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North Olmsted, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 26 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "A long and pointless road"
    What disappointed you about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    Is this about the kid, the mom,the dad, grandma, grandpa, Dresden, 9/11, or old Mr. Black? It's hard to tell when all the loose ends remain loose when the narrator says 'The End'. There were so many bits of stuff here that were never resolved that the story ends with the listener saying 'You have GOT to be kidding!'

    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Safran Foer’s story?

    Too many unresolved subplots. Actually, the whole book consists of unresolved subplots. It's a little like modern classical music in that way. Lots of notes and noise but very little actual meaning.

    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    None. They were fine.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was in English. Old Mr. Black upstairs was the one character who made sense, But what happened to him? Another loose end.

    Any additional comments?

    I hope the movie rewrote the ending and left out the odd sexy bits that really didn't add to the plot. Oh wait, there wasn't a plot. Never mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "Ish The Squish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably. An interesting read if you keep the historical context in mind, This is a pre-television story. It's probably 8 or 10 years pre-Atlas Shrugged

    If you’ve listened to books by George R. Stewart before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.

    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis – was your favorite?

    The boy.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but I thought Ish was much too easily pushed around by the other adults and did not stand up for the intellectual growth of the group. He started with mid-20th century people of a western civilization and and led them back maybe a thousand years.

    That didn't have to happen.

    I did find the last portions of the book annoying where the tribe was abusing Ish. I really didn't get that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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