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Dean

Sioux City, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

    Dean says: "It is worth the read."
    "It is worth the read."
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    Chuck Palahniuk writes about a variety of topics. Each time he finds something new in the human condition. Talking about the Porn industry and those it attracts isn't an easy read. Yet Palanhniuk write a story about humanity in all its gory detail. This story has stayed with me for a while, which I didn't think would happen from such a short story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "Overhyped and boring"
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    I am afraid that this "classic" has not aged well. Not much action, not much payoff. Just boring and lifeless, kind of like the New South Wales setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Steve Martin Delivers again"
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    Steve Martin once again delivers a great book. Who knew the actor could do the research required to deliver a compelling story of the art world and how it works and also an interesting love story as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15514)
    Performance
    (14042)
    Story
    (14136)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "An entertaining and compeling story"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is just a great story. This story is full of surprises and turns, and it keeps the listener interested until the final page. Very entertaining and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1060)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "An important and informative book"
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    This book contains fascinating information regarding human sexuality and what it means today. It takes a hard look at where we as a species comes from and how modern human beings are forced to adapt to a different notion of sexuality today.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9330)
    Performance
    (8553)
    Story
    (8603)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Best story I've read in a while"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely. The narrator brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    Nothing else quite like it.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate brings the characters to life in a way that I wouldn't have expected on my own.


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

    Actually, the book is full of moving scenes. Again, one of the best I've read in a while.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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