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Carver

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
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    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in my top 4, possibly in my top 2 favorite audio books, and I've listened to many.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    I can't answer this, on account of spoilers, but I definitely have one in mind...


    Any additional comments?

    Love it. Love it. Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9643)
    Performance
    (5316)
    Story
    (5393)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "I <3 Dune."
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    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Science-Fiction literature.

    ("Literature" in that it's more than every-day ho-hum page-turning commercial fiction.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Duncan Idaho, for his casual, steely attitude in a story full of hyper-intellectuals.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Referring to the main narrator: he puts inflection into his performance in just the right way, I think. If someone is written as sounding joyous, for example, he'll add a perfect amount of joy to his reading. Some narrators overdo it, I feel, and some won't at all, which can be even more distracting. I appreciate his voice on a simple aesthetic level, too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wouldn't even need one. It's Dune.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply the best. If you've never read it or seen the film or series the Sci-Fi channel made, DON'T WATCH THOSE. Sorry for the caps, but they're so terrible and it'll only spoil plot points for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (693)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Stars say it all."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have kept Orson from writing it until later in his career.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    Which scene was your favorite?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Mmm, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Ender's Game (also by Orson Scott Card), but Treason is a few good ideas wrapped in sensational plot progressions that betray how long ago he wrote it. I'd recommend it if you're crazy for sci-fi/fantasy and are more or less out of other options...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2616)
    Performance
    (2405)
    Story
    (2394)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Fan. Freaking. Tastic."
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    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's... heart-wrenching, but so well written.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't. Spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say how much I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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