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Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.

Georgia | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.

    Jennifer says: "Beautiful Collection"
    "Pointless"
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    There comes a point for any good artist, where in their performance they must back off of their talent and come back to the basics in order not to lose sight of their main objective. I compare this book to listening to a great guitarist doing nothing but playing one long a&* solo for ten hours straight. The first twenty minutes you think, this is great... then you have the same pointless performance for another 9 hours and 40 minutes. ..... DRONE......

    I want story, not your random thoughts flung across the page. If this guy was published for that, then someone get my name out to a publishing house. My cover letter.....

    Today, the intercity traffic was yellow. Cars flowed by on the street and fragmented along in the reflections of the glass skyscrapers as if they were salmon fighting their way upstream. Mrs. _______ approached the edge of the sidewalk and glanced down at the tips of open-toed shoes. They were forest green, but she swore that she had put on a pair of red shoes this morning. Matter of fact she swore that this morning was still in its process of taking place. Wasn't it? Had she even rolled out of bed yet?

    She couldn???t remember.

    A passing car's horn brought her attention back to the street. The little white man in the black box across the road began to blink, and the group of pedestrians that stood around her stepped down from the curb. She stepped to the street and faulted and watched the three lead people in the group walking away from her. Her shoes where now white....n blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...... this goes on for about another six pages and then for the ending.

    Mrs.____ returned to sleep.

    Who cares! Pointless just like this whole series of short stories.
    Waste your talent on someone else next time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (858)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Fun leap into the apocalypse"
    Overall
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    This book held my attention and put me right there at the airfield with the protagonist, though it did drag in a few spots and spawn a love interest that seemed to have no place in this kind of story other than to give this tale a bit of happy for those that need that sort of thing.
    Other than that, it was a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Darwin8u says: "Absurd Gout of Hallelucinationatory Crazy"
    "No story, as others note"
    Overall
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    Story

    As others have noted, there is no real story here, just an author with a dictionary for a foundation of vocabulary knowledge and the poetic means to use it in a hypnotic sense. Blood Meridian pulls both the above concept and a great story together that allow McCarthy's words to spill out gore onto the page in tantric swipes of page turning horror and interest. This, while still along the same lines as that, fails to do so since the story just kind of mimics the flow of a river by meandering around bends until it just ends. Simply put, there is no driving force, no goal or underlining current that is there for the main character to achieve.

    Did I like it?
    Even with the above.... Yes.

    Would I recommend it?
    Yes. It is worth the listen just to see/hear a truly great writer flinging massive amounts of talent out across the blank page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (943)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "A somewhat fun ride through the castle's rooms"
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    This book is a fun ride back into the land of old where witches dwelled and spells were cast and kings ruled men and woman were merely sex objects and everyone reeked of piss and shit. By the way... if that offends you, then this book is NOT for you. :-) There are a lot of curse words in here. However, they are well played and hilarious if you don't mind a bit of the ol' "kiss my ass" type of talk.

    The story itself plays out into a nice adventure of a fool and what more could one ask for then maybe a skirt or two to shag with when the sun goes down and the king's temper is short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
    "Great set of mind"
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    Tom Wolfe, Hunter S Thompson, and David F Wallace... There are just a few authors (journalist) that deserve to have their words stand long after the living have forgotten their faces and the world in which the words were penned has moved on. These guys and a handful of others deserve that right to live on into future.

    There are four stories here and the Adult convention coverage story is worth the price of the book. Based on that painted horror of narrative, one needs to only halfway listen to understand that something is terribly wrong with the counterculture of the adult industry. Wallace shows us the truth of the misguided and mislead men and women that bare it all for the camera and what he reveals is not the golden rump in the haystack, but the basement rape of innocence and humanity... and I like porn (however, not nearly as much after listening to Wallace's account of the AVA in Vegas).

    The Sept 11 account paints a wonderful picture of middle America on a beautiful late summer's morning and the horror that rocked the world. It captures a lot of the disbelief that such hatred and horror could find us on our own home turf and the despair of knowing that peace would now never be a possibility in this life time.

    Buy the book. You will enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1027)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Shrug it off."
    Overall
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    This book, while centered around an idea that grabs one's attention, fails to contact with the fastball the author wanted to throw the reader. It drags. I listened to this over a few months ago and could not even tell you how it ends. Not that I didn't finish the book, I did. I couldn't tell you how it ends, because by that time, I had already mentally checked out of the story. So, proceed with this warning. Do you want to spend the next 17 hours of your life listening to something that you, if like my case, may not remember three months down the road?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

    Tim says: "Dark Read"
    "Nice read"
    Overall
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    For a good book, one needs: a compelling story, at least two good characters, a handful of wisdom, a twist of the norm or a lead that defines normal behavior. Mix all these together and wait for a publishing house to realize your mad work of genius and then do two months of touring and signing and then pray to the gods of literature to be merciful.
    Well, Chuck P. has that recipe and a few more inside this book. It starts off with a "grab your attention situation" and then develops into a "that lead character is very strange" type thing which then develops into a "is society that much like a herd of cows" and then it comes full circle and finishes where it began.
    It's worth a listen. I, myself, have heard it twice now and both times combined were well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast of Champions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

    Glenn says: "My favorite Vonnegut book"
    "Ah...."
    Overall
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    I will say that I do like Kurt Vonnegut's style and more than a handful of his books. His way of writing is like an old friend with sad news that will tell it to you straight. The story itself was Ah... hard to determine.

    I liked certain parts. I liked the writing, but the story feels as though it's missing something. It's interesting, but there is something missing.... I don't know what it is.

    Am I glad I listened to it?
    Of course.
    Will I again sometime in the future.
    Of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6801)
    Performance
    (3234)
    Story
    (3280)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "The book that launch it all."
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    At the age of seventeen, I read the gunslinger. It was the first book I had ever picked up and finished for nothing more than enjoyment. This is the book that taught me that reading is, as they say, fun.

    If you find samurai warriors and western cowboys interesting and honor and code to be something that we should all follow, then this is the book for you. I've read it three times and listened it at least five or six. The story is great and it only gets better as the books continue until the seventh and final book. I think, if you read this first book and find that you like Roland's character and the world he moves around in, then you are in for a hell of a ride over the next six novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

    Shaun says: "Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation."
    "Yea for the new narrator."
    Overall
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    Finally, someone that comes close to style of Hunter's rhythm and pitch and tone. Scott Sowers is an awful narrator of Thompson's work, but Phil Gigante comes as close to perfect as anyone we are likely to hear. The first two hours of the book are great. The letters between Jann Wenner and Hunter are pieced together wonderfully and make you feel as though you were standing over the shoulder of Hunter as the days wore on and he banged them out on his godforsaken type writer.
    The book, however, takes a bit of a dip once it gets into the articles. Most of them are the same articles that run in other published works from hunter over his last years.
    However, if you've never read any other recently published Hunter books, then you will find these articles to be very interesting-- which, by the way, they still are even hearing them for about the three time.

    Overall, I rate it a 4... 5 for the Phil Gigante (PLEASE REDO HIS OTHER BOOKS ON HERE) I've read Fear and Loathing in Vegas three or four times over the past eight years and consider it in my top three favorite books of all time and would love to own a copy of you reading it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6117)
    Performance
    (5431)
    Story
    (5429)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Only finished the first download"
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    I just didn't care. The circus was interesting, but I could care less about the rest of the story. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but after the first half I have no desire to finish the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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