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NEW YORK, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 419 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "Mixed Feelings"

    As nonfiction, the book would be pretty fascinating. As a work of fiction, however, it comes off as trite, hokey and predictable. I haven't read any other Eggers before, but as a piece of literature, it is pretty much paint-by-numbers. The material itself is incredibly interesting, but the narrative structure, one-note tone throughout, and clunky foreshadowing all tend to muffle rather than enhance the natural sense of wonder the reader should feel upon reading such an inherently interesting tale. I would recommend as adolescent fiction, perhaps.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass

    Grand Expectations, the 10th volume of the peerless Oxford History of the United States, weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate.

    Thomas says: "fast moving history"
    "Dry recitation of facts and statistics"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While I love history, I don't have a scholarly background in the subject. I admittedly like person centric histories with a narrative so history scholars who don't need a narrative might like it.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Possibly The Glorious Cause

    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Fass’s performances?

    I don't think so, but the content was certainly difficult to bring to life.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I really wanted to learn about the period, but I needed a narrative and some personalities to grab on to. I wish someone else wrote a review warning me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "If you liked the first, you'll love the second"

    It's more of the same, slow burn, character driven, well written story telling. Rothfuss just plain knows how to spin a tale. I find myself enthralled by even the little interstitial stories the characters tell to each other.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "very creative and entertaining"

    I don't agree with the socio-economic slant but who cares. Reading is about exploring other points of views, not just those which conform to our own. The world that the author created is so richly detailed that everything feels real despite the leaps of imagination the text demands. I highly recommend and look forward to the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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