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  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1218)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Brilliantly disturbing"
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    If you could sum up Lolita in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant disturbing rapturous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lolita leaves him


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many reactions and it raised many philosophical issues within myself


    Any additional comments?

    A must read to challenge oneself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dry: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power

    Heidi says: "Sobriety with a sense of style...."
    "Caution Addicts!"
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    What did you love best about Dry?

    If you have ever struggled from alcoholism, drug addiction, or possibly hoarding (his apartment) this book hits very close to home. Burroughs does an excellent job of verbalizing some of the worst, most least talked about feelings of someone struggling with dependency. It will take you inside yourself, or, back to where you've been.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He completely lays his soul bare.


    What does Augusten Burroughs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator. I would not enjoy the book nearly as much if Burroughs hadn't read it. Only he knows his thoughts, feelings and experiences, so, no one else would have been able to express his emotions and relive his experiences.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I remembered bad times, but felt very proud of myself, as should he.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18192)
    Performance
    (16187)
    Story
    (16145)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Identity Crisis?"
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    What did you like best about 11-22-63? What did you like least?

    The overall story is good if you don't over think it. While King addresses some of the paradoxes of time travel, however, he ignores some of the truths we know about time travel and ignores the unmentioned paradoxes, so, if you can forget those, it's entertaining. Also, the narrator does a good job, but, he does not sound 35, which sometimes the listener to either wonder why a 35 is behaving like a senior citizen, or vice versa. Lastly, being the exact same age as the protagonist in 2011, I find his knowledge of 50s-60s era pop culture a little too vast, it was hard to accept, but, I would accept it from someone older. So, I was constantly taken out of the story to rethink the character. But, if you can separate your mind from these things, the premise of the story is good.


    Would you recommend 11-22-63 to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a good dog walking book, jogging book, or, an easy listen.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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