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  • Lost Among the Birds

  • Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year
  • By: Neil Hayward
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn't want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn't want to think about his failed relationship with 'the one' or his potential for ruining a new relationship with 'the next one'. And he almost certainly didn't want to think about turning 40. And so instead he went birding. Birding was a lifelong passion. It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Know a Birder? This will help you Understand.

  • By Carole T. on 08-27-17

Birding with a side of whining

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

There were aspects of this book that I enjoyed a lot; the descriptions of the birds and how they are found, the camaraderie with the other birders, the glimpse into the strange word of obsessive birding. I also thought the descriptions of how depression affects you were quite good.

What I did not enjoy was the endless whining on the author’s part. For a clever guy close to his forties, he came off as incredibly immature and entitled. He tries to assure you that he is aware of this, but I don’t think he quite understands the depth of it. He also seem to harbour a lot more respect and love for his birding heroes, than the woman he lives with.

The relationship stuff feels tacked on and I cannot fathom why Gerri stays with him. I wanted to punch something when –after having ditched her for close to a year— Gerri goes home to her family for Christmas and he whines about being lonely and feeling abandoned. Is this guy for real?

Enjoyable book if you are a birder or curious about birding culture.

  • Throne of Jade

  • Temeraire, Book 2
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fast forward part 2

  • By Nicholas on 10-22-07

Fantastic alternative history

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Fantastical, but completely valid social and political commentary without ever getting preachy.

I really love the historical setting of this series, and I'm particularly fond of the in-depth description of human-dragon society and how different nations approach it.

  • 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 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

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

Interesting, engagingand curiously personal

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Interesting tidbits about poisonous and venomous animals, the biotoxins that relates to them and the ways in which they interact or have interacted with humankind through history. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the chemistry or biology surrounding toxins.

  • Beyond Words

  • What Animals Think and Feel
  • By: Carl Safina
  • Narrated by: Carl Safina
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book by a scientist with a heart

  • By Sharon on 11-12-15

Heartfelt, scientific and important.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I am glad someone with a background in the sciences decided to delve into such a book. A bit preachy and rambly towards the end, but otherwise solid. Your view on animals wiĺl almost certainly be changed after this.

  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Next book in a wonderful series great narration

  • By lynn on 08-01-13

Kobna ruins me for all other narrators

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

Love this series, even if this novel felt more like a breather episode than super-relevant to the overall plot. Kobna nails the voices as per usual.

  • The Traitor Game

  • By: B.R. Collins
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Michael and Francis are best friends, drawn together by their common secret - Evgard. Evgard is a fantasy world that Michael and Francis have created together, a world both fierce and dangerous. It is also a world that has become weirdly entwined in both their lives; actions in one world are uncannily mirrored by actions in the other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreakingly good

  • By Kristin Lian Aa on 10-28-16

Heartbreakingly good

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

Read this book twice. Reading the parts with the bullying and heart break were very painful to me, but I'm glad I stuck with it to the end. Refreshing and relatable coming-of-age story.

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  • Santa Olivia

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a U.S. military base inside a demilitarized buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically manipulated and used by the U.S. government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, and I don't like Boxing

  • By P. Stover on 01-29-10

Delightfully engaging!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

A post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance with scrappy, crafty orphans, boxing and queer werewolves. Surprisingly well written, highly reccomended!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Sense

  • What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • By: Tim Birkhead
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Are You A Serious Birdwatcher?

  • By Kathy on 11-14-17

Must read for bird lovers

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

Very informative, although somewhat dry. I enjoyed it and thought it was very on point and in depth at the time I read it. If you have little interest in birds and/or animal anatomy and behavior, this book isn’t for you. However, for the science-minded animal lover, it comes highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pumpkin Teeth

  • By: Tom Cardamone
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Let Tom Cardamone lead you into his wicked universe of changelings and mysterious creatures, where a boy transforms into lightning and illuminates his emerging sexuality. Where a man accidentally receives a package meant for his neighbor, a situation complicated by the fact that he lives next door to a Sphinx. A nurse finds herself working in a retirement home for vampires, while in the future a man questions his decision to live life as a manatee.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What???

  • By Jason Reynolds on 12-28-17

Strange and disjointed

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Any additional comments?

Bunch of short stories that seemed more random and pretentiously artistic, than deep or poetic. Some might enjoy it, but it's not my thing.