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Darrell M.

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  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Narrowly missing death at sea, Pendrick finds a risky sanctuary on a remote island as an invited guest of Dr. Moreau. Pendrick is unaware of the evil that lurks behind the scenes. Dr. Moreau is in the midst of scientific experiments he feels will benefit all mankind. Whether his ambitions are worthy, or mad, is yet to be proven. He has succeeded only in achieving the grotesque. When Pendrick finally discovers the extent of Moreau's ghastly experiments, he is horrified at what he sees.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Search for significance

  • By Darrell M. on 03-22-19

Search for significance

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This was an amazing early science fiction work (the science of biology and anatomy) and a good narration, marred only by a few studio noises. Having read a little bit about the author and his worldview, this story reflects upon his unsuccessful search for significance in this life and the life to come.

  • The Princess and the Goblin

  • Presented by Blackstone
  • By: George MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The discovery of a secret stairway running to the top of the castle leads Princess Irene to a revelation even more weighty than the fiendish plans of the goblin community that miner boy Curdie has discovered. Will the Princess and Curdie understand the significance of what they have found, or will Harelip and the goblins successfully execute their evil plan?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good choice of narrator

  • By S. Helms on 07-29-16

Classic Fairy Tale, Meh Production

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Fantastic story and 3-star narrator. My 2-star performance rating is due poor production quality, not just the narrator. Traffic sounds and muffled background conversations in the recording had me imagining an apartment in Brooklyn rather than the mystical fairy tale setting. Also had the obvious edits where tone changes for a sentence every now and then. And chapter marks... It is tolerable if you just want to hear the story. It’s better than many public domain (Libr****) recordings.

  • The Scarlet Letter (Dramatized)

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas J. Cox
  • Narrated by: Shirley Anderson, David Catlin, Raymond Fox, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic masterpiece The Scarlet Letter is set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, and concerns the public condemnation of Hester Prynne, who bears an illegitimate child. However, the story is not about adultery, nor is it specifically about sin. Rather it traces the effect of actual and symbolic sin on the mind and spirit of each character.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • why is there only 2 chapters

  • By Ladonna on 08-31-17

A recording of community theater

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I think that this may be a recording of a community theater performance. The quality of the audio production is not what I expected. At one point it sounds like an audience member’s watch alarm goes off for about 15 seconds (like one of those watches I had growing up as a kid in the 70s).

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,679

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Only for fans

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Good production quality. Some casting success. Not expensive. I can’t really think of anything else that’s positive. If this were a movie, Netflix might even take a pass on distribution.

Imagine taking a team of characters with dialects from the ‘hood and the backwoods and then casting them into space. Before launch, they learned enough military lingo to repeat “on your six,” “whiskey-tango-foxtrot,” and other cringeworthy phrases until you want to puke.

Bad writing and directing. Good audio production quality.

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  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Buyer Beware

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Despite it's title, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions" is not about treating mental health. It's poignant tale about an atheist's earnest plight to fill a God-sized hole. He finds that socialism, environmentalism, and psychedelic drugs are key parts of the answer, falling into the trap so common among those in his generation: history is irrelevant and we are so much smarter than our ancestors anyway. I'm saddened that many depressed people will read this book and may be desperate enough to try what he suggests. To date, psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medication management are the best evidence-based methods for treating depression, especially with connection to faith, family, and community.

However, the author is a clever man and seems earnest in his quest. Eventually he will run across this 17th century quote from Pascal and I hope that, recalling his embrace of the concept of neuroplasticity, he will recognize what he's been missing: “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.” - Blaise Pascal, Pensées. Just as you can only truly understand abstract art through conversations with the artist, you cannot possess the deepest understanding your life, brain, and heart without conversations with the Creator.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,710

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Will look for more Will Damron narrations

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I liked the story well enough, but Will Damron’s narration made this an enjoyable, casual, soothing listen.

  • Bitter Free!

  • How to Forgive Anyone, Resolve Conflict and Overcome Anger
  • By: Mark DeJesus
  • Narrated by: Mark DeJesus
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Do you want to forgive but struggle with how to do it? Do you find yourself getting angry a lot? Do you struggle to resolve conflicts in your life? In this book, Mark will expose the work of bitterness as a trap in your life, intended to keep you from healthy and whole relationships. Through straight forward insights and practical application, you will learn to free yourself of a root of bitterness so that you can take your life back, bitter free!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. This is one to chew on! Whew

  • By cy on 01-24-18

Author is good narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Often authors do not make good narrators. Mark DeJesus is a rare exception. I would enjoy hearing him narrate others’ work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole-Brain Child

  • 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very helpful listen!

  • By Jeannette on 10-01-12

Thankful for 1.5X speed

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Slooooow reading by narrators. Thank goodness for the variable playback speed In the Audible app. Good content for parenting.

  • Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex

  • What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You
  • By: Amy J.L. Baker PhD, Paul R. Fine LCSW
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

In Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex, a nationally recognized parenting expert offers you a positive parenting approach to dealing with a hostile ex-spouse. You'll learn to avoid the most common mistakes of co-parenting, how to avoid "parental alienation syndrome", and effective techniques for talking to your children in a way that fosters an open and honest response. In addition, you'll learn how to protect your children from painful loyalty conflicts between you and your ex-spouse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Helpful For Me

  • By Catherine Conklin on 11-05-17

Both parents are toxic

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

The title of the book is a bit misleading. The authors assume that both parents are toxic. This book is light on ideas to deal with the toxic parent and heavy on the Eastern mindful/dialectical parenting approach, e.g., strong undertow of moral relativism and absence of absolute truth. The authors suggest a Buddhist prayer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Personality Disorders

  • Histronic and Borderline Personality Disorders Unmasked
  • By: Jeffery Dawson
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Unmask the borderline and histrionic person in your life! Does your partner (friend, family member or coworker) have difficulty controlling their emotions? Are they harmfully impulsive? Do you feel like your conversations, fights and arguments go around in circles and seem to get twisted in your partners head? Do you notice that they seem to have a problem with everyone? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this book is for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful for non-BP

  • By Darrell M. on 08-02-17

Helpful for non-BP

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

This book provides practical and helpful information for the those who have or had a loved one with BP. It helped elucidate some of the counterintuitive issues, such as commenting on a BP's progress can actually lead to more irrational abandonment fears. Compared against so many other audiobooks on the subject, I found myself taking more notes and waking away with actionable knowledge.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful