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Jonathan

New Haven, CT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Lush Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Price
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

    Richard Delman says: "Eerily real"
    "Fantastic book - excellent reading"
    Overall

    This audiobook is the rare intersection of a great New York story and a contemporary gritty crime novel. Although the story would easily be successful as a plot-driven police procedural, it is lifted into a special place by its focus on characters. Those characters were given greater life by Canavale's reading. Even Canavale's slight mispronunciations are done in a true New York way (witness the way "trompe l'oeil" comes through.

    This is my first Price novel, and I intend to read many more.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1749)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "By the end, you'll root for the moon to win!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a brilliant concept - the Moon has become a little bit like the American colonies and a little like post-penal colony Australia, and is now ready for independence. This is the story of a war, told largely from the viewpoint of a clever, moral, and good-natured computer technician. The voice actor hits the most important voices squarely on the head, especially the four lead characters of the story. His best performance is that of Mycroft, the sentient computer who grows more human throughout the story. Five stars across the board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1658)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this short work fascinating, although not as fully developed as I would have liked. I would have found it more complete if there was more general discussion on how sociopaths fit into our culture to complement the vignettes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3048)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Wonderfully creative story told well."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Captivating story told at the right pace. The author captures the collision of the modern world with the ancient in an imaginative and fantastical way. I found it hard to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5201)
    Performance
    (2089)
    Story
    (2102)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Fun with metaphysics"
    Overall

    This is my first read of a Gaiman novel. As a huge comics fan, I am always hopeful that a writer of comics can succeed as a traditional author.

    Here Gaiman not only did not let me down, but in fact superseded my expectations. The narrative is clever, and the characters are just interesting enough to allow the events to unfold in the way that they need to unfold. We know little about the Shadow character - here that is a good thing.

    The best thing about the novel is that the story becomes both more exciting and plausible as it gets closer to its climax. And the epilogue is even better.

    The narrator is excellent. His vocal repertoire is quite good. It is particularly strong for the female characters, such as Laura, and for the two most interesting male gods, Wednesday and Chernabog. Some of the voices are a tad cartoonish, but they seem to match Gaiman's intentions.

    In summary, this is a highly enthusiastic review of a book that should not disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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