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Rod

portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3897)
    Performance
    (3289)
    Story
    (3272)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Grisham standard"
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    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    Grisham is a wonderful craftsman. His characters are more constructs than real people but I guess that is why we like this type of escapist writing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Hearing Grisham attempt to put himself in the skin of a smart black person was an interesting strategic ploy aligned with the denigration of Federal government employees and institutions. One can't help but think that he is playing some kind of political game here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (3446)
    Story
    (3413)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "A modern Proust"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is traveling across an expansive desert. The length is daunting but, if you have the time, it is definitely worth slowing down and becoming absorbed in the other world that is 1Q84.The translation and reading are both excellent. Make sure you listen to the interviews with the translators at the end - a wonderful illumination of a largely unrecognised labour.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (720)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Do NOT drive listening to this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to America Again the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Colbert does satire so strong that it gets your gut aching. The writing team that produced this book have mixed some old and new stuff to make an hilarious listen.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    To get the full performance, with the unique Colbert intonation, inflection and timing, is incomparable to just reading the book.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    It is so easy to make "Clean Coal" once you know how. Colbert illuminates this and many other aspects of American scientific achievement, life, economy and politics


    Any additional comments?

    As a native of Australia and unable to vote in the US, it is wonderful to see that America has the ability to laugh at itself. The recovery from the Bush years is still precarious and that is what makes satire of this calibre so important- as well as simply hilarious.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5948)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2162)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Depth and length"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Middlesex?

    So many- the description of Middlesex and the metaphor with Kal's own disjointed architecture, Milton flying towards a resolution. Desdemona and Lefty on the marriage night... Chapter 11 and Kal reunited after Kal returns...


    Any additional comments?

    Each time you think the plot has gone in one irreversible track, Euginedes conjures up a way out that surprises and piques the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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