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Ed Stark

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  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (558)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Great dry humor: great reading"
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    What did you love best about The Family Fang?

    This is a really funny and ridiculous book, esp. if you know your contemporary/performance art. Characters are really well described and plot keeps you interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buster Fang, because he's so hapless. He's the absurd underdog you just can't resist.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Dry reading is perfect for these jokes, but the reading is also just right. I especially liked how she read the part of Camilla Fang, who had some truly enigmatic responses.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Fang and why?

    All good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Sedaris, you might like this novel. It's not essays, but humor works in some of the same ways.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4333)
    Performance
    (3144)
    Story
    (3142)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Fantastic Book, Patchett's best yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ann Patchett has written a lot of great books, but this one shows off her ability to turn a classic story on it's head. Patchett's feminist version of what it means to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annik Swenson


    What about Hope Davis???s performance did you like?

    Davis' performance enhances what was already a good book, her emotional reading helped me forget I wasn't there myself.


    If you could rename State of Wonder, what would you call it?

    The name is good: A really nice play on


    Any additional comments?

    I you like Patchett, you will love this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (299)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    Matt says: "Dragon Tattoo(esque)....but......"
    "more thoughtful and less violent than some of his"
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    What did you love best about Headhunters?

    Descriptions of the main character were fascinating. Nesbo shows his skill for creating an interesting predicament for characters. I love a psychological thriller, but don't always need so much time spent on the gratuitous violence, especially if it isn't well-written. This is one of my favorites of his so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    descriptions of main characters/setting


    Which character ??? as performed by Steve West ??? was your favorite?

    protagonist


    Any additional comments?

    good if you were looking for something to satisfy your girl with dragon tattoo yearnings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Magician's assistant"
    Overall

    This book is amazing. I am a big fan of Ann Patchett, and this another one of her both funny and haunting stories, one of my favorites so far. Ziemba does a lovely job of reading this story. My only complaint is that the music is COMPLETELY wrong for the story! Very jarring and off-putting. Still, a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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