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Larry Lurio

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2002

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  • The Glass Bead Game

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (98)

    Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

    Michael says: "Great – but be warned"
    "Blew me away"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a long journey that leaves you in a different place when you're done reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Consequences: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alison Lurie
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (2)

    Truth and Consequences is a comedy about love and its disguises, and about identity and change, about the small disasters and sudden attractions that can turn even the most stable relationship upside down. Alison Lurie's latest novel suggests that a minor illness can cause major trouble. But it can also, with luck, determination, and the right sort of help, free both caregivers and caregetters to become more interesting, braver, and more passionate than they were before.

    Juli says: "Monotonous reading"
    "A well crafted story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this story which focused on the spouses of "famous" people, in this case the wife of a professor at "Corinth" college (must be really Cornell) and the husband of a famous novelist. It was a very intimate portrait of the characters enmeshed a story line with just enough momentum to keep you moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.

    Michelle says: "I loved the story and the narrator"
    "deeply emotional but too long"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Thread of Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the top half of the books I've listened to. I finished it! I enjoyed it, but it was a bit slow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thread of Grace?

    When the book finally gets near the conclusion and all the story threads come together it was quite engaging. It just took a bit too long to get there.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The characters were well read and distinguishable. As usual, female narrators do the women better than the men, but overall still quite nice.


    Any additional comments?

    The book covers a forgotten (at least from the US) part of world war II and does a great job of making the period come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jay Allison, Dan Gediman (editors)
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers 75 essayists - ranging from famous to previously unknown - completing the thought that begins the book's title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, This I Believe II, like the first New York Times best-selling collection, showcases moving and irresistible essays.

    C. Telfair says: "A Worthy Sequel"
    "Good in small doses"
    Overall

    There are some really good essays and some pretty good essays. All of it is worth listening too, but it gets to be a bit boring after the 10th essay or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (137)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Robin says: "Entertaining, Enjoyable and a Must Read"
    "Still good, but not perfect"
    Overall

    The second volume of the Eragon Series has some exciting plot developments and a generally good story. Still, the prose can be a little awkward at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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