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Matt

West Mifflin, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Eating the Dinosaur

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman, Ira Glass, Errol Morris, and others
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fan's inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. It's amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it's incredibly funny.

    Mark says: "Enlightening, entertaining and very well produced"
    "Probably my favorite audio book so far"
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    What did you love best about Eating the Dinosaur?

    I found this book by looking up Ira Glass in the Audible search engine, and I then found out Cuck Kosterman was part of bill simmon's grantland network. As I love both Simmons and This American Life, I figured I'd give this book a try. It turned out to be a great decision--this may be my favorite audio book so far. Klosterman is a strange mix of the two above mentioned fellows with a bit of gladwell. I think Klosterman's insights are more interesting than gladwell's and if you like his works, I'd think you'd like this book. I plan to read his entire canon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (231)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "Watch the movie. Skip the book."
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    What did you like best about MASH? What did you like least?

    The narrator did an excellent job and the book was an easy listen. This is not a black humor book as much as it is a humor book. Terrible things are happening all around these characters, but they don't seem to take notice. I guess I expected a Catch 22 or a Slaughter House 5, but there is no indictment of war or anything else. If anything, this book even more light hearted than the TV show. It is OK book, but the movie is much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17579)
    Performance
    (15630)
    Story
    (15582)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "If your not a Stephen King fan, don't buy this one"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. There are two semi interesting novels here but the first part set in Maine isn't completely drawn out and the second is so long it just bored me to death.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the novel happens in part 1- about 6 hours in. The least interesting part is that after part 1 ends you have another 22 hours to listen to.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    The narrator did an incredible job.


    Was 11-22-63 worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't have finished this novel at all except after listening to 16 hours I couldn't give up.


    Any additional comments?

    I know Stephen King is incredible author, but his editors clearly have no control over his writing. There is a least two novels in here, and a bunch of extra useless shit just slapped in there. There is a put of this novel where for three hours of listening time the protagonist is in Florida and New Orleans for no discernible reason.

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