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Joseph

Santa Monica, CA, USA

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  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "Best Ellis Since Less Than Zero"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Very well narrated, spooky thriller with bits of Frankenstein, Macbeth, American Psycho and Stephen King. This is Ellis' best work since his debut -- well told, smart story with lots of interesting twists and turns.

    I really enjoyed the confusion between biography and story as the book evolves.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (445)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Well Narrated, Hard boild gimmicky story"
    Overall

    Well narrated, but a somewhat tedious "summer" book, reads like a hard boiled hollywood thriller. Not a lot of innovation over George Orwell in terms of the 'surveillance society,' -- seems like JTH's "off the grid" life is sort of a gimmick to sell the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1320)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Sophmore Slump"
    Overall

    Not a lot to say about this. The young boy is a good character, but otherwise it doesn't have the energy or heart of his first book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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