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Demonwife

Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Big Money

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The Big Money completes John Dos Passos's three-volume "fable of America's materialistic success and moral decline" (American Heritage) and marks the end of "one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever undertaken" (Time). Here we come back to America after the war and find a nation on the upswing.

    Demonwife says: "Excellent Historical (Experimental) Novel"
    "Excellent Historical (Experimental) Novel"
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    I read and listened to this book because I was taking a class about Depression-era film & literature. What Dos Passos did was integrate a colloquial, real, personal, and fictional history in the U.S.A. trilogy ("The Big Money" is the third part of the trilogy). He used real headlines from newspapers of the time period along with advertising slogans and pop songs in the "Newsreel" portions of the novel. These are really fun to hear through the audio performance, and one of the reasons it is worth listening to.

    The "Camera Eye" portion of the novel was harder to listen to, and in truth, it is difficult to read without some contextual information. These are largely stream-of-consciousness portions which Dos Passos used to describe his own memories. They are poetic at times--and like most poetry--benefit from being seen on the page.

    The biography sections of the novel are fantastic, and worth the price of the book. His depictions of T. Veblen, I. Duncan, W. Hearst, The Wright Bros. (and more!) are fascinating studies of the larger-than-life historical figures whom we might have only heard about in positive ways in history books. A definite strength of the book.

    His fictional portions, the characters he strings through these other portions of the book are engaging and interesting. A satisfying read, worth your time and money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1949)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Engrossing, Disturbing (highly recommend!)"
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    Initially, the voice of the narrator really irritated me, but the story is so compelling that I let it go. When I recommend the book, I tell people that they must allow themselves a good 5 hours because they must get through the first part in one sitting.

    It's a book about victims that really allows the victims to show an unflinching, steady depiction of deprivation without focusing on the predator. I enjoyed experiencing the perspective of the survivors. A fresh alternative and a daring narration by a child. I'm kind of amazed by her work as an author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postcard Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Liza Marklund
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Erik Singer, Reg Rogers
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him - he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

    Rose says: "Come on, James, Can you think of some new material"
    "Yuck."
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    I had never read a James Patterson "novel" before "The Postcard Killers," but I was interested in collaborative writing (how *do* two authors get credit for one book?). After a little digging I realized that J.P. gives another writer an "outline" for a plot, and then the other writer does all the work.

    This is a contrived, empty book that contains one of the most awkward sex scenes I've ever read. It is a passionless affair. The *mystery* is predictable, privileged, and crudely compiled.

    I stopped listening at this line: "If this is so wrong, I don't want to be right." SERIOUSLY?!

    If I have saved one literate soul from consuming this garbage, I feel like I might redeem myself from contributing money to fund work like this.

    Also: The music they inserted into the audio production was corny and unnecessary. As was the entire book (corny and unnecessary).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Triumph of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Katrina Rosati Kross
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    How surprising that a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature not only believes in, but writes about, ghosts. This short story is a result of her haunting fascination and fear of both spirits and supernatural phenomena, and as Ms. Magazine says, is "flawlessly eerie". In The Triumph of Night, Wharton pushes one to finally decide if ghosts are real or imaginary. That is, if one can....

    Demonwife says: "Great story, well told"
    "Great story, well told"
    Overall

    This is a perfect story to keep you on the treadmill at the gym. It is bite-sized, creepy, and intriguing. At the length of an hour, it is well worth the $3 cost (think: Happy Meal for the brain).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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