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DUmont, NJ, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 102 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Good start, muddied end"

    The book starts out with a fascinating chapter on the language of African drums (I'd always wondered) and moves into intriguing takes on early information "technologies" like The Telegraph and a visionary inventor who imagined a steam-driven computer in Victorian England. But is gets lost into deeper and deeper algorthmic analysis of information that disconnects from the core idea of communications. Nonetheless, it's often amazing and always thought provoking.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "come on, you know you're thinking it..."

    Jackson's delivery takes this from novelty to must listen. Jackson starts soft, even warm, and let's the Pulp Fiction sneak up on you. Hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Worth the hype"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While this book is long, the characters are rich and engaging.

    What other book might you compare Freedom to and why?

    It's certainly in the tradition of American Pastoral, though I liked Freedom more as a story. The pay-offs are stronger in Freedom and I enjoyed spending time with the characters.

    Would you be willing to try another one of David LeDoux’s performances?

    Yes, though I wouldn't go out of my way to seek one out. I actually question the male-only casting (no fault of Mr. LeDoux's), since many chapters are told from the wife's first person point-of-view (a conceit of the story is how she writes her autobiography.) He also struggles with the intonations of a character who is both Indian and female.

    Was Freedom worth the listening time?

    Defintely worth the listening time. Hopefully Frazen takes less than 10 years for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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