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pomogirl

I like postmodernism and parody and poetic language.

Salt Lake City, UT | Member Since 2012

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  • Girl with Curious Hair: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    From the eerily "real", almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and over-televised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, in which terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, David Foster Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, and the familiar strange.

    Darwin8u says: "This book is not NOT a Datsun!"
    "Some great, Some awful, but bookmark problems"
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    I finally broke down and bought this David Foster Wallace collection because I had read "Lyndon" before and thought it was written by a genius. I still love "Lyndon," and "Little Expressionless Animals," but the title story "Girl With Curious Hair" was awful--and doubly awful because of the way it was performed. So, it's an uneven collection, but worth it for the good pieces.

    But please, Audible, improve your bookmarking. I made a number of bookmarks in one of the stories for a class, but then they suddenly disappeared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2847)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2606)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Good, and different from the Netflix show"
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    Even though the writing is simply rendered, I really couldn't wait to keep listening to this, and so made up reasons to go places in my car for a month. Piper's vignettes about her year+ in federal prison, and the connections she made with so many different kinds of women, is a book that focuses on the women who help each other rather than hate each other, and so my students would call it "uplifting." The craziness of our prison system, of our need to punish rather than to rehabilitate people who might actually want to find a way forward, is one important theme in this book, but the micro stories about each inmate are more compelling than Piper's philosophizing. One of the previous reviewers said the book was like the Netflix show, but that is not the case. The book doesn't have the larger, and more dramatic narrative arcs and sustained dramas we see in the show. Enemies on the show are more often than not women Piper ends up needing and respecting in the book which is refreshing if not dramatic. The narrator of this book is exceptional with her ability to play the cowering Piper and the assertive and wise Russian cook along with everyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 8

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dustin Lance Black
    • Narrated By George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and others
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    This play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look at what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

    Dorothy says: "gives me hope for humanity!"
    "Love the performers"
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    This is a dramatization of some of the court transcripts from the California Prop 8 case that ultimately saw the demise of Prop 8's hate and illogic in favor of legalized gay marriage in California. The win doesn't mean that we've won everywhere, however, but the actors in this are having a great time performing all the different pro and con players in the case, and the audience loves it. This has great energy, humor, and moments of deep sorrow for those who have had to wait so long to finally be allowed to marry. But it also gives the rest of us hope who don't have marriage yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Father

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald Barthelme
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself - even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe.

    pomogirl says: "I love this little book"
    "I love this little book"
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    When I was an undergrad, The Dead Father is the only postmodernist work I really understood and loved, and it helped me laugh at traditions of all kinds. I teach this novel in my classes now, and the students think it's like nothing they've seen before (if they can get past the antinomial cussing, sex, and "nudity" all of which are absurdly rendered). Yet there are heart wrenching themes about the problems fathers and sons face as they struggle to communicate or even just coexist. Barthelme continues to make me laugh and think each time I read it or any of his works. Still a great read, and the audio narrator adds an extra layer of absurdity and tenderness to the piece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crucible

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Arthur Miller
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, and others
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

    Thomas S says: "Dramatic Recording"
    "Excellent commentary on abusive power"
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    Though it isn't always easy to understand each word in heated moments of the play, this is a tough, necessary piece to watch or listen to. The terrible, illogical abuse of power in this Salem witch trial is still apropos today as we watch politicians sacrifice people like gays, minorities, and women to make themselves more powerful, more popular with the so called "base." Unfortunately, this play will probably always be apropos given the cowardice of so many people in the face of power. This is also well acted by some of my favorites like Dreyfus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Night Mother

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Marsha Norman
    • Narrated By Sharon Gless, Katherine Helmond
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    This play tells the powerful story of an epileptic woman in her early 40s systematically preparing her own death...and the frantic and touching efforts of her mother to stop her. This searing drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize on Broadway, is guaranteed to keep any listener on the edge of their seat.

    pomogirl says: "Excellent, though not loud enough in places"
    "Excellent, though not loud enough in places"
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    This is a great, short play, and I love Gless and Helmond so much! They bring a very realistic, sometimes funny, and sad quality to this. I'm so glad I purchased it.

    Technically, though, it is a problem when they try to simulate an actor being in another room. The sound gets really low and I have to turn it up, and then turn it down when they "come back in the room."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close Range: Wyoming Stories (Selected Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Frances Fisher, Bruce Greenwood, Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in this collection of stories about loneliness, quick violence, and wrong kinds of love. In "The Mud Below", a rodeo rider's obsession marks the deepening fissures between his family life and self-imposed isolation. In "The Half-Skinned Steer", an elderly fool drives west to the ranch he grew up on for his brother's funeral, and dies a mile from home.

    Susan L. Stewart says: "A Wonderfully Ironic and Surprising Read"
    "Love it, but they need to work on Bookmarking"
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    This is a great book of stories, playful, sad, and lush. I've read it before, and now getting to listen to it adds multi-dimentional enjoyment to my memories of the text.

    But please, Audible, expand the capacity of your bookmarking. I've make bookmarks for class purposes, but sometimes they all suddenly disappear. All that work for nothing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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