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Boston, MA, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 160 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."
    "The book is far better than the movie!!"

    As usual, Hollywood did a hatchet job on a good book. I'm not trying to say that this was a great book but the movie that was based on this book was completely lacking in depth or three dimensionality. Where I found this book lacking was in not fully exploring or explaining why the relationship between Coleman and his wife was so bad. Also, I felt that character Coleman was directly inspired by Anatole Broyard, who passed away in 1990, and his story was infamous by the time this book was published. My final complaint about the book was their was no attempt to empathize with Coleman about making his decision to live his life as a white man. Very little is mentioned of the terror that he must have experienced on a daily basis. Even with these faults or as faults as I see them, I still liked the book.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Amazing Characters"

    Listening to this book was definitely a high point of my summer. I was drawn in by compelling,identifiable characters that I wanted to learn more about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Absolutely Fabulous!!!"

    I love this book on so many levels. From the excellent storytelling to the introduction of the intersex world to the uninitiated, it was wonderful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "A little too preachy!!"

    I thought the writer has some very interesting theories as to why the world is "screwed up". However, I felt the author took some of the books out of context and many times espoused the ideas expressed in these books to an outlandish absurd conclusion. It is clear that the author's pro-Christian/anti-Atheist views influenced his analysis of these books and possibly conflated the ideas expressed by the books he criticized discounting their revolutionary nature.

    Further, the anti-abortion rhetoric would have been more effective if it were a little more subtle. Even though I personally do not agree with the author's point of view in some parts of the book, overall this book provokes thought and discussion.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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