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Jason Coffin

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  • White Apples

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child - a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.

    Jason Coffin says: "Thank you Neil!!! Carroll is my new favorite."
    "Thank you Neil!!! Carroll is my new favorite."
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    If you could sum up White Apples in three words, what would they be?

    Surreal, hilarious, mind-stretching.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Apples?

    The entire concept of being dead while being alive.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    Vincent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but unfortunately that is impossible for me, but I couldn't wait to get in my car to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Murakami, Gaiman, Mieville, or Scalzi you might as well go ahead and get this one. I listened to Land of Laughs first and enjoyed it so much I immediately went for White Apples. I feared it wouldn't live up to "LOL" but it was just as fun to listen too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3996)
    Performance
    (2187)
    Story
    (2189)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "This book puts you right there!"
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    I tried to start this audiobook more than once and had a hard time getting through the beginning, but after I finally pushed through the start, I couldn't stop listening. Even if you have never listened to a "war" book before you need to give this one a chance. Marlantes puts you right there with vibrant descriptions of the atmosphere the soldiers experinced in Vietnam, along with the feeling that tragedy could strike at any minute from anywhere. The danger is not limited to only the enemy but political, natural and internal monsters as well.

    Pinchot is brilliant as a narrator and has quickly become a favorite of mine. He never over does it, and he is as smooth as silk.

    If you have ever wanted to get a better grasp on this historic time in our country's history, and be entertained at the same time download this now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3202)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1631)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Hard to believe this is a debut work."
    Overall

    Great narrator - reminded me of Muller. I absolutely loved the story. Follows 4 characters during a revolution in the future. The future however felt believeable and scary. I actually saw an ad yesterday about using algae for fuel. It kind of spooked me out. You do have to pay attention to the details in the beginning, but it is worth it in the end. Congratulations for Paolo, he has a bright future.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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