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Matthew

Sebastopol, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bronson Lemer
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 2003, after serving five and a half years as a carpenter in a North Dakota National Guard engineer unit, Bronson Lemer was ready to leave the military behind. But six months short of completing his commitment to the army, Lemer was deployed on a yearlong tour of duty to Iraq. Leaving college life behind in the Midwest, he yearns for a lost love and quietly dreams of a future as an openly gay man outside the military.

    Dennis says: "Good Book"
    "Clear story about Iraq Vet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did not match the author's writing style. The writing and voice of the 28-year-old author did not match the narrator's much older, reserved style of communication. I felt like my Dad was reading me the story. This book feels like a documentary so using the actual voice of the author would have helped convey the story. This book would have been better if the author read his own book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    You've eaten too much candy at Christmas...but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses...but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover...but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present - as only he could.

    jenn says: "For his fans..."
    "Super fun for the holidays."
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    Where does You Better Not Cry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Absolutely Augusten Burroughs. Often awkward, painful and then hilarious. I have been reading him for ten years and I love this one. Not as serious as Not as serious as


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "Less Than"
    Overall

    I had a difficult time with the author starring as the main character. I thought the Bret Easton Ellis irony, sarcasm, suffering and pain, which I love, were missing in "Lunar Park". None of the original characters from the previous books resurfaces in "Lunar Park" so this one did not feel like part of the nuerotic and narcissistic dynasty. I was not charmed by this one. Maybe I missed something.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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