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Edmund

Framingham, MA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (534)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Weak idea and just as weak effort"
    Overall

    For all the fans that Sedaris has garnered over the years with his twisted humor, you would think his editor would set the bar a bit higher - not just conceptually but regarding execution. How many anthropomorphized "animals talking like humans" premises have we heard in long and short form, done so much better and without the juvenile ugly gross-out extremes ? Not original, not well thought out, not a reasonable length (try burned length on cd of 2 1/2 cds...). Not much value for your money - and this is the opinion of a long time fan. The extreme gross-out stuff is not so cute or deeply creative either. One or two stories in a much larger collection might have worked - but to base every story in his so called 'book' on the same hackneed idea - well it would have been difficult for a much better humorist.
    I have heard many stories of Sedaris's where feel you are getting disappointed but you still feel compelled to cut him some slack because of his past best work and you keep listening hoping to reveal a new gem and ultimately your effort is wasted. Save yourself an Audible credit and skip this one - or find in a library if you must. You'll thank me. If you bought it already, ask his editor why they let him release this drivel. Wait - as I see from the NY Times Best Seller list - I know why. Purely to milk the cash cow of his fan base. It's my last Sedaris purchase - I wonder how many other fans will feel the same way after reading/hearing it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (427)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "Esoteric math and science NOT for the masses"
    Overall

    Ok - we all want think we are intelligent. We love science and are often facinated by
    new discoveries and theoretical developments we might hear about. We hunger for more learning that will challenge our limits. So...maybe we put our hard earned bucks where our minds are and spring for a 13 hour tour de force by a writer that claims to dumb everything down to simple analogies we all can grasp. Yes - great idea. This book ? Total failure. After cd 2, its what you always feared about cosmic level math and physics - lots of bizarre, badly explained theories that don't make much sense to laymen, and lots of
    absurdly convoluted mathmatical formulas that somehow the editor went along with. We can all nod to each other with a wry knowing smile when someone mentions this book, we can even believe we understand it - but seriously, unless your compulsion for masocism is unchecked and needs expressing thru audio book self-torture - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Then again, if you have the steel will of a loon - buy it, listen to all 13+ hours and as a chaser, follow it up by the horrid David Sedaris book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk....

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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