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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,637

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

A real eye opener

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

An important read for anyone who has ever been seen by a doctor! What you don't know will surprise you. This book will open your eyes to a whole world of scientific information and the ramifications of the collection of cells, even a small tube of blood!

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Be prepared for the gore!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Lots of blood, pus, and other disturbing imagery, but, these are also historical fact. Just be prepared for the descriptions. Joseph Lister was an incredible person, a caring doctor and a brilliant scientist.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerily facinating!

  • By Alycee on 01-13-12

Chilling!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Most ghost stories don’t live up to their hype. This one froze my heart. Listen!

  • Sleights of Mind

  • What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions
  • By: Stephen L. Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Have you ever wondered how a magician saws a woman in half? Or makes coins materialize out of thin air? Or reads your mind? Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. A good magician uses your mind's intrinsic properties against you in a form of mental jujitsu, to fool you every time, even when you know full well that you are being tricked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Informative

  • By Roy on 11-19-10

So interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Gives you a better understanding and appreciation of magic and also the power of your mind!

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,325

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Fun yarn

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, I enjoyed this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

Spoiler alert. I liked when they helped the great wizard escape.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a wonderful narrator with a gift for drawing you in, you can really hear all the different characters speaking.

Do you think Theft of Swords needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely! Has that sort of ending that tells you that there is more to come.

Any additional comments?

Seems to steal bits and pieces from other fantasy novels, especially, the grand masters, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but, who doesn't?

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,299

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's the singer not the song*

  • By Maynard on 11-09-13

Amazing story with terrific narration

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator and gives so much life to the characters. Then again, Dickens is one of my favorite writers. Fantastic combination!

  • Forensics

  • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Seen

  • By Mark on 09-02-16

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Detailed look into the science of justice. Examines the history of each forensic discipline. Well worth the listen. Definitely recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,188

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like the first book was a great Epic story

  • By Dirk on 02-01-18

Kept me riveted!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

The second book in the series was even better than the first. It drew me in and kept me there till the very end. Can't wait to start the next!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,713

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Perfect Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

Colin Firth is amazing. He becomes Bendricks and you can feel the loss in his voice. Very moving performance.

  • Lexicon

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,378

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fasten your seat belt...

  • By Tango on 06-22-13

Great story but choppy.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

I enjoyed the plot. The premise was very good. The sequencing of the chapters, however, was so bizarre and, at times, seemingly so random. I wasn't sure where I was in the time line. Past, parallel time line, present, future? Also, certain events occurred so quickly and were then dropped just as quickly that I wasn't even sure what happened.
Narration was pretty good, although the accents were a bit rough in places.