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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Can't get lost in it."
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    Would you try another book from Ken Kesey and/or Tom Stechschulte?

    No not of Ken Kesey. I didn't like that the first person would switch between characters without announce that it did. I wouldn't know who "I" was for a while. Yes to Tom.


    What other book might you compare Sometimes a Great Notion to and why?

    It shares some things with East of Eden. The two rival brothers their differences.


    What didn’t you like about Tom Stechschulte’s performance?

    I wished that Tom Stechschulte would have made the voices of the two main characters more different to help tell who's talking/thinking.


    Do you think Sometimes a Great Notion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I don't think it does. The world and place in the book isn't a place that I'd like to visit again for a good while. To store succeed in its goals and doesn't need to say more on these characteristics.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    andrew says: "Good short listen, about GOT"
    "Must read for Song of ice and fire fans!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter is Coming the most enjoyable?

    Some of the theories that are brought up I had thought of by my self. To find out that others thought the theory might be right was exhilarating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter is Coming?

    I had thought of an idea by my self that the book brought up as the most likely posobility about Johns ancestors.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic. When he switched between characters his voice made me know who was talking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a bit.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence.

    Barbara says: "A visit with our ancient ancestors"
    "Good look at things that once where."
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    Would you listen to The World until Yesterday again? Why?

    I would, but would jump around a bit more to different topics I wanted to look at.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World until Yesterday?

    Diamonds personal stories were quite griping. The section on religion opened my eyes on another reason for religion that I didn't know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The store of the young child hit by a car and how justice was applied in their culture.


    If you could give The World until Yesterday a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How have people changed sense they once all lived in traditional societies


    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11426)
    Performance
    (6832)
    Story
    (6718)

    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!"
    "Samuel L. Jackson"
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    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Go dafuck asleep


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have like a little more plot to the story past the father be pissed off about not going to sleep.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to sound genuinely pissed off at his kid.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Samuel Jackson is what makes this audio book worth getting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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