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This is my second Chuck Palahniuk book, and I was not disappointed. This is the story of a woman who grew up in a trailer park in Georgia and ended up on an island in New England. She was destined to be an artist, but that dream is long gone by the time we meet her. Now she is a (practically) single mother struggling to make it on an island full of old blood with no money. What used to be her husband lies comatose and she must now find a way to keep her daughter and mother-in-law alive. Meanwhile the other islanders, as broke as she is, keep looking to her to pick up her paints again. This is a supernatural book...I don't know that I'd call it a thriller per se, but it does have its moments. This one is definitely worth the time.
Martha Plimpton (I remember her from The Goonies, though you may know her from Raising Hope) does a fantastic job as our heroine; she captures her frustration, rage, exhaustion, and even hope beautifully. She was an excellent choice for narrator of this book.
First, a disclaimer: I am not a Christian. I used to be, but I became disillusioned with it and turned away. That being said, this is an absolutely AMAZING book. Reza Aslan's attempt to strip away 2,000 years of myth and legend to find who the real, historical Jesus was, is absolutely fascinating. He takes the reader back in time to show us the historical context of the Jewish mindset of the time; he paints the world of Palestine with its proper revolutionary fervor; he strips away the contradiction and mythology and is able to bring us a narrative of what probably really happened before, during, and after Jesus's brief but enduring life. He also paints Saul of Tarsus, as well as his true role in the early church, in his proper light.
I am aware of the controversy surrounding this book as well as the arguments against its author. Put away your ignorance and fear and read this book. There is no hostility; there is no anti-semitism; there is no racism nor hatred in this book. Mr. Aslan is a religious scholar hunting the truth about Jesus of Nazareth - who he was, what he preached, what he believed. He isn't looking for the myth; for that anyone can simply pick up a bible and read it. He is looking for the man. I happen to agree with his closing statement - Jesus the Man is every bit as compelling as Jesus the Christ; he is absolutely someone worth believing in. Read this book. You won't be sorry.
Peter Clines tells an amazing story here. Nate Tucker needs a place to go, and he hears about the Kavach building from a nominal co-worker. The rent is cheap, utilities are included, and it's even a little closer to work. So opens 14. Soon Nate learns there are some mysteries surrounding his new home, some of them with even darker ramifications than any of his neighbors dared imagine.
This is not a horror novel by any means. It is definitely a supernatural thriller, and without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. I think of it as Lost meets Stephen King, they get drunk at a bar and have a love child. The story is well-written, the pacing is excellent, and the characters are very interesting.
Ray Porter does a superb job, and pulls off several convincing accents to boot. The production quality is very good as well. GET THIS BOOK.
Neil deGrasse Tyson makes it cool to be a space geek. He is the epitome of the rock star scientist, and he plays that role very well. His book (though dated now) covers a range of fascinating subjects that will appeal to the space geek in all of us. He makes very complex subjects (relatively) easy to understand. This book is actually a collection of essays, all of them enjoyable.
Then there's the narration. Dion Graham does a fine job for the most part, but someone REALLY needs to teach him how to read Roman Numerals. He also makes a few deliberate mispronunciations that ground my mental gears when I'd hear them. Other than that the production quality is fine. If you're curious, or just want to satisfy your inner geek, buy this book.
This is - without a doubt- one of the worst stories I've ever heard. Granted - I'm not a huge fan of detective/murder mystery stories, and this one was free, but that's no excuse. It reads like you're listening to someone play a CSI video game. The performance itself and the quality was average, but the source material was...well...just bad. Unless you're a fan of the series (though I don't see how) don't bother.
Year Zero. The year in which the aliens discovered our music was - simply - the best in the universe. Several decades later, they discover our laws prohibiting piracy and the fines associated with it and discover they owe us all the money. In the entire universe. That has, is, and ever will be made. Some people want their money back - and are ready to destroy us to make that happen. And it's up to Nick Carter (the junior copyright attorney whose job is on the line, not the Backstreet Boy) to save it.
This is the premise for what is - quite simply - the funniest book I've read all year. Fans of Doug Adams should enjoy this book's fantastic use of dry and - sometimes dark - humor. In it, we follow Nick on his frenetic journey to try and save our primitive society from being encouraged to "self-destruct". He makes frequent use of asides (referred to as footnotes within the novel) to give us just a wee bit more information as well as humor. We learn of the Townsend Line (put in place to protect us from trillions of Who fans), alien reality TV (a Vulgar Art), Wrinkling (borrowed from Madeleine L'Engle, I'm sure), Metallicum, the heaviest metal in the universe (Go James and Lars!), and The Kotter Moment (when the theme song of Welcome Back, Kotter caused the spontaneous endorphin filled brain explosions of countless sentient beings across the infinite reaches of space). This is a rather short novel, but well worth every moment and every penny (as are, apparently, even the worst of our musical offerings *coughJustinBiebercough*). The production quality is excellent, and John Hodgman does an excellent job as the calm, clueless, and unexpectedly brilliant and creative Nick Carter (again, the junior copyright attorney, NOT the Backstreet Boy) as well as many other folks we meet along the way.
So come along, and learn how the Iraq war and Glenn Beck saved us from our own self-destruction. While you're at it, you can also learn what a rabid hyena with rectal acid burns sounds like. Buy this book. You won't regret it.
Dr. Leary at his angry and sarcastic best examining exactly why we, as Americans, suck. The only complaint I had was this book is abridged. Still, it is wickedly funny and very well read by the author.
If you're a fan of Denis Leary, you will enjoy this book. If you're bent on hating the man, don't waste your money. He is uncensored and pissed.
Daniel O'Malley's debut novel is - simply put - spectacular. This is the story of a girl who wakes up - literally - and has a life thrust upon her in which she must find who is attempting to kill her. She happens to also have extraordinary mental powers and works for an obscure branch of the British government known as the Chequy.
The novel is tightly written, incredibly funny, and well worth the time to listen.
Susan Duerden does a fantastic job narrating this story. She brings the characters to life and pulls off a number of accents surprisingly well. The production is excellent as well. Get this book - you'll be glad you did.
Thomas Harris's eponymous classic in audiobook form. If you've never read this book before, this is an excellent way to experience it for the first time. If you've experienced it before, this is an excellent way to revisit Clarice Starling's first encounter with Dr. Lecter. Frank Muller does an outstanding job with this book, particularly as Dr. Lecter. His performance is finely crafted, full of nuance and barely hidden menace. Get this book - it is, without a doubt, a must read.
Hunger Games and Catching Fire were both excellent books. I expected the trend to continue with Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games trilogy. I was disappointed. This book picks up shortly after Catching Fire ends, with Katniss in the hospital. It was disappointing to see exactly how much of the book she spent in hospital. The book starts slowly, picks up steam in the second act, and ends basically on a whimper. Peeta is a non-actor for a large part of the book. I understand that she was trying to show the psychological damage Katniss suffered up to this point, but she mainly succeeds in painting Katniss as a stubborn and sullen girl who wants nothing more than to sulk about in District 13.
Still, it is the conclusion to the trilogy and if one wants to journey with these characters to the end of their journey, one must read this book. It is still a good book despite its shortcomings, and Carolyn McCormick delivers her usual strong performance despite the weakness of the material. I recommend getting this book, but if you can use a credit or a discount for it, do so.
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