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  • The Last Neanderthal

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Claire Cameron
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Forty thousand years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate. But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a better ending

  • By Carrie Dupuis on 2017-11-10

Best parts are the Neanderthal

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-15

Pay close attention, the author is somewhat subtle with the way the two back and forward stories are related. You'll notice key events to characters are consistent with each other in both stories. There is some great commentary about the relationship we feel with wild cat, and how it compares to the cats feelings, and a neanderthal's feelings. The thing I enjoyed the least were the parts in the present, partly because story-telling relies so much now on the "strong female lead" trope that it became like feedback in a speaker (overpowering what was otherwise a pleasant story). There were some really well done sexual tones throughout the book, but not erotic. Capturing this tone was essential since the book draws on topics in biology within which reproduction is a significant focus. Another negative is the book spends a lot of time building up the nature of motherhood across different groups (in the biological species sense)then in the end celebrates a crumby message (in my opinion).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 cover art
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,025

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, as expected!

  • By FuzzySquirrel on 2018-01-04

Was perfect to listen at work

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-12

So nice to listen to a classic from more than 20 years ago already. Voices and narration meets or exceeds expectations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've learned so much from this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-09-17

Simply Wonderful, Inspired my Degree in Biology

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-12

Listen, relax, and approach with soft objectivism: The art of not forgoing your views, but not holding them out as a shield to the discussion at hand.

You'll notice most reviews which are 3 stars or lower are from people that wish they could have argued a point they disagreed with. I do not believe any point to be hollow, or narrow. The author's tone leaves the ultimate conclusion up to you. This book changed my life in 2016 and this is my 3rd go around with it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful