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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
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    (1467)
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    (1454)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Another Bill Bryson Classic"
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    If you are a fan of Bryson, stop reading now and purchase this book; it's another home run. If you've never heard of Bryson, read "In a Sunburned Country", then read this book. I don't think many authors could have made a summer nearly 100 years ago come alive so beautifully. His stories weave together seamlessly with a depth and expertise that you assume he was actually there to witness these events.

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  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1144)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "George Orwell & Daniel Suarez Love Child"
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    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good book. Fun to listen to and paced well....but....I expected more from Eggers. Many people have made the 1984 comparison. I would consider it a modern retelling of 1984 with a lot of Daniel Suarez mixed in. My biggest problem is that the protagonist, a well educated and intelligent woman, essentially just blindly accepts what is little more than a paper thin argument for ' total transparency.' And for that matter, so does just about everyone in the book. Ironically, the plot of the book is just as transparent as what The Circle calls for. There were no real surprises and you can pretty much see each plot point telegraphed about a mile out. Don't think I'm panning this book. Eggers is a great author and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" still pretty much tops my list of all time great books. I just would have really liked have seen more depth.


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  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1278)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Witty, Intelligently Written, and Fun"
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    A really fun book. I was a little worried that it would be a bit dry because the story is about copyright infringement, but fear not, that is just a vehicle to move the story forward. Nor is this a sci-fi book. It's just a very witty and intelligently written story was really fun to read. Hodgeman was AWESOME! Highly recommend this book

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