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  • The Unit

  • By: Ninni Holmqvist
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

When Dorrit Wegner turned fifty, the government transferred her to a state-of-the-art facility where she can live out her days in comfort. Her apartment is furnished to her tastes, her meals expertly served, and all at the very reasonable non-negotiable price of one cardiopulmonary system. Once an outsider without family, derided by a society bent on productivity, Dorrit finds within The Unit the company of kindred spirits and a dignity conferred by 'use' in medical tests.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very depressing

  • By Alifia D on 03-31-15

It's my kind of story, thus the 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

I truly enjoyed this dystopian inspired book. Although it could be considered sad to some, the reader does not have to focus on that at all as the narration by Suzzane Toren is excellent and has just the right amount of light heartedness in tone so that it doesn't feel depressing but extremely interesting as a ""possibility" this could happen. If you like Hand Maid's Tale, you will probably like this, even though different.

  • Talk Talk

  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: T.C. Boyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Talk

  • By Pamela Harvey on 07-20-06

A seamless ending to a great story line.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I listened to this in 2007 and I loved this book -- what a great story line and the portrayal of the scam artist was so right on and revealing. I loved to hear the rationalization of the character's bad actions, criminal behavior -- fascinating. A nice seamless ending, but totally unknown or not guessed until the very end. It seems the more reading I do, I find that ending the story smoothly, whether it's good or bad, is not an easy thing for authors.

  • Odd Thomas

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,006

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Doubting Thomas

  • By Denise on 12-11-03

Not as good as his previous books

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I read this in February 2007.l I like Dean Koontz's novels, and although this one was definitely readable and had a very interesting premise/plot line, it was just sort of slow and just not like "The Husband". or even Frankenstein, the Prodigal Son. Note: It is 2014 and I haven't read a book of his since this review -- just too many others out there to read I guess.

  • Crazy

  • A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
  • By: Pete Earley
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over 30 years, and the author of several award-winning, even best-selling, nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing, Heart-Breaking

  • By C. Anne on 01-28-07

A poor system that father had to find out about

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I read this in March 2007 and felt that this book was an eye opener -- I mean, even if you know what happened in the Reagan years, with the closing down of the mental institutions and the eventual flow of these people to the streets as homeless with no place to go except jail, maybe family if they are lucky, and back to the street-- reading this book really brought a reality check for me as to how it works (or, rather, doesn't)

  • Look Me in the Eye

  • My Life with Asperger's
  • By: John Elder Robison
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing!

  • By Anne on 10-27-07

A Man's Life living with Asperger's

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I am interested in books regarding autism, anorexia,the various human disorders, dysfunctions, and any psychological difficulties -- thus, the reason for choosing this title. I read this in August 2009 and didn't know it was written by the brother of the author of Running with Scissors, Aguststen Burroughs, until I listened to the forward. Apparently, this brother is, of course, Aguststen referred to in his book. I really enjoyed it -- very interesting, yet sad, to hear about the struggles of having a disorder that made him just different enough where it was a problem most of his life. It was never diagnosed until he was well into adulthood and then by accident. However, this isn't the point of the story. It makes you think of the kids that you saw being made fun of and wish that children could be more kind -- but there will always be the few out there so it's up to people to intervene. It is a story about John Elder Robison's entire life and it's worth reading, especially so, if you are interested in this sort of subject matter.

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  • Black Water

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Amanda Plummer
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A young woman fatally attracted to an older man, Kelly Kelleher speaks for all women drawn to the power...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Try Again

  • By Starlet on 07-30-06

She IS talking as though under water --

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I started listening to this book in June 2006, for over an hour and I had to stop as I couldn't tell if the narrator was supposed to be talking as though under water or if it was my electronics. Because I love all of Joyce Carol Oates writings, I decided to start from scratch. I'm glad I did because I then got into the story and found it to be quite gripping and telling.....so give it a chance now that you know this

  • For Laci

  • A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Justice
  • By: Sharon Rocha
  • Narrated by: Sharon Rocha
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Laci Rocha Peterson, eight months pregnant, was last seen by her sister, Amy, in the late afternoon of December 23, 2002. She spoke to her mother, Sharon Rocha, at 8:30 p.m. that night. This would be the last time anyone from her immediate family ever spoke to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is a very good book, but...

  • By sherry on 08-07-12

A Woman Scorned Ended it all for Mr. Peterson

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

Listened to in February 2006. I thought this book was well written, penned by the mother of a daughter who was killed in such a horrible way by her husband and he was very close to the family. The resulting events with the husband's (Scott Peterson) parents, post murder, and how the parents antics are described in this book ,with such control by the author, is amazing. I'm just glad that it was put out there in writing for all to see. It comes across as a very accurate account, not sensationalized at all. So glad that Scott is forced to think about his actions in prison -- he could have gotten off if it wasn't for a woman scorned......who blew his cover.

  • Self-Made Man

  • One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again
  • By: Norah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Norah Vincent
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged

  • By Holly on 09-25-11

Tough Assignment but fascinating to read about

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I read this in February 2006. The account by Nora Vincent of her time spent as a man was a quick read. To think that she spent 17 months as an impostor and of the opposite sex! Once you start reading, you realize (as she soon did) that this was not an easy transfer. Nora Vincent covered a good cross spectrum of men's lives where she spent her time. I was fascinated by the story and felt that I was privy to information that could be confirmed by someone who was THERE. I've always thought that it would be tough to be a man; when I was 17 I remember thanking God that I wasn't a guy because I could not imagine being drafted into war. Nora doesn't even get into that topic, of war and drafts -- plenty of other situations to delve into. An excellent read.

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,320

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

On My Favorites List in 2005 and now in 2014

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!

  • Worst Ideas Ever

  • A Celebration of Embarrassment
  • By: Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 714

From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wears out quickly

  • By Sara on 04-28-14

Personally, I thoght the book was very funny

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

I was so close to LOL moments while listening to at the gym...I'm sure I did laugh out at least once. .I'm glad that I didn't read the reviews as I really thought the short episodes of the worst ideas ever was very funny -- Even the sports related bad ideas was interesting and I'm not particularly a sports fan -- many subject matters were covered. I suppose one could nit pick at the authenticity of it (and maybe rightfully so) but on the surface and with not too much thinking on my part -- it was a good listen! The one that stands out where I don't have to go back and find them all, was the woman's portable urinal contraption...that was where I probably did actually laugh out loud.