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Evie M

FALLS CHURCH, VA, US
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  • Nine Pints

  • A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
  • By: Rose George
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Author Rose George is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to modern “hemovigilance” teams that track blood-borne diseases. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions and looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • astounding!

  • By Clayton on 12-11-18

fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I loved it. right up my alley, full of so much interesting history and scientific fact to which I was previously unintroduced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Feather Thief

  • Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • By: Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, 20-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual and true natural history mystery!

  • By Sylvia on 04-28-18

Fantastic Story, Obscure Topics

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I loved the subjects covered within this book--whole societies of people focused around a shared, often obsessively consuming hobby. the crime itself seems almost an invention, but it is SUCH a good, well-researched (very very well!) book and even though it is nonfiction, the surprises are enthralling. The narrator does an excellent job of affecting the moods and personalities of all the individuals in the book (there are plenty!!!) but I bristled a bit at his unfamiliarity with some words' correct pronunciations. for me, that is almost physically painful to hear, and I think if one is pursuing a career of any sort in narration, one really ought to become more familiar with pronunciation. still, it was a great enough book that those were fleeting distractions (there were five or six!).

  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Laugh Riot, Inconsistently Delivered

  • By Maggie May on 04-18-18

Moore from a different angle

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

i've mostly read Moore's series, but I like this as a stand-alone book. it was a pleasant listen. Loved the narrator, really, he did a fantastic job with all the quite varied characters and the throwback dialogue. Very well researched: the setting is tangibly real despite the absurdity of the story itself. I think I am likely to re-listen to this one in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,360

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

As Good as Ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I pre-ordered this in the hope that it would be as good as any of the previous David Sedaris books (or Sedaris in general, his sister Amy's cynical and whimsical book on hosting guests is also a gem) and I was not disappointed. I listened in one day, in several settings in which my headphones were a little intrusive, but it was worth any insult I may have inadvertently leveled. I will add it to my list of favorite memoirs, and David Sedaris remains on my list of most-envied and most-admired memoirists. I envy his ease of composition and hope one day to produce as high quality work, even if I never reach the level of finished work he boasts. Always impressive, always amusing, always a treat. I have been anticipating this in such a way as to check its availability repeatedly, and my only disappointment is that it is so brief.

More mournful and full of an expectable amount of grief given the age and experience of the author, it is in some ways more serious than any of his previous works, but never truly heavy. It is identifiable. I have never lost a sister in the way he describes, and my mother is still alive, but I can identify. I have at times been the sister he describes, though I am fortunate enough to have found treatment that works for me. My mother and father both live, but I dread the days that I will survive them. It is comfort in advance to see that I will survive, that others have and do, that even a sense of humor and the more human memories can survive as well.

This is as much a memorial as the work produced immediately following his mother's death, and while it lacks some of the levity of Sedaris' early work, it is in no way inferior or serious. I cannot say that I might read it again: I will read it repeatedly, put it on to fall asleep when I am so familiar with it that I can quote large passages, will listen to it in lieu of music in the following months, will repeat stories that I find particularly delightful, insightful, or identifiable.

26 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Femdom for Nice Girls: A Self-Guided Manual for the Caring Mistress

  • By: Lucy Fairbourne
  • Narrated by: Tabitha Honeywood
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

From childhood onwards, females are encouraged into subservient roles, so that taking the lead can feel strange and unnatural, even "unfeminine" and "not nice". We are discouraged from aggressively grabbing what we want, and instead encouraged to sacrifice and nurture. We are taught to be prizes, not competitors. Surely, there has to be more to life than that. Many men - the ones who value assertiveness (and even a little cruelty) in their female lovers would agree. So would many women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfect for anyone looking explore femdom more.

  • By Bunches on 03-08-18

Decent but also meh.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

see the title. it was decent, the performance was pretty solidly overacted throughout, and there was an awful lot that they didn't cover. for example, only about a third of my current relationship was even touched upon (unintended pun) and that's being generous.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,067

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

best book in a LONG time.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I ab so lute ly loved this good damn beautiful tragic gorgeous heart-wrenching joyful agony of a book.

  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, not so great narrator

  • By just4now on 11-15-17

<3loved it loved it loved it<3

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

amazing. I want more. I loved it so so much. I wish this were a trilogy, Alice Hoffman could give me much more Owens family, and I wouldn't complain!

  • Anatomies

  • A Cultural History of the Human Body
  • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Narrated by: Philip Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

The human body is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal fact of our lives. It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science, and the source of some of the greatest stories ever told. In Anatomies, acclaimed author of Periodic Tales Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his entertaining blend of science, history, and culture to bear on this richest of subjects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human body as vessel, creature, landscape

  • By S. Yates on 12-23-16

not bad.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I found it similar to Mary Roach's books on the body (Stiff, Bonk and Gut) but without her particular humor. it had a number of novel facts )(to me) and I will probably re-listen to it at some point. enjoyed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Triumph of Seeds

  • How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully simplistic!

  • By Adrian on 03-30-16

Yay Botany!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I adored it. if anything, I would have liked it to be longer! there's so much more to touch on within the seed world. however, he lists some other authors and botanists to read, so it's a good starter book about seeds.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I quite enjoyed it. She touches on history well known and obscure, offering relevant and intriguing facts and making insightful points.