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  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 417 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Starvation Lake: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Gruley
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

    A User says: "Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor"
    "Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know that there's a story hidden in there somewhere but it's lost behind characters with no appeal, interminable and terrible descriptions of the game of hockey as well as a lousy narrator. While there is no reason to rush through the story, getting bogged down in this as well as detailed descriptions of how many ingredients are on each forkful of the narrator's egg pie is just too much. There is more flab in this writing that in a lawyer's letter.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryan Gruley again?

    I doubt it.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Orlow’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Starvation Lake?

    I would cut MOST of the juvenile descriptions of hockey, in part because they are written by someone who has no feel for the game and in part because they add nothing to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Slight & souless, although well witten"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While there are important themes touched upon here, there is almost nothing at stake for the characters, minimal interesting conflict (even between distinctly different sisters) and virtually no memorable insights.

    Could you see The Cookbook Collector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would play best in animation, a Saturday morning cartoon of "lost girls finds themselves."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "A Cereal Thriller"

    A theoretically interesting experiment that illuminates the intrinsic flaw to perfection - nobody "owns" either the story or its characters. Technically, the writing is just fine and the who-done-what plot twists of this collaboration more or less hold a story together, although more like the Saturday morning cliff-hanger tricks at the flicks than as an imaginative tale woven from whole cloth. Most unfortunate of all is the fact that the characters are as memorable and deep as Snap! Crackle! and Pop! I'm afraid this should have stayed where it belongs - the pinned-on-the-blackboard example of highschool team writing at its pretty-goodest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson

    This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    Ronald says: "Compelling and important – highly recommend"
    "A Call From Arms"

    Sam Harris is indeed a rarity, a man willing to shout that the god of (pick your favorite religion) is without clothes and that belief in Him (sic) - at least, as humans have chosen to define, quote and hide behind Him - threatens our very existence. Given the countless rationalizations, lies and ignorant assumptions of the religious - even the "good" ones - it is difficult to see how this pointed argument could possibly penetrate the thick skull of unquestioned belief. Still, as Harris notes so vividly, a single step into the light (which actually comes from the sun and not from picturebook beams from heaven) is better than none at all. This is especially so when it means that our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren might possibly live to enjoy this life because the claims of the self-righteous have been exposed for the self-delusions that they really are. Irony of ironies perhaps, I am not absolutely convinced that Harris himself does not believe in "God." It is just that he has reached and now spoken the most ringing truth of all - that it is the religious who have destroyed religion in their efforts to aggrandize themselves and to bring them the power that they pretend belongs to their own creation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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