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khstudio

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  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1419)

    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"
    "Big disappointment!"
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    I really enjoyed the author's Middlesex, but this book totally let me down. The premise, as inferred by the tittle, never really comes together in a meaningful way. I felt like the two male characters were well explored, while the female (the lead character, supposedly?) was more vague, defined mainly by her reactions to the two men. I never could really figure out who she was, so her actions seemed arbitrary and unrealistic, serving only the plot, not her. If the plot itself had been rewarding, that would have made it more acceptable, but it wasn't. And then the book just ended. In the interview with the author, he mentions that this is the one book he's written where he feels like he could revisit the characters ten year hence; I'd say it's not worth it. He would have been better off just finishing this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (626)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    This is the best audio book experience I've had in a long time! The stories, the history, the performance - it was all fabulous! I hated for this book to end. A really fun thing was being able to go to youtube and pull up original footage of so many of the events related - it made it so much more poignant. This book was recommended by a friend and I didn't think I would enjoy it but I stand happily corrected. I will definitely do all of Robert Caro's books now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (283)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "Lovely history memoir"
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    This was a little slow at first, but once I got with the ruminative rhythm of it, I really enjoyed it. It's poetic nature is charming and an apt complimentary style to it's subject matter, the tiny and exquisite sculptures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1892)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (913)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Weird but wonderful - a truly dark comedy."
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    This book is not for everyone but it is one everyone should read just once! It stays with you in interesting ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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