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jack

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4399)
    Performance
    (3199)
    Story
    (3200)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "A science fiction story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story has so many holes in it that it is not believable. If it were stated to be a science fiction or jungle adventure story, it might hold up. But the story line is absurd.


    Do you think State of Wonder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "Movies"
    Overall

    The book was informative and entertaining. Perhaps too long. It definitely could have been edited somewhat.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Dickens: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

    B. Kaluzny says: "What A Gem!"
    "The Last Dickens"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book but not nearly as much as The Dante Club. I learned quite a bit about India, the opium trade, publishing, Dickens' tours in the US. But some of the dialogue was just silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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