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DeKalb, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 156 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Slugging my way through it"

    Listening to this book is very similar to the authors experience with reading the encyclopedia-sometimes interesting, but a lot of useless knowledge and way too much name dropping. A.J. clearly comes from a family of privilege, so it's not so much "average man tries to rise above" as it is "Well educated and pampered guy spends weekends at his parents in the Hamptons being a little bit obnoxious"
    I really wanted to like this book....I really did, but it's just not doing it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    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"
    "About 10 hours too long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is WAAAY too long. And I say that as a huge King fan. It's almost like he went to his editors and handed this a really tight 200 page story, and his editor said

    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    It just took so long to get to the actual excitement that I felt like I was running a marathon. The last hour of the book I was mentally screaming

    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Not a bad performance. One of the characters was a terrible Jimmy Stewart impersonation, which was a little obnoxious, but other than that he was good.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Most definitely, because it would be edited down.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're really into history or JFK, then go for it, but just know what you're in for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Worth a credit for sure."

    Very well written and FANTASTIC narration. Seriously, Robin Miles somehow manages to pull off everyone from a mid-western white woman to a snarky black teenager. The story is good, I've never read a book centered around voodoo before, and it was really interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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