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Geoff

Newmarket, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 330 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (594)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "He wears the ring, all right"
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    Utterly beautiful coming-of-age story and a love-letter to the city of Charleston. The narration by Dan John Miller is excellent. I fear whatever I read next, apart from a classic, is going to suffer greatly by comparison.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Train Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

    Geoff says: "A compact epic"
    "A compact epic"
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    Performance
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    Lyricism that's reminiscent of James Lee Burke and Faulkner, and is therefore right in narrator Will Patton's wheelhouse. A novella of the opening and closing of the American West that can be enjoyed without "worldly interests intervening...[to] modify, annul or counteract...the impressions of the book," to quote Anthony Doerr (quoting Poe) in the New York Times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4147)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1995)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Plain loved it"
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    Liked American Gods, but loved Anansi Boys. A lot (most?) of the credit has to go to Lenny Henry, who is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (424)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Wish I'd known it was a Heinlein 'juvenile'"
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    Couldn't bear it. If you're in the mood for some late '50s vintage sci-fi for children, give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6604)
    Performance
    (5877)
    Story
    (5877)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Pleasant froth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The setting is alluring and Jim Dale's narration is excellent, but the main characters are two-dimensional and the magicians' duel at the heart of the story is anything but fierce. As has been said elsewhere in these reviews, The Night Circus feels like a story that was crafted to catch a specific wave in popular fiction. Of course, knowing your audience is not a crime.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Experiment is dangerous"
    Overall
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    Took a chance on Wolfe, whom I'd never heard of, and regret it. Life is too short for art this long and devoid of incident. Wolfe's highly regarded verbal inventiveness quickly feels gimmicky and is not enough to redeem a tale I plodded through. The narration was no help.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6210)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2350)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "About the blandest thing I've ever read"
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    Story

    The writing and narration are so unremarkable that its popularity astonishes me. Not inherently bad, just completely by the numbers. Shogun beats it by miles for a fun tale of feudal Japan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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