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Amy

Santa Cruz, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • In the Time of the Butterflies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.

    Ginger says: "Beautiful"
    "Beautiful story and narration"
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    This is one of my favorite audio books in a long time. The narration (done by several different people) was fantastic, the story and writing drew me in the entire time. The prose is at the same time rich and beautiful, but also simple and easy to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (579)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "excellent, all-around"
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    I was very pleased with this follow up to oryx and crake, which set a high standard. Everything about the audio book was good. My least favorite part were the "songs" which are little clips of songs that are integrated with the story-- they went on a bit too long. But that is such a small, easily ignored part of the whole audio book. Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1402)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Boring could only make it halfway"
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    I found the plot very boring, and the writing nothing special. I only made it through most of the first half, and those 5-6 hrs were spent describing one female character and the series of loser boyfriends she had while at Brown university studying literature. The ONLY action was her parents visiting and eating bagels with her in a café on graduation day, and a party at which she sleeps with a classmate.

    I guess this is one of those books that is mainly about describing characters and a time/place (the hipster literary/philosophy scene at Brown in the 80s is vaguely interesting), which some people might like. But the main character and writing style are not interesting enough in my opinion to support this type of drawn-out character study, and the plot really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere-- or if it is, it’s at a snail’s pace.

    I read the Virgin Suicides many years ago and enjoyed it, but either my tastes in literature have changed or his writing has. It just felt very basic and elemental with nothing impressive.

    The narrator is good-- not the best I’ve heard but certainly listenable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "Pretty good but not my favorite Palahniuk"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It was entertaining and well-written with some interesting plot twists. Much lighter and less meaty than others I have read (Choke, Fight Club, Survivor) and I liked all those more but I tend to prefer dark, twisted books (especially from someone like Palahniuk who is a master of that style). I wasn't bored and the writing and narration were pretty good, so I enjoyed it despite a ridiculous premise.

    0 of 0 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
    (263)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    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"
    "Unique, a fun journey"
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    I really enjoyed the narrator, whose dry style seemed well-suited to Ellis's writing style. I loved the very unique, interesting, witty plot which blended reality and fantasy quite seamlessly. I also loved the semi-autobiographical element which tricks the reader at first before launching into the rest of the plot, but also keeps threading back through the entire book in clever ways. I love Ellis's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Petting Zoo: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jim Carroll
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Petting Zoo tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic 38-year-old artist who has become a hot star in the late 1980s New York art scene. As the novel opens, Billy, after viewing a show of Velazquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. Carroll's novel moves back and forth in time to present emblematic moments from Billy's life.

    Amy says: "Needs an editor!"
    "Needs an editor!"
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    Well, it starts out interesting enough, but gradually loses steam until it becomes so sagged down… I made it about nine hours through (more than halfway) before giving up. I think the narrator is very good, but the book just is wayyy too slow-paced and rambling, taking forever to make any point while we take a lazy tour through the muddy philosophies and slightly tormented mind of a New York artist. It is often repetitive, stating the same exact thing more than once. I liked Basketball Diaries and Jim Carroll was a talented person, the concept of this book has potential, but needs a good editor to pare down to about half the length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rum Diary

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    The Rum Diary was begun in 1959 by a then-22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson. It was his first novel and he told his friend, the author William Kennedy, that The Rum Diary would "in a twisted way...do for San Juan what Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises did for Paris."

    Caroline says: "The Rum Diary"
    "Really enjoyed it"
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    Great narration and story. It was a little hard to remember which character was which and not get the names mixed up because there were a lot of characters introduced all at once, but it worked. The only bummer for me is that I didn't realize it is the abridged version. I would definitely rather read the unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "Loved it"
    Overall
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    Very nice narration and a fascinating story! Well-written and captivating, the hours listening flew by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (788)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Interesting story. Okay narrator."
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    I enjoyed it a lot, a good one overall. Did not like this as much as the two other Palahniuk books I have read, Choke (read actual paper book) or Survivor (stunning audio book with fantastic narrator), I just wasn't AS impressed but I still love his style and oddball subjects. I think the narrator was just okay, kind of blah rendition and not really exciting, or maybe his voice/style just didn't fully match the character for me. But not bad narration, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (706)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Great."
    Overall
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    Enjoyed it very much. Like all his writing, it was excellent, and the narration by Alexie was a special treat. Just wish it were longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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