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Lawerence

Brooklyn, NY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 5 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 652 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7164)
    Performance
    (5079)
    Story
    (5063)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Started 5* later 2*s- why?"
    Overall

    Tight noirish gripping beginning held for a few hours in very detailed page turning?, tension.

    Then the book seemed to change to less original more cliched, and increasingly predictable until I lost interest except for plot resolution.

    I thought that perhaps a ghost writer took over or an editor said make it much longer and the author lost the mood and his focus.

    Anyway, it was interesting for the writing process and the way the characterization was very good and distinct for quite a while.

    33 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eddie Huang
    • Narrated By Eddie Huang
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

    Riley says: "Coming to America 2.0"
    "Very hip but totally self serving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Fresh Off the Boat better?

    If the whole thing wasn't one big front about the author..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eddie Huang again?

    Don't think so


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was the author, Eddie Huang, and he sounded like a very self satisfied person making a long stump speech about himself and how cool he was about everything.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great stories about food and underground type restaurants. Also lots of street slang and a good flow.


    Any additional comments?

    Very hip regarding food, basketball, outsider immigrant street boy does really well experiences. I felt the author was a hypocrite once I got into the book. He cried foul the whole time he was having a great time. This book will be popular for anyone feeling victimized or stereotyped as an immigrant minority figure. The author is a good writer and very intelligent but the whole book is like a prequel to his wanting to be celebrity cool and successful with anything he touches. I didn't buy into the authors view at all and found him quite annoying in spite of all the slick writing and terminology.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (694)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "nicely written and clean but boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got bored listening to the long passages where the point was all too obvious. Author went on too long with details that were familiar and pedestrian. Also, what little excitement that was developed basically fizzled.


    Has Involuntary Witness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is not the genre. This was like a bad imitation of Lincoln Lawyer set in Italy without enough real Italian flavor or originality.


    Was Involuntary Witness worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was fine and the writing was good but the material was not interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (931)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "Nice to read again after 30 years"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Animal Farm?

    Surprisingly enjoyable and Interesting to see how relevant the twist and turns of this allegory still are. I remember that 30+ years ago I thought the concept of the book was great but the details were boring. Now, in part due to listening and in part due to living through lots of examples in modern history to compare it to, I felt the flow of the political satire and truth behind the sarcasm. All in all a pleasurable read and one can see Orwell on his way towards 1984.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

    Lawerence says: "Brilliant gem"
    "Brilliant gem"
    Overall

    This long short story is one of the greatest ever written. While not really modernist in the sense of Woolf, Faulkner, etc, I found myself in a 'symbolic' state of dreamy, beautiful imagery & thought the whole way. This is a journey near the end of a basically proper classic intellectual European life that turns into a quest for the nectar of the gods at a distance. Lolita is clearly prefigured here. You will think of Durrell and Nabokov and so many others who must follow and the myths and so many who are encompassed. I felt like Death in Venice was one of those works that will stay in my mind the rest of my life.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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