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SamanthaG

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I'll bet Mr. Mallory is sorry he used a pseudonym

Woman in the Window is the definition of a "page-turner," "unputdownable," and "drive around in your car wasting gas just to keep listening" book. It contains lots of surprises that make perfect sense but are not telegraphed in advance.
Anna suffers (literally suffers) from agoraphobia, which I'd always known about, but with no understanding of all it entailed. I knew it was a fear of being outside, or "in the marketplace" as I'd heard it described. I did not understand how it really afflicted those suffering from it. Finn/Mallory's depiction of Anna's bouts of it if she did venture outside gave me an understanding of agoraphobia that I'd never considered. I won't say more for fear of spoiling, but what a well-written and well-constructed book!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Mary depicted as a woman of her time

I dont know what the basis of this story was - the apocryphal testament of Mary, or what? It does succeed in humanizing her, eg, what would someone in her position have thought about the unexplainable happenings concerning her son’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. These were obviously things she neither expected nor understood in the moment.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Spine-tingly Good!

Fantastic book - the kind that I waste gas on, just driving around the block or sitting in a parking lot with the engine running. The plot has lots of twists and turns, which are believable but impossible to anticipate.
My only complaint is that the author/narrator has a heavy British accent (for me), but once I slowed the narration down to 75%, It was great. I guess this made the listening experience longer, but that was OK with me since I didn't want the book to end anyway!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Most of this we knew but didn't know we knew.

Lots of stuff we already realized (but maybe not consciously) was part of "speech"... tonal differences, word emphasis, eye-rolls, eyebrow raises, hand gestures, etc. After all, we have to punctuate the spoken word, just as we do the written word.
An interesting listen and read pleasantly by the author.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Not Good for Listening

The "op-cits" and the dialog of the folks (?) in the cemetery were incredibly bothersome. I'm sure there are legal reasons for the op-cit usage, but it made the book almost un-listenable. I did make my way to the end, but I can't say that I enjoyed it or was moved by it or thought it was a great piece of literature - as so many critics did.
The cemetery people speaking were not identified until the end of their speeches and it was difficult to figure who was saying what to whom. They interrupted each other unmercifully which made it more difficult to identify the characters. The cemetery residents have been likened to the chorus in a Greek drama - but I wasn't looking for one of those.
I have bought the e-book version of this and find it so much better. I know who's speaking and can ignore the op-cits. It comes across as much more tender and heart-rending.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Avoiding Anthropomorphism at All Costs

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes - it's almost impossible to keep track of the characters whose names are numbers. Our heroine is only "06" and the rest of the characters are also numbers. 06 because she was born in 2006, but that rule isn't followed with most of the rest of the wolves' "namebers." I think this is an extreme example of avoiding anthropomorphism. Other than 06, the only one I could always remember was "Limpy," the only one with a name. We are finding that animals are more like us than we'd thought; they have emotions, "person"alities, intentions, varying degrees of intelligence and abilities, and, I would contend, souls. I think this is an effort to avoid interfering with wolves' natural behavior, but just watching them and recording their actions interferes with that very thing.


Would you ever listen to anything by Nate Blakeslee again?

Maybe. The quality of the writing was good, if somewhat academic.

Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall and Nate Blakeslee ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was American Wolf worth the listening time?

Yes, the information presented was worthwhile, especially the contention between those who favored the reintroduction of Wolves and those who wanted to see them eradicated.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

The Martian it Isn't!

What did you like best about Artemis? What did you like least?

I love the technology especially in Andy Weir's writing. I assume he's writing "down" to his audience since we wouldn't probably have the knowledge of how to cope with space, the moon, a vacuum, but he seems to have researched the subject well and is able to convince us that "this is how it is."

Has Artemis turned you off from other books in this genre?

Well, no. What genre is it anyway? Yes, it's Sci-fi on the surface (no pun intended), but couldn't this story have taken place anywhere? (on the Earth, that is). I think that the Moon, or Mars, or any outer space venue isn't necessary to the story.

What does Rosario Dawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she's a good narrator and able to project her character (young woman) quite convincingly..

Could you see Artemis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe - I'm not sure if I'd go to see it or not. I see difficulties with the story-line, but the Moon setting would be a draw for viewers.

Any additional comments?

I was so taken with The Martian and Weir's writing that it would be difficult to appreciate another of his novels so much. When I finished The Martian, I made all of my friends read it and also made my book club read it. Everyone except the idiots loved it! I found myself reading late into the night, and even praying that Mark Watney would survive another pickle he found himself in. Then I would remember, "oh, he's fiction." But an author who can engender that kind of empathy is special!!
At the time, I looked for other books by Weir, but there weren't any, other thatn "The Egg," which isn't a book, but a 2 page meditation. I liked it, but, as I said, it isn't a book.

So, Andy, Thank you and I'm waiting. Hope you're working on something wonderful!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

A Long Meditation on Misery, Death and Sex

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

Yes because I'm a huge Murakami fan and his writing is amazing, even in translation; no because it's about unhappy people who have a lot of sex (in great detail) of all kinds, most of whom are miserable and die young. As far as I'm concerned, the story went nowhere. Plot...what plot?

Would you ever listen to anything by Haruki Murakami again?

Yes, absolutely! This was my 4th of his books and the one I've liked least. So glad I didn't read it first. My favorite is Hardboiled Wonderland & The End of the World.

Which scene was your favorite?

They were all so similar, I did not have a favorite.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way! Too depressing.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was great! I loved his delivery and the way he believably voiced women. They sounded like women and did not all sound alike.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

What a good adventure story - and true

Where does Island of the Lost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top, but I've read so many that I can't place it.

What other book might you compare Island of the Lost to and why?

Alive, The Martian, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and The Secret Wisdom of the Earth because they are true stories (well, not The Martian or Secret Wisdom, but they read like true stories) about very creative and unfortunate people caught in situations in which they will almost certainly die. But they don't give up.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's a very good narrator and tells the story with empathy but never over-dramatization.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't particularly like the title of the book because it's too generic and hard to remember. Maybe something with the ship's name "Grafton" in it with a tag line about being shipwrecked on Auckland Island - or, more romantically, at the "Bottom of the World."

Any additional comments?

Yes, incidentally, my husband and I visited New Zealand a number of years ago and took a ferry from Invercargill to Stewart Island. It was a small ferry that was multi-tasking by delivering and picking up supplies and mail. There were not many people aboard and the small crew was friendly. From there, they were going on to the Campbell Islands for a few days and invited us to join them. We thought about it - seriously - but both needed to get home and back to work, so we declined their kind offer. I did not remember the name of the islands until I was well into the book. In considering this offer, we were absolutely unaware of the stormy weather and heavy seas that prevail in that part of the world. Thank goodness for having to get back to work!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Al Franken is best at comedy, not "senatoring"

Would you try another book from Al Franken and/or Al Franken?

Well, no. He seems naive and totally brainwashed.

What could Al Franken have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Presented both sides equally

Could you see Al Franken, Giant of the Senate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - I wouldn't see it.

Any additional comments?

He made me furious and I've always loved him as a comedian. There's no admission that ANYTHING the "other side" presents is worth consideration.

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