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E. Durham

Arnold's Cove, Newfoundland | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 137 ratings
  • 427 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Downs
    • Narrated By Alan Downs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out”, but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger - a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.

    M. Matthew Phelps says: "Must read for any gay man"
    "Heartwarming and Informative"

    Alan's tone and approach is heartwarming with its message of hope. This message is presented without flourish. This made the content less entertaining but far more personal and moving. I am grateful for the wisdom shared and have already begun to share some of it with my friends. I recommend the book to every gay person wishing to understand more about their emotional world and to everyone else for the same reason. A little understanding can only help and this book has much to share.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Masterful story poorly read"
    What did you love best about Hitch-22?

    Hitchens captivates as he reveals modern history as he both witnessed and shaped it. His scope and tenacity are matched by his convivial if rapier wit and insatiable thirst for truth. While the mind is ever inclined to proffer self-serving versions of memory, Hitchens takes pains to reveal both the blindness of his early zeal and how experience both enriched his perspective and tempered his beliefs.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hitch-22?

    Hitchens repeatedly takes the reader into the fire as he brashly interjects himself into the action. He is drawn to contention like moths to a flame and admits how lucky he was to escape with his life. In the midst of horrific battle zones, Hitchens glows as he distills the pathos to reveal the inherent good of our species.

    How could the performance have been better?

    While it is wonderful to hear Hitchen's story in his own voice, one feels sympathy for the poor engineer who had to record Hitchen's as he instantly pitches from rant to quiet introspection. This production can be greatly improved by reducing the dynamic range with a good compressor. In it's present state, it is near deafening when Hitchens explodes like a cannon after speaking so softly as to require maximum volume to be heard.

    Any additional comments?

    Admired by both friend and foe, Hitchens piercing insight is already sadly missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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