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  • House of Holes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor. So begins Nicholson Baker's fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, House of Holes. Baker returns to erotic territory with a gleefully over-the-top novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply. Brimful of good-nature, wit, and surreal sexual vocabulary, this is a modern-day Hieronymous Boschian bacchanal that is sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.

    Jeffrey says: "A fantastic performance of a very funny book"
    "good literate porn"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of House of Holes to be better than the print version?

    handier for me. Easier to listen while running or driving than to sit down and read.


    What other book might you compare House of Holes to and why?

    Ann Rice's Beauty trilogy, another example of literate porn. Both authors know how to write standard English, and know how to write raunch without sexist or approaches taking me out of the mood. Also, listen to Susie Bright's interview with Nicholson Baker in her In Bed series for a good idea of the tone and approach of the book.


    What about Jeff Woodman???s performance did you like?

    Clear and easy to understand. A good professional reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. It is a collection of related short stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Road Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

    Richard Delman says: "Pretty fine Elmore Leonard."
    "from a big Elmore Leonard fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Road Dogs to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Elmore Leonard writes as if for a film, and an audio production comes close.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept my interest in characters and plot.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Francis James???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't keep track of performers, because Audible performers are all pretty good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (332)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "I had to stop listening"
    Overall

    1. The politics were a little explicit, but believable. Some might be offended by American fascists using dead conservative politicians as icons of fascism, but other fascists have distorted history for their own purposes. 2. However, the author's repeated mis-stating of the time dilation due to relativistic velocity was irritating. He should have had a physicist or physics major read the story. 3. Character actions seemed designed to further the plot, because they were not believable otherwise. I can forgive an occasional lapse where the author has written himself into a corner, but there are too many here.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful

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