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  • The Denial of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ernest Becker
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

    Michael says: "Symbology is central to all human behavior"
    "This is why psychotherapy is irrelevant now"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Becker and/or Raymond Todd?


    Has The Denial of Death turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Which scene was your favorite?


    Could you see The Denial of Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    It is an interesting trip into another time of rigid arrogant templates for human misery, temporary or permanent. I was amazed at exactly how rigid and how accepted and lauded Freud's theories are. That is the only thing that kept me listening to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Lord Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman

    Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

    Melinda says: "An Interesting Re-Telling of a Little Known Man"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No one can improve on the author,s portrayal of Brown, burning up before our eyes

    However with the absence of any other charcter development, the minstrel show humor,
    I cannot imagine who, how old, where educated, and what color the critics are. Literature's power to transport us does not rely on repetitious celebration of saying forbidden words and telling dirty stories.
    It is not even disgusting at last; it is just a waste of time. Where is the value ?

    Has The Good Lord Bird turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What genre do you think it is?

    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Boatman’s performances?

    Yes. I won't notice, probably.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. The fine portrayal of John Brown

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Waaaay overwritten"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants to know about every furniture covering

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something light, not self conscious.....maybe a dip back to Harry Bosch. Or a brain research book that is popular now.

    What didn’t you like about Robert Glenister’s performance?

    He misread, without correction, too many sentences. His voice is nice and noninterfering, but he overruns phrasing and gets it wrong.
    Do you not allow readers to correct their misreads?

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Any third of the book....not too long, too slow.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved the potter characters, execution and most of the plot lines. Wouldn't have missed a one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Was he, or wasn't he?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This writer easily challenges Elmore Leonard for king of dialogue; this long selection flies by. Totally believable characters in hardship and life lessons few of us knows. American history that no one else is going to tell you in a way that you FEEL it. The reader is very much a part of why you want the Audible experience rather than written word. He is old enough and has paid enough attention to Americans of all stripes that he brings you right in to Shadow Country. Enough of my 72 years have been spent around people who are a few steps farther along that I can recognize them and me, even though we are educated and wealthy in comparison,I love this and will listen again to favorite events in the lives of the folks I have become familiar with.

    What other book might you compare Shadow Country to and why?

    I know no other experience like Shadow Country.

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

    No, but I will.

    If you could take any character from Shadow Country out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of the women, to give them hope of change comin'.

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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