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ratings
25
REVIEWS
3
FOLLOWING
2
FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
4

  • I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Donovan
    • Narrated By Michael Urie, Stacey Donovan, Brent Hartinger, and others
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    (33)
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    (27)
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    When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely 13-year-old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother. Between alcohol-infused lectures about her self-sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy's only comfort is his beloved dachshund, Fred. Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends. But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to understand what happened and what it might mean.

    michael says: "Will I get there?"
    "Real and one of my favorite listens"
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    A touching, tactful, and entertaining novel. The plot is very simple, and it revolves around a 13-year old, his family, his dog, and a friend. The narrator does a fantastic job; I especially liked his rendering of the mother, which kept me entertained through the first half of the novel, where little seems to happen. The essays at the end of the story helped me locate the novel in its context. I wish I could have read this as a teenager, and reading it now pleased the teenage inside of me immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (389)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "A Love Story Worthy of a Universal Poem"
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    This is not a simple retelling of he Iliad, but an original contribution to the homeric poem. Miller's Song makes Achilles a lot more sympathetic than in the original poem and brings Patroclus to the foreground. The language is terse and beautiful, the metaphors appropriate to the setting, and the characterizations vivid and realistic. Although the author makes substantial contributions to the story of the war at Troy, adding a prequel and a touching, satisfying finale, the original material is handled with such care and reverence that it reads like a love letter to Homer. Absolutely beautiful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Best American Erotica 2007 (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Susie Bright, Vanessa Baggott, Kim Wright, and others
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Carrington Macduffie, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    In the 14th edition of this seductive series, erotica's veterans and up-and-coming new writers join forces to explore how tantalizing crossing the so-called Lolita gap between youth and middle age can be.

    Steven says: "the voice acting was not mood setting"
    "This will shock you"
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    I have several erotica collections, and this is my favorite: bold, unpredictable, and dealing with very, very risky territory (let me give you a hint: the theme is "youth"). From beginning (a retelling of the Genesis myth) to end (a delectable feminist's nightmare), this volume packs more controversy than you thought you would be able to find in a single volume. It made me a fan of the Best American Erotica series. You will be aroused and shocked-and shocked to be aroused. Go straight to Dennis Cooper's excerpt from The Sluts and Trebor Healey's "The Pancake Circus" and you will understand what pushing the limits means.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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