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Alvin

Wake Forest, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 297 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • The Day of the Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

    Mark Willis says: "Surprisingly good"
    ""The Earth Abides"--but with killer plants"
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    Much more like George R. Stewart's end-of-the-world book The Earth Abides than I'd remembered, The Day of the Triffids backgrounds its vile green monsters in favor of an episodic post-apocalypse narrative in which an Everyman ping-pongs between various Human Responses to the disaster: despair, greed, idealism, profit, militarism, etc. As long as you're prepared for only occasional passages featuring the ambulatory killer plants of the title, and can staunch your disappointment at the lack of a triffid-centric narrative, you should find it a very suspenseful and moving novel, as I did.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

    Alison says: "Classic (not boring) Gumshoe"
    "Not Boring"
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    The cover suggests hard-boiled noir, but this Macdonald novel (like his others) is a series of character studies, sensitive to nuances in human relationships and pessimistic about them though never unsympathetic. (The title of another Archer novel, Find a Victim, also describes almost all of his characters' modus operandi in life.) The Wycherly Woman is a great example of a perfectly-written detective story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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