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Robert McDougle

New York, ny United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (387)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Cynthia says: "Masterful Story-tel!ing & Great Narration!"
    "Are they paying him by the word?"
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    I'm a huge fan of Tom Wolfe and have read everything he has written with relish. As expected, the carefully observed culture and characters are central to a web of story that twists and leaps with wit and surprise.
    Not expected was the repetition of phrases and descriptions such that I kept wanting to hit the fast forward button to get to the next paragraph. Wolfe is known for his verbosity but I don't recall such repetitiousness in previous efforts. A ruthless editor could have saved a good 10% of my time to the benefit of what otherwise is a fascinating and enjoyable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13649)
    Performance
    (11121)
    Story
    (11752)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "I want my credit back"
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Everything... The story... the dialog... the narrator


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not slept through her introduction to writing fiction class.


    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    She sounded like a spoiled high school junior. No education or class.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at wasting my credit


    Any additional comments?

    I worry for my country and culture if this is what passes for popular. Oh... right... I forgot that is why I don't watch television.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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