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Doing-fine-in-FLA

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  • Big Sur

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    "Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

    SHAWN says: "A great listen"
    "Arguably one of Kerouacs best novels"
    Overall

    Jack Kerouacs prose, like that of James Joyce, gets into your head and races over the reticulations and slaloms down the grooves kicking up powder everywhere. Once you have tasted his best work there is no going back to the safety of the restrained and structured prose of Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, and Hemingway. Big Sur is arguably one of Kerouacs best novels. It documents the personal crests and troughs between his initial fame that catapults him into the limelight and a downhill slide to what eventually becomes a self-destructive, terminal binge. It takes a much brighter look at his experience tower sitting on Desolation Peak than does Desolation Angels. Tom Parkers narration does justice to both the pace and tone of Kerouacs voice. Leave your slippers and smoking jacket at home and put on your walking shoes. Big Sur is waiting just over the edge of the Pacific bluffs.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean, Yuri Rasovsky
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. This recording also includes a sampling of other horror stories by Richard Matheson.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrators a mixed bag"
    "Master-crafted horror"
    Overall

    To those who read horror, Richard Matheson's stories are legend. What is often overlooked is his mastery of the writer's craft. I am Legend is exemplary of his talent and skill. Anyone familar with the 70s movie Omega Man based on this story will be surprised at how different the book is from that script. Those familiar with The Last Man on Earth will be delighted at its faithfullness. These are not Stoker's vampires. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy this modernization of the vampire mythos that was unique for its time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2000x: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tom Poston, Hamilton Camp, more
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow portrays a massively overpopulated America, where six generations of the Schwartz family live together in a one-bedroom apartment. Great-Great-Grandpa rules the roost from the master bedroom until someone tries to dilute his Antigerisone.

    Doing-fine-in-FLA says: "when medicine advances beyond cultural maturity"
    "when medicine advances beyond cultural maturity"
    Overall

    I love all things Vonnegut but particularly his short stories. Vonnegut brings his usual foresight and visceral wit to bear on an inevitable human problem of what to do when everyone can live as long as they want, a problem that becomes more relevant as medicine advances beyond our cultural maturity. Whether you have read it or this is your first encounter with Vonnegut, it is a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (590)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Three cheers for Guidall?"
    Overall

    I applaud George Guidall for taking control of the entire scope of Dostoevskys novel. This is a fantastic performance not just a passive reading of the book. Guidall captures the paranoid, neurotic Raskolnikov and the sly detective Petrovich who is, in my opinion, the precursory archetype of almost every psychology-drenched criminal profiler of contemporary fiction and television. He even performs the deceptively amoral Svidrigailov with deft depth avoiding an often mistaken melodrama. Those familiar with the novel will enjoy the vitality that Guidall brings to the work and strangers will find it accessible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1212)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "A new voice for an old friend?"
    Overall

    Ethan Hawke gives a new voice to our old friend Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut triumphs with this odd tale of one mans mind as it travels the psychological minefields of World War II and the 1950s. The interview with Vonnegut at the end is a nice bonus for old friends. For those who find comparisons to contemporary writers helpful, I think anyone who enjoys Chuck Palahniuk will love this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (99)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "Unusual Black?"
    Overall

    The autobiographical style of this book might disappoint those expecting the short barbs of Blacks usually cutting standup humor but it will delight book readers. Lewis Black takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through the times of his life with particular focus on the sixties and that decade?s influence on contemporary culture. There are many funny moments but mostly it contains a contemplative humor and anecdotes. This is a good book not a standup comedy album.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (121)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Connects the Dots?"
    Overall

    If you are interested in Artificial Intelligence, E-Business, or politics this book will tickle your neurons and tighten your synapses. Take the book in whole rather than approach each chapter as a separate lesson. Those unfamiliar with mathematics theory should understand that the early chapters deal with theories that the later chapters prove inapplicable to scale-free networks and the World Wide Web. So do not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Warhol

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wayne Koestenbaum
    • Narrated By Arthur Addison
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In his bravura account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man behind the blond wig and dark glasses. Nimbly weaving brilliant and witty analysis into an absorbing narrative, Koestenbaum makes a convincing case for Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the '60s.

    Doing-fine-in-FLA says: "Entertaining but not discriminating"
    "Entertaining but not discriminating"
    Overall

    Wayne Koestenbaum looks past Warhols blond wig but he sees through rose-colored glasses. This worthwhile and entertaining book fails to balance criticism of Warhols failures with its gushing praise of his successes. Koestenbaums analysis of Warhols work in various media does not substantiate his wholesale acceptance of them. Nevertheless, the book orients the wide spectrum of Warhols prolific vision and influence in Art History.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 2000X: 'Repent, Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Harlan Ellison
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Robin Williams, more
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Ticktockman is the time-master who controls this future society. Harlequin is the clownish masked man subverting the Ticktockman's tyranny. Will jelly beans and practical jokes ultimately prevail? Harlan Ellison narrates his own award-winning tale starring Robin Williams!

    James says: "Professional Presentation of a Classic"
    "Harlequin is Ellison at his best"
    Overall

    This Ellison classic is quintessential short fiction produced by the incomparable Yuri and with a cast topped by Williams? dramatic and zany performance as the revolutionary Harlequin. Any well-read reader will hear echoes of Huxley, Orwell, Heinlein, and Vonnegut in this excellent, thought-provoking, and entertaining fiction. It is one of the best of the 2000x series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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