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Eric G. Mart

I'm a forensic psychologist living in Portsmouth NH.

Manchester, NH United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Hallucinations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (199)

    Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people.

    Alison says: "Sacks at his best, why couldn't he narrate?"
    "Not his best"
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    I have always enjoyed Oliver Sacks' books of clinical tales, but this one is not his best. The focus is on non-psychotic hallucinations and the chapters often contain multiple case examples that continue long after the reader has gotten the message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Red

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of 16th-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.

    D. Hile says: "An adventure in art, intrigue and culture"
    "Interesting But Over-Written"
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    Clearly, Pamuk is a great prose stylist. The book is atmospheric and exotic, and there are parts that were fascinating. But his long metaphysical discussions of the mystical elements of miniaturist painting in 16th century Istanbul are heavy going and take up much of the book. I was reminded of Moby Dick; a great book if you skip over the endless descriptions of whales. On the positive side, the narrator is one of the best I have heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "A Major Work of American Fiction"
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    While many readers appreciate this book (and the rest of the series) I think it is under-rated. Not only is it among the bests work of American fantasy, it is a work of literature to be reckoned with. The prose is reminiscent of Conrad and Melville and the book provides many profound insights. The recording is also excellent and the reader sounds exactly as I imagined Severian to sound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lush Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Price
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

    Richard Delman says: "Eerily real"
    "One of the best"
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    This is an amazing book. The author has an amazing ear for dialogue and the story never drags. I wonder if you have to have spent some time in lower Manhattan to truly appreciate how well he renders the scene, but even if you have not, this book will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11689)
    Performance
    (9369)
    Story
    (9480)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Reasonably entertaining but too long"
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    Pretty good contemporary fantasy, but it didn't need to be as long as it is. Decent character development but the plot gets repetitive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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