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William Jens Jensen

North America | Member Since 2010

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  • JPod

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Coupland
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. jPod is a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow-ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream. jPod's universe is amoral and shameless.

    Greg says: "Very Annoying Production"
    "The Best Audio It Can Be"
    Overall

    As one reviewer has pointed out, this is a somewhat difficult book to render (and listen to) as an audio edition. One example, page 212 of the print edition: "FUN FACT: any even number can be made by adding together two primes." This is followed by 16 1/2 pages filled with 11 columns of five-digit numbers (from 10007 to 99991) to prove the point. Keep in mind that the book is about a group of excentric computer game programmers. Now, I doubt that Coupland expected anyone to read those pages, so what to do if you're reading for the audio edition? It doesn't make sense to read such lists in their entirety. I would have to say that, overall, this book is far more accessible for those fortunate enough to have seen the far-too-short-lived "JPod" television series. Basically, the story itself is pretty far out and surreal. I love this book (as I do most of Coupland's books) for the odd humor and his observations on post-postmodern humanity. I'd like to see more of his books available at Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (907)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Saul Reichlin is great!"
    Overall

    As one can see from the numerous reviews preceding mine, this book is clearly a page-turner (even when there are no pages involved). This review offers praise for Saul Reichlin, who in my opinion should be narrating just about every book out there. His amazing reading catches the moods and voices of the various characters, and even without "he said" and "she said," it's clear who is speaking and the emotion behind the words. Five stars for both the book and Saul Reichlin's excellent reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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