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David

Omaha, NE, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (373)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Eggers is a great storyteller"
    Overall

    Dave Eggers knows how to tell a story. The story is compelling and thought provoking. This story confirms that old adage that the truth is stranger than fiction. The narration is spot on.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (129)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Terrific read"
    Overall

    The writing is captivating and the story is intriguing. it is a good illustration of how people exhibit double standards. It is a revealing commentary on academe and is sometimes erotic and sometimes enlightening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Bullshit

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Harry G. Frankfurt
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bulls**t. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bulls**t and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bulls**t is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.

    sara jane says: "The philosophy of bullshit"
    "Didn't live up to its hype"
    Overall

    I felt that I was the victim of bullshit. There were some interested insights, but it was mostly a disappointment.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Engaging throughout"
    Overall

    This was a fully entertaining and captivating book. Weeks later, I still think about the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (166)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Puerility personified"
    Overall

    This book is sophmoric and puerile with a few sections that made you think. I can get most of the dialog by hanging around a locker room. That's not what I expect from a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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