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Samuel

PITTSBURGH, Panama | Member Since 2012

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  • The Virgin Suicides

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (522)

    This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

    Lexi Lou says: "Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook"
    "Try reading it instead..."
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    I found that the slow pace of the narration made listening to this audiobook a chore. I am guessing that this could be an interesting quick read, as a character study, but lacks the substance to be consumed as an 8 hour audiobook. I found that I could not keep the girls straight, and I was just waiting for them to kill themselves so the book could be over.

    It's a shame, because it's such a compelling concept and I've heard great things about Eugenides. I'm going to try Middlesex even though I did not like this book, that's pretty clearly his masterpiece.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3274)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Solid memoir"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The introduction was fantastic. I don't want to give too much away, but the first 30 minutes are practically guaranteed to make you cry.

    I love and respect Cheryl Strayed so much. She has overcome trauma and loss, and written about it in order to allow the rest of the world to benefit from her journey. I feel that this is a fantastic coming-of-age novel, though I don't see many other teens and early 20-somethings reading it. It's about giving yourself a challenge so that you can become an adult - a loving, mature, beautiful adult - despite whatever hardships and misfortune life has thrown your way.

    However, I must admit that it felt that things dragged towards the end. For awhile it seemed like the actual description of the hike itself was tedious, and I simply listened patiently for Cheryl to return to more compelling personal stories. I wish Cheryl had told us more about herself, and a little less about every single stop that she makes to get her resupply boxes.

    I think that this memoir has a lot in common with Eat, Pray, Love. I love both of these books. If you are familiar with this work, here are some key differences:

    1 - Cheryl faced struggles more beyond her control (rural poverty, a violent father, the early death of her mother, etc) whereas Liz Gilbert was battling mostly with her inner demons and neuroses, and self-inflicted romantic drama. Cheryl struggles to finance going on a very spartan hike, and just feels grittier and more real than Gilbert, who gets an advance to travel around the world for a year with the explicit purpose of writing about her travels.

    2 - Cheryl is less explicitly spiritual about her journey of self discovery. Though hiking can be meditative, there is no discussion of mantras, gurus, shakras, etc. I think this could be appealing to many who found EPL to be a little too "out there" spiritually.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed Bernadette Dunne's reading of the book, and she managed to put many layers of depth of expression into simple words and phrases. However, I must say that I wish that Cheryl Strayed had recorded this herself. She did a fine job recording her other recent release "Tiny Beautiful Things" (also highly recommended), and I think that it is truly remarkable to hear to author of a memoir tell his or her own life story.


    Any additional comments?

    The print version includes some photos of Cheryl's hike, people she met, her infamous backpack "Monster". Check out Oprah's book club website to see these photos - you don't want to miss them because you were listening to the audiobook. I also listened to "Tiny Beautiful Things" also by Cheryl Strayed, and I feel that it is an excellent companion to Wild. I feel like that book actually reveals much more about Cheryl than Wild does, even though it was never intended to be a memoir. The advice and stories that she shares is absolutely life-changing.

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  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Melinda says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
    "Incredible mix of stories and life philosophy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this was a life changing book. I would recommend it to anyone who has faced challenges or struggles in their life. It is a guide for overcoming adversity - not just by sticking your head down and working through it - but by providing an emotional guide for processing the difficult parts of life, empowering us to transform our challeneges into character and strength, creativity and culture. It is a inspiring "self-help" type of book for those of us who would usually be more likely to read literary criticism or classics than anything that is typically thought of as self-help.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheryl's performance gets better as you go along - at first her pacing was uneven with some unnecessary pauses but she fixes this quickly. It is really powerful to listen to an author telling her own story (especially for a memoir-type book... her story really is HER STORY).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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