. Y. L. on 02-14-16

Still relevant

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I am amazed at how relevant Wollstonecraft's work is today. I became aware of my own ignorance with regard to the subtle oppression still felt by women over 200 years after this book was written. I'm glad I took the time to study this work more closely.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,338

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

So good!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I didn't expect much, but Aziz did his homework! And he's funny as hell! Entertaining enough to take on my long runs!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful