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Brian

Tumwater, WA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • LA Theatre Works: Modern Classics Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Guare, John Pielmeier, Sam Shepard
    • Narrated By Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, Barbara Bain, and others
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This collection features three modern classics of drama: "Six Degrees of Separation", "Agnes of God", and "True West".

    Brian says: "Fantastic series"
    "Fantastic series"
    Overall

    This was my first listen to the LA Theatre Works series, and I was pretty reluctant to use up two of my precious subscriber credits on one download. However, it was completely worth it, and I plan to download more in the series.

    I usually listen to novels, and this was a completely different experience -- much more like the actual theater than an audiobook. I was really surprised by how engrossed I was in these performances. Although a certificable audiobook addict, I usually listen to audio books while doing another activity. These, however, would have been enough to keep me completely occupied in their own right.

    Wonderful experience, wonderful performances, and one of the few downloads I fully intend to listen to again and again. Bravo!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Reminds me of Neil Gaiman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Angelmaker the most enjoyable?

    I didn't have high expectations for this book. I picked it up, relatively sight unseen, as part of a two-for-one deal. Absolutely loved it. Immediately got a copy for my husband, who also loved it. Can't wait to read other works by this author.

    The tone reminded me very pleasantly of Neil Gaiman, of whom I'm a completely over the top fan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The speech where the women explain to the villian that they are not, in fact, the good guys.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (884)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Learned Nothing New"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I took one class on neurobiology in college almost 20 years ago, and thought this might be a good book to add to that knowledge.

    Unfortunately, the author didn't have anything insightful to add, since I already knew the difference between a neuron and a synapse. I also felt much of the information was really very basic, but the author's tone was as if each factoid was a massive revelation -- There is a difference between short term and long term memory! Presentations are more interesting when they include personal anecdotes and visual stimuli! Adults learn best in ten minute increments!

    I suppose if I hadn't taken that neurobiology class, or if I was not already reasonably familiar with the principles of public speaking, the book might have been more interesting. I'm usually pretty forgiving of books, but this is the first time in months I felt like I "wasted a credit."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1434)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Story

    I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Eugenides, so I was delighted to see The Marriage Plot available on Audible, and couldn't wait to download it. Unfortunately, and much to my sad surprise, I never really made a real connection with any of the main characters. I found most of the characters distinctly unpleasant, so it became more and more difficult to understand why they all were falling in love with each other, or even why any of them were friends. All of the characters' attitudes of "better than" -- culturally, intellectually, romantically, spiritually -- were too thick for me to feel anything like compassion for them. They weren't the three dimensional, complicated characters I'm used to meeting in Eugenides books.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2420)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Dark but moving"
    Overall

    I was so moved by this book. I got it because I like "post apocalyptic" stories, but this was very different. Most end of the world stories are ultimately about starting over, going back to Eden, building a better world than the old one, etc. This was much more an allegory about the nature of hope, and what it means to be "one of the good guys."

    Seriously dark, like extra dark with a side of dark, but beautiful and poignant, in a way that it couldn't be if it wasn't in that stark contrast with darkness and despair. The story strips away all the trappings of the world until all that's left is who we are and what we believe in. I didn't take it especially literally, but wondered if we aren't each of us both "the man" and "the boy" and our lives are "the road." That's probably just me being flaky though.

    I thought it was really really good, but man, I'm planning to follow it up with something mindless and perky!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Box

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A shattering childhood tragedy left Quentin Fears devastated. But the wealthy, enigmatic recluse has experienced the extraordinarily unexpected: love at first sight, with Madeleine. Now he must meet his new wife's family. A bizarre, dysfunctional collection of extreme characters, they are guarding a secret both shocking and terrifying, as is Madeleine herself. And suddenly Quentin Fears must prevent his dream woman from unleashing an ageless malevolence intent on ruling the world.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "OSC at his best!!!"
    "Just didn't do it for me"
    Overall

    This book just didn't do it for me. While I loved Ender's Game and Lost Boys, and enjoyed Homebody, this story just seemed a bit...off. Really hard to maintain a sense of "suspended disbelief" -- I found myself wondering what was going on in the author's life that made him choose the story line and word choices that he did. Wish I'd used my credits elsewhere.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7517)
    Performance
    (2271)
    Story
    (2263)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Very fun listen"
    Overall

    Loved this book -- totally accessible, lively, and interesting. Before listening to this book, I didn't believe I was much of a nonfiction fan, but now I stand corrected, and am so glad I gave this book a try. I kept having to pause, rewind, and hand my earphones to my husband to listen to certain sections so we could discuss.

    This was one of those books I looked at many times and didn't get for months, and now wonder why in the world I waited as long as I did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (236)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

    K. Hicks says: "A Rediscovery of an Old Friend"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    Loved this book on audio -- one of my favorite audio book experiences, a very pleasant surprise. Took me an hour or two of listening to become completely hooked, but after that I literally couldn't put it down -- stayed up till all hours to hear the final passages. The only audio book that ever made me cry. Just lovely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22295)
    Performance
    (13696)
    Story
    (13838)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Gotta try this"
    Overall

    I'm not generally a fan of science fiction, and only downloaded this because I saw the book listed on a "100 greatest books" list and wondered why a "science fiction" book made the list, and loved every second of it. An engrossing and haunting story that cemented made me take a second look at sci-fi as a genre. Great narrator, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (875)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Surprisingly engrossing"
    Overall

    I looked at this book about 20 times before finally deciding to download it. Although it received lots of other great reviews, I worried it would either be depressing or hard to get into. It was neither, and was extremely enjoyable -- I'd definitely give this one a thumbs up. One of those books that makes you examine what it means to live in the present moment and enjoy the beauty of every day.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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