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San Ramon, CA | Member Since 2003

  • 6 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "Drawn Out and Pointless"

    This book really felt like a waste of time. All of the characters are uninteresting, average, everyday people, including the highjacker. They're self-absorbed and whiny and it is very difficult, from the first moment, to really care what happens to them. The whole book felt like I was watching some yokel being interviewed on the news and feeling embarrassed to be watching it. The use of September 11th as a backdrop feels cheap, given the shallowness of the characters.

    The narrator was okay, though he did make the women awfully whiny, though I never could decide whether that was his fault or the author's.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Can't Get Into It"

    I've stopped listening to this book and come back to it twice now (listening to a couple of other books in between to take a break) and have gotten almost halfway through, but just cannot get into it. There doesn't appear to be any real plotline, just the random interactions of a group of drug-addicted losers who have absurd debates with one another that might be bearable if they were funny at all (but they just come off as pathetic). One of the addicts is an undercover cop who seems confused about what is and is not reality, though this didn't add much drama to the story for me. I find I really don't care what happens to any of the characters and don't know that I'll ever bother to finish the book. After only getting through five hours or so, I'm off to take yet another break with another book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"

    This book definitely had its funny moments and is probably worth reading if you're in the mood for something light that doesn't require you to think much. I just wish I could have sympathised with the protagonist. She is completely willing to do horrible things to get what she wants and doesn't really feel bad about it until someone calls her on it. Even worse, she is extremely quick to judge the actions of those around her even as she does things that are, at times, far worse.

    I think it's worth mentioning that there are a couple of semi-graphic sex scenes in this book. I'd avoid it if that sort of thing offends you at all. I wasn't offended myself, but did think it was a bit out of place in this type of book.

    The reader is a bit whiny though does a pretty good job on the female characters' voices. The men, however, all have the exact same voice, speak very slowly for no apparent reason, and sound clinically depressed. It reminded me of British actors portraying American characters. They typically seem to believe that speaking in the flattest tone possible produces an American accent. This reader seems to have a similar view on men's voices.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

    Erik says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Astounding Scholarship"

    This is a wonderful book about an incredible man. It's amazing how much this "everyman" accomplished during his presidency. McCullough's research is amazing. I've read both "Truman" and "John Adams" and both are well worth the unabridged listen. I would love to see McCullough do Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt (both of them), and Kennedy now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

    Julie says: "this book is a gothic cathedral of literature....."

    Yes, this author is poetic, at least in his own mind. He is so busy trying to be poetic, he forgets to tell any kind of story. The description of the 1951 baseball game at the beginning is compelling enough, but then he leaps forward 40 years to a character who's first person narration is chiefly composed of snipets of bad dialogue that seem to have been dumped into a blender and then poured onto the page in no particular order. Not only is it almost nonsensical, it's downright boring.

    If you're still undecided, I strongly recommend reading the customer reviews on There are dozens of them and they are very informative. I didn't do so and had to give up after five hours of Mr. Delillo's "poetry."

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Tracie Bennett

    With another devastatingly hilarious, ridiculous, unnervingly accurate take on modern womanhood, Bridget Jones is back. Searching for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice, Bridget experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It, protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.

    Christina says: "More Marvelous stuff"

    I don't know how anyone could sit through this audiobook. The narrator is horrible. She's mumbling one minute and shrieking the next. I've tried to listen to it a few times now and cannot get through more than five or ten minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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