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Maxwell Peevey

Nebraska City, NE | Member Since 2008

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  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (644)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Excellent, very odd, and very sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Sadness, lonliness, isolation


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Minotaur.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good book, although the thing that really stays with you after both during and after finishing the book is the unrelenting sense of loneliness and sadness that the author imbues in the Minotaur. At times I found the book difficult to listen to because of this. The author did an amazing job of making the Minotaur feel like a real character that exists in the real world. He does such a good job at this that you sometimes forget that he is a mythical creature. This in and of itself can actually feel like a detriment, as the book loses some of the 'magic' that comes from writing about mythical creates.
    Ultimately, I think that this is definitely worth listening to, but just remember that it is not about mythology, it is about the lonliness, sadness and isolation that comes from being different from everyone around you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (694)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Entertaining and fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Gulp again? Why?

    Probably not. Very interesting but I do not think it warrants another listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not applicable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (932)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Melinda says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was really hoping for something funnier


    If you???ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of the weakest books he has published


    What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Euan Morton is an extremely talented narrator. He makes you feel like you are sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a story.


    Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really expected something funny from Christopher Moore, and I was sadly disappointed. I have either read or listened to almost all of his books and this is the first one of his that really felt like a let down. The story is very interesting and well written, it is just that I always expect something funny or witty from Moore, and this was not really either of those things. More of a detective novel with a little bit of silliness in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Completely Engrossing"
    Overall

    This book is was a joy to listen to. Joe Barrett's narration was absolutely phenomenal, and his voice work incredibly impressive. Like the Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, I did not want this book to end. I would have gladly continued listening had it been twice as long, and I still would have been sad when it was finished. An absolute masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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