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Robert Anthony

Florida | Member Since 2012

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  • Cat's Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (402)

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    Robert says: "KV at his best."
    "Really light and fun"
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    If you could sum up Cat's Cradle in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, irreverent, intellectual


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bokonon, a central character, a cult figure that is seen directly only in the closing pages of the book, but is present via the descriptions of the other characters from the first chapter. "I would have been a Bokononist then, if there had been anyone to teach me the bittersweet lies of Bokonon."


    What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration without trying too hard at the various voices.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7015)
    Performance
    (3380)
    Story
    (3384)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Take care of your brother, Theo."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The basic plot here is quite formulaic, and I think admittedly so, but the author more than makes up for this with well developed characters that you fall in love with. The story unfolds in a way that continually pulls you back in, saying to yourself "I will just read a bit more, need to see how they get out of (insert dramatic crisis)."


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relationships, small surprises, and a satisfying ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Take care of your brother, Theo." Peter remembers his mother, on her deathbed saying this to him when she thought she was speaking to his brother, Theo. He grapples with this secret declaration of his weakness for much of the book. The scene where he resolves this conflict is my favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (849)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Unique style, moving story, great characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kafka on the Shore the most enjoyable?

    I loved the surreal style where you constantly wondered if it was supernatural events, or some kind of schizophrenic characters interpretation of the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to select one. Kafka, because I think you can relate to his lost-ness. Nakata is a character you cannot help but love, especially his conversations with cats. Colonel Sanders and Johnny Walker are right up there because of the absurdity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the book is moving but specifics would spoil it for those who have not read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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