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I. Locke

Saint Louis, MO United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "For The Listener with a Quiet Heart"
    Overall

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, the story's narrator, describes himself as a man with a quiet heart. His self-imposed isolation from the world results in a sharper focus on the people he does interact with, making his observations deeper and more thoughtful. The story of his life, told though vignettes involving his obsessive thoughts and habits reveal his humanity, and ultimately his capacity for change. A must listen if you appreciate intricate descriptions and insight into characters, and social psychology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1642)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "An excellent read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to audiobooks mostly on my commute to and from work, but this was one of the few that I listened to at home as well because I was fascinated. I especially enjoyed hearing the stories through the lens of the author, whose own anxieties add to the story and provide some humor. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in psychology, and even if it's not a particular interest of yours the stories are so engaging that it is worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (691)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I usually save my audiobooks for my long commute each day on the train, but with this one it was too tempting not to listen at home. Beautifully written in conversational style, the author draws you in the world of the White Tiger. The White Tiger is a complex character and like the best ones, he is villain and hero in one. Highly recommend for people who like Indian literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mozart's Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nancy Moser
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Eleven-year-old Nannerl is arguably the best keyboard player in all of Europe. Yet, because her six-year-old brother, Wolfie, can play almost as well as she, he receives virtually all the praise and adulation. Traveling far and wide with her family, she and her brother perform before the crowned heads of Europe. Social convention and public clamor relegate her to living life in the shadow of a prodigy. When will Nannerl ever realize her own dreams and aspirations?

    I. Locke says: "Un-listenable"
    "Un-listenable"
    Overall

    I downloaded Mozart's Sister thinking the story sounded very interesting, but I neglected to listen to the sample before purchasing it. I am sorry to say that my wife, her parents, and I preferred hunting around for NPR stations in the rural Midwest on a long car trip to continuing to listen to this book. The writing is very heavy-handed, leaving little to interpretation or imagination. States of mind of the characters are bluntly stated rather than suggested by actions or environment. We got through 20 minutes and turned it off.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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