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George

Winter Park, FL, USA

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  • The New York Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Paul Auster's signature work, The New York Trilogy, consists of three interlocking novels: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room - haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller.

    James says: "Great Book of Pretentiousness"
    "I just don't get the connections."
    Overall

    I am into self exploration. I love complexity, intrigue and an ending that I may have to participate in. I do not need to be told of all little details. This book starts cohesively with proper train of thought and use of language. As it evolves the language is there but it is absent of cogent meaning. Might as well be "word salad". Disconnected ideas that are supposed to have some higher meaning. Simply tell me who or what brings Wilson/Quinn/Auster(or whatever the protagonist wants to be called) the food when he's in Stillman's apartment. Am I being too concrete. If the purpose of this book is to raise questions about "who knows what" then it has achieved its goal. If its purpose was to raise issues about, identity, language or metafiction as other reviewers suggest or possibly allow for introspection, I believe it did and does not. Maybe the ultimate goal of the book is to increase confusion and to collect dust in my library. Job well done.

    8 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (845)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Not Really Bel Booko"
    Overall

    Reasonable storyline, predictable outcome. Writing is decent but I'm not sure there's much depth or undertones. No idea why this is an award winner.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Confused"
    Overall

    At the end of this book I found myself asking "When". This book is written in with the "paranoia" of all parents and the actual injustices "to" children simply because of their youth, in mind. The plot and theme are logical with several nuggets of "facts without associated relevance" thrown in to keep up the mystique. Sometimes these "facts" appeared to need immediate attention but were put off for later handling so as to create more anxiety. That was fine but did not correlate well with the high level of function of the main characters. Parental behavior was incompatible with the their displayed wisdom. The story does tug at one's emotions with an ending that is consuming. A statement at the end of the book, by the author, is a highlight but nevertheless I do not believe this to be a book on par with the Ender series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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