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Edie Snow

Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 581 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2015

  • The Eyes of the Overworld

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas.

    Ryan says: "Literary equivalent of a Terry Gilliam film"
    "I love Cugel!"

    This is one of my favorite books, and it is great to hear it aloud. Jack Vance' style is literary, ornate, baroque, challenging, decadent. He makes up words, and re-purposes words that have fallen out of common vocabulary. This is book 2 of The Dying Earth, set millions of years in the future, as the wretched remnants of humanity wait for the sun to go out. Magic and science both work, within limits, and the remains of epochs of civilization (including the products of genetic engineering) are all around. I enjoy the contrast of what is happening (theft, violence,hunger), and the elevated language the characters use to converse. Cugel is amoral, not quite as clever as he thinks he is, and just trying to survive.

    I can't wait for the next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelly Link
    • Narrated By Christina Moore

    Kelly Link is a rising literary star whose writing draws strong comparisons to that of Neil Gaiman. In her first collection of short stories for young adults, she uses her keen eye for detail to vividly portray her own unique perspective on the world. Nothing is as it seems in these stories, and young listeners will want to return to this collection again and again.

    Vanessa says: "Great Stories - Poor audio divisions"

    Wonderful surreal stories well-performed by several different narrators (not dramatizations). I've listened to this all the way through 3 or 4 times, and repeated my favorites, 'Magic for Beginners' The Specialist's Hat,' and 'Monster,' at least a dozen times each.

    One minor complaint: the download is split into two parts, to make the download faster, and for some stupid reason, the split is within the final third of 'Monster!' (Why??? WHY??!??) If you are putting this in an mp3 player, be sure to load both halves before leaving the house.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories by Saki

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By H. H. Munro
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson, Nadia May

    Hector Munro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well tempered lens of his gentle, British irony. In this definitive collection of stories we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.

    pashopper says: "Wonderful collection for Saki fans"
    "Giggling on the subway"

    This is a great collection. Saki is always wonderful, and and these two readers perform perfectly. I would strongly consider audios by either of them. And if you are snickering to yourself on the train in a bad neighborhood, people will leave you alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "This is hysterical!!"

    I love this audio, and I think that people who don't like it didn't pay attention to the description before buying. It's ' The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World,' not, ' A Concise Summary of the Encyclopedia Britannica.' So it is the story of his reading it, why he chose to, and his life away from the books, just as described. And it's funny. He is nicknamed 'the great conversation stopper' by coworkers at Esquire, takes a speed-reading class, drops in at his high school and embarrasses himself, goes on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire,' and aggravates his wife.

    I really like the reader also, who does many great voices. I checked a few words that I thought might be mispronounced, and several were just an alternate pronunciation. It didn't really bother me too much, because the Encyclopedia does not contain pronunciation guidelines, and it is easy to mispronounce a word you learn by reading it, so it just seemed to fit, to me. He does sound like an NYC Jewish guy, and since the author is a Jewish guy who lives in NYC that seems reasonable. Some people have commented here that that annoyed them, so listen to the sample first.

    He comments a lot on what he learns, so you will get some new facts from this, although that is not a major reason for reading it, since the new facts are based on what the author was struck by as he sat on the couch with his big, heavy, hardcover volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Love that dirty water!"

    I love this book, and this audio production is great! Funny and scary and engrossing. One little bitty caveat: a couple words are not pronounced in the true local Boston fashion. For example, 'route' is pronounced to rhyme with 'stout,' rather than sounding like 'root,' the way we say it here. And the town of 'Natick' is pronounced to rhyme with 'static,' rather than as a slant rhyme for 'jaded.' Since I grew up near Natick, this kind of makes me itch every time I hear it. And the townie accents are close, but not perfect. But that's minor. This is a great performance of a great book, and I would love to hear more by Ax Norman. And when I look out my back window at Boston Harbor -hahhhbuh as it sounds here, I wish I could see S.T. in his zode.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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