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Chernow

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "An enthralling slice of life novel"
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    Here is a lovely book about unlovely people - flawed people, living fairly mundane lives. Ever wonder about the motivation that led a person to make a poor decision with terrible consequences? That is, in part, what this novel explores.

    The well-developed characters - from a woman who must bring her child to work when her regular babysitter is hospitalized (it happens to many of us, but in this case, 'work' is a strip club) to a man who honestly believes that what he is about to do as one of the hijackers in the 9/11 terrorist attack is a holy act - are believable if not likable. The multiple storylines are thought-provoking and are, for most of the characters, stories of growth, change and redemption in sometimes surprising ways.

    Mr Dubus doesn't overlook detail nor does not dwell on or exploit the horror of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When he writes so intimately from the female perspective, one could forget the author is male. While the character of the terrorist is not a sympathetic character, he is drawn so well that we come to understand that he is a multidimensional human being, capable of love and fear, craving the approval of his family and his spiritual leaders.

    The narrator, Dan John Miller, is to be commended. His well-modulated voice conveys just the right amount of emotion without inserting himself into the story. His accents - particularly when he's reading the role of the southern men - are genuine. I plan to sample some of the other books he has narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (429)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "What "Garp" promised, "In One Person" delivers!"
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    As a straight ally and as a person who loves well-written literature, I am grateful to Irving for this literary gem, one that tenderly explores bisexuality and transgender issues with love and respect. I appreciated the affection and acceptance shown by the most loving characters and the struggles the well-developed characters face. The account of the AIDS crisis years is painfully honest and unromanticized. The conclusion perfect. There were moments in the book when the narrator's energy flagged, yet he was always spot-on when he was reading dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1262)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "Painful to listen to"
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    The author's accent makes it very difficult to understand his English narration and I listened to as much as I could stand to - but it seemed to me to be all about him. Nothing he had to say was very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Great for distraction, not literary genius"
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    Fannie Flagg is funny! She spins a good yarn, her accents are authentic and this book has plenty of heart-warming moments. "I Still Dream About You" doesn't have the sociological heft of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe" but it is an enjoyable book. I think it was probably better as an audiobook than as a stand-alone novel and certainly is a great book to listen to while recovering from an injury or taking a walk. None of the male characters are very well developed and the plot is a little windy, but several of the main female characters are interesting and show realistic growth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1065)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "a one-note joke"
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    I wanted this to be funny and it is, in places. But once the listener absorbs that Justin Halpern's dad is a radiologist who uses foul language, this is nothing much. Dr. Halpern's comments aren't all - or even mostly - gems. I wouldn't waste money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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