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David

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Absalom, Absalom!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson township in the early 1830s. With a French architect and a band of wild Haitians, he wrung a fabulous plantation out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness.

    pilot says: "A long, enjoyable listen"
    "Not Faulkner's best work"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Faulkner was notorious for going on a binge when he finished a novel. This book reads like he started drinking heavily from page one. I have read most of his works and this book (next to the Fable) is one of my least favorites. I decide to listen to it, in hopes that it would fall anew to me on listening ears. Unfortunately that was not the case. Faulkner is the master of the stream of consciousness writing that seems to be popular now, but this story was too disjunctive and difficult to follow. The flashback parts of the story make it difficult to tell where you are in space with the timeline. I would certainly not recommend it for bedtime reading. It takes way too much concentration to read casually.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Faulkner? Why or why not?

    I have read most of his work, and will continue to revisit his better works. His best book in my opinion is Intruder in the Dust.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Rosa


    Do you think Absalom, Absalom! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not likely since Faulkner is dead. Anyway, most of his books intertwined the stories of many families in Yoknapatawpha county. To me that is his brilliance. Every time I read one of his works, I can see another story intersecting with it at some point.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Audible. I love to read and there are too many books in the world and too little time. Audible has given me the chance to listen to books while I workout or dive my car.
    Thanks Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1793)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1496)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "A must listen for the hard times ahead."
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    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    factual, thorough, unnerving


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The fact that this is not fiction, but what Lewis writes about has and is still happening today.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is not my favorite reader, he can be a bit monotone at times, but he has good enunciation which I consider more important.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It scared the hell out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs to be listened to by anyone who wants to understand the default and Euro crisis in Europe. It goes to show that we seem to never learn from history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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