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Fredtopia

Fredtopia

SEATTLE, WA, US | Member Since 2000

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  • Leave it to Psmith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (85)

    The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

    Fredtopia says: "Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things"
    "Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things"
    Overall

    This book is fantastic, one of my favorite titles by Wodehouse. While listening to this title, I had an epiphany about the inspiration and influence that Douglas Adams found in the work of P.G. Wodehouse, especially for the Dirk Gently series by Adams - my absolute favorite books. The writing style, clever use of the English language, and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things (including all elements of the plot) brought me to a new of appreciation of both authors' work.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Self-indulgent Nonsense"
    Overall

    The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons were great, but the Lost Symbol is terrible. I'd give it a zero rating if it was available. Without giving any spoilers... The beginning is way overdone with fawning over descriptions of the super rich and powerful. Not a paragraph goes by without gushing about how each character is elite and wealthy and fantastic - we get it. The plot is predictable, almost every turn in the road is apparent as the character starts down the path. The climax is clumsily limped along by the authorities demonstrating pathetic mistakes in basic police work for the sake of plot development and allowing the characters to fall back into danger. The need to preserve secrecy that motivates many of the characters and the national security emergency that are revealed toward the end are simply ridiculous. The ending is weak and slow to bring the characters to closure, who are inappropriately underwhelmed by the tragedies they have endured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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