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Eric

Plainfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2387)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Mindbending and Magical"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    The story was amazingly compelling with fantastic voice-acting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd have to go with Sonmi~451, it was truly a fascinating story but they were all so great.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (712)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "An intriguing idea, but not overly compelling"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Sherrill and/or Holter Graham?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Sherrill? Why or why not?

    Yes. I believe this was his first book and found the story had some tedium. More experience might yield a more compelling story.


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

    The Minotaur conveys significant emotion in each grunt and I'm not sure the written word would have carried that quite as well.


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

    Sure, but I don't think this is a likely candidate for the hollywood treatment. It would need a more driving story.


    Any additional comments?

    I found my mind wandering aimlessly during this book due to the somewhat mundane and tedious story. I had high hopes for this book going in but would call it decidedly average overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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