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C

Chestnuthill, MA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The New Yorker, January 21st 2013 (David Owen, David Remnick, James Surowiecki)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By David Owen, David Remnick, James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "Southern Discomfort", by George Packer; "That Sunk-Cost Feeling", by James Surowiecki; "The Psychology of Space", by David Owen; "The Party Faithful", by David Remnick; and "Violent Screen", by Anthony Lane.

    Steve says: "Another Great Issue"
    "Get rid of the opinion pieces"
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    David Remnick's usual slamming of Israel turned out to be completely wrong as the elections showed. A real disservice to the readers. The New Yorker is at its best best reporting the facts and injecting as little as possible of the editor's and author's prejudices. Their failure to edit out 2nd takes is also frankly an insult. Get it together already.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1846)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (652)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Stay away"
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    I admit I gave up after losing 12 hours of my life to this travesty. This is simply a travelogue of a an obnoxious Vietnam vet who returns to Vietnam 20 years after the war. Anything that happens in the book after the first 12 hrs cannot redeem the first 12 hrs. Complete boredom. There are much better Vietnam war remembrance books out there and there is zero suspense in this one.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Graham Rowat, Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy.

    C says: "Torture to listen to"
    "Torture to listen to"
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    I dreaded listening to this book and admit that I gave up about halfway through. It is simply depressing and filled with graphic depictions of tortures, murders and general bad interpersonal relationships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Drawing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robin Black
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Augusta and Owen have moved to the country, and live a quiet, and rather solitary life, Gus as a painter, Owen as a writer. They have left behind the city, and its associations to a troubled past, devoting their days to each other and their art. But beneath the surface of this tranquil existence lies the heavy truth of Gus’s past betrayal, an affair that ended, but that quietly haunts Owen, Gus, and their marriage. When Alison Hemmings, a beautiful British divorcée, moves in next door, Gus, feeling lonely and isolated, finds herself drawn to Alison....

    C says: "Very annoying characters"
    "Very annoying characters"
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    Maybe I shouldn't have ordered this book because I don't care much for domestic dramas but the art aspect appealed to me. The parts of the book about art were in fact very good.
    I'm not a reader who necessarily has to like the characters in a book, but these characters were simply annoying. The narrator is extremely egocentric and the other characters are not much better. Also, on approximately every other page someone is apologizing about something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10282)
    Performance
    (9783)
    Story
    (9803)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Really enjoyed it"
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    Lots of humor and interesting story. It may not be suitable for people who get bored by technical stuff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4467)
    Performance
    (2916)
    Story
    (2948)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Can't recommend"
    Overall
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    I have listened to several Gaiman books and have enjoyed them all. This one tried to be funny and is not and all in all is kind of dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brown Dog: Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Ray Porter, Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    New York Times best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of America's most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog - a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian - has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never before published, into one volume - the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison's irresistible Everyman.

    Dr. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "2/3 of a good listen"
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    There are 3 novellas here. The story is great in all three. However, the first 2 are narrated by the same person who does a great job, while the last one is narrated by a different narrator who makes BD sound like a simpleton. Couldn't finish the third one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil All the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald Ray Pollock
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.”

    Kathy says: "WOW What a FIND!"
    "Good story and fantastic narration"
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    The narration was among the best that I have heard. The story is of the Southern Gothic variety. Not everybody like this genre, but if you do, this one is a real standout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (3036)
    Story
    (3037)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    First of all the narrators voice is very annoying after a couple of hours. Second the story is incredibly boring with cardboard characters and cliched themes. If it wasn't by Stephen King it would never have seen the light of day

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4355)
    Performance
    (3728)
    Story
    (3728)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Presumed Innocent did it much better"
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    I liked the courtroom scenes but the domestic scenes were nothing special at all. Typical parent teenage interactions that are kind of dull. Cutting out about a third would have improved the pace. If you want to read (or listen) to a similar book that is more to my liking, check out Presumed Innocent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorker, October 21, 2013 (Hendrik Hertzberg, Lizzie Widdicombe, Ari Shavit)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Hendrik Hertzberg, Lizzie Widdicombe, Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    "Impeach Obama!" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Nail-Biter" by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Open Season" by James Surowiecki; "Gone Girl" by Margaret Talbot; "Lydda, 1948" by Ari Shavit; "Head Count" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Fighting to Survive" by David Denby.

    C says: "I give up"
    "I give up"
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    The New Yorker just keeps getting worse from week to week. The articles are now of three types: Fluff that would be better off in People magazine, boring examinations of subjects that are of little to interest to anyone outside of Manhattan and politically slanted pieces that are intended to make a point. In addition the narrator often makes mistakes which he then corrects and the editors can't be bothered to remove the mistake. Bye, no more subscription for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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