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West Springfield, MA, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • Tales From Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein

    The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. If you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school.

    Peter says: "Exepcted more 'golf geekiness'"
    "Exepcted more 'golf geekiness'"

    Feinstein provides a loose structure of describing first stage, second stage, finals and touches on the adventures of many players as they go through Q school. The problem is that there was not nearly enough of what I call the golf "geek factor": extreme detail of how a sequence of holes is being played--club selection, lie, strategy, mis-hits, etc. He does provide this for a couple of players in the finals, but it seemed too little, too late. Anyone reading this book is waaaaay into golf and like that level of detail--usually.

    As it was, I was left with what felt like a ton of names and totals for their rounds and how far they missed "the number." It got a little distracting and hard to follow. He does get across what an ordeal Q school is (it is being phased out now, I believe, or at least revised) and how heartbreaking and costly small mistakes--or the whims of fate--can be. If you're into golf, read it but be aware that it's a little general at times in its approach.

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "It's ALL About the Music. . ."
    Would you listen to Life again? Why?

    Once through is enough to get it--it's not literature; it's more tabloid. Could have been a bit shorter, especially in the last third. Still, I liked it. How on earth did he live through all that?

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life?

    ANY part of the book that lingers on the music itself: KR's feelings for it, his devotion to it, his dissection of the one-note drone blues pieces that mesmerized him, his discovery of the 5-string open tuning on the guitar. . .on and on. . .the process of songwriting, the very beginning of the band. . . . All this alone is worth the price.

    Which character – as performed by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley – was your favorite?

    Hurley was little over-the-top but entertaining in a way Johnny Depp was not--but both brought good narration. You have to give yourself over to what this is--a show, in effect.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    Who knew that towards the end Keith would share some kitchen food-prep secrets?? That's all I'll say on that! One thing is clear: he is a genius and was born to be who he is--I enjoyed the book.

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  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Dispiriting. . ."

    I found this listen dispiriting overall. I've listened to many thrillers/crime books, some overlty violent, some more psychological and inward-turning, some a combination. They are what they are--I get that. However, I simply found the ultimate premise here weak, disconnected from many events in the story. As others have noted, there was an abundance of brutality--it was too much for me, and that is not being a spoiler. I kept on (after having stopped for a few weeks after the first chapter) simply to work through it and perhaps hoping for a turn. I dislike quitting on a book and have only done so once before--still, not a rewarding read for me--obviously it was for others. Narration was very good. I was simply not engaged by the characters or their evolution.

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  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Magisterial. . ."

    . . .in its portrayal of man's complex inner landscape. There are several long set-pieces of dialogue between R. and others that are engrossing in their revelation of the personality and thought processes of various individuals. An epic novel read superbly by Guidal. It is heavy in theme but nuanced, even light, in detail. We are not left with the slightest sympathy for R.--we ARE left overwhelmed and engrossed by this overarching work. Read it!

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