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Robin

Perth, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Rum Diary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s.

    Peter says: "i own this paperback.."
    "A rum review"
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    Loved Thompson's detailed writing although the story took a long time to really get anywhere so I did become a little unengaged. The characters are profoundly real and deeply etched, but on the whole unlikeable as is the protagonist (even though they are entertaining in their dissolute meanderings through life). I find it interesting reading work from the 1950s and earlier, that physical abuse towards women seems to be accepted as easily as batting away a fly. Very disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (978)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "A bleak look at the future"
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    A world where burning books is a valid occupation - what an idea! A brilliant book, so evocative and very emotional with such sparse writing. A gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Within

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Graham Greene tells the story of a man who betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, with no hope of pity, he takes refuge in a woman's house who persuades him to give evidence against his accomplices.

    Malcolm says: "So Japanese"
    "Ditched"
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    I just couldn't get going with this story. Too slow for me and not very much happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Hasn't stood the test of time"
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    I didn't like it much after a 30-year hiatus. Didn't like any of the characters or really care when the major character died. Much ado about nothing. I was also very disturbed with the apparent easy acceptance of violence towards women. I can't really accept that it is something to do with an era. Of course the writing is extremely lyrical and beautifully put together.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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