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Brooks

Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 428 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A Masterpiece"
    Overall

    I have listened to audiobooks for 10 years at about 15 books per year. I have loved many books but I have never been moved to write a review before. "Winter's Bone" is a remarkable book. It is "The Road" (whose language I loved, which I found too bleak to finish) but with a more human scope that makes the directness and frequent brutality of the story moving rather than depressing. It is written in spare but evocative language that cuts straight through to the essence of the story and its characters. The narrator is perfect for the role. This is an absolute must listen. Do not skip this book. It will stop you in your tracks.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    FanB14 says: "Pure Poetry"
    "Stunning Farewell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Writing novels too easily? Try this parameter…
    Write it all in anapestic tetrameter
    “’twas the night before Christmas” in rhythm and rhyme,
    But thoughtful and searing. Disturbing. Sublime.

    And how like this author, this thoughtful word dancer
    Who as he wrote fought his last battle with cancer,
    To write resolutely with head in the noose,
    And bolster himself with the rhyme scheme of Seuss.

    If you read this book (and you must) be beguiled!
    Tales worthy of Dickens, wit wondrously Wilde.
    Some Thurber and Twain, (sorry… now I digress...
    This novel inspires literary largesse.)

    His instinct with rhyme is inherently true.
    Not at all like a limerick - more like haiku.
    His word choices fit like a key in a lock,
    The drawings of Escher, the great fugues of Bach.

    At once ominous, funny, then caustic, then sweeter.
    The achingly personal couched in a meter
    That makes it so eloquent - thrilling to follow.
    A pill of hard truths you’ll be eager to swallow.

    So go read this novel. You heard me, now go!
    We all miss you David, we all miss you so.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4322)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2395)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "More than a crime novel"
    Overall

    This book would be a fine novel if it were just about the plot. But in the end it is a profound meditation on loss. Loss of childhood and its innocence. Loss of opportunity, of friendship and love, and loss of memory. The author has fantastic descriptions of the protagonist grasping for flitting images that lie just beyond consciousness. I was fully engaged through all three sections of the download. This is an excellent work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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