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Bronwen

Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Intruder in the Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Intruder in the Dust is at once an engrossing murder mystery and an unflinching portrait of racial injustice. Set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, it is the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a black man wrongly arrested for the murder of Vinson Gowrie, a white man. Confronted by the threat of lynching, Lucas sets out to prove his innocence, aided by a white lawyer, Gavin Stephens, and his young nephew, Chick Mallison.

    Doug says: "A true classic"
    "Not his best, but hey, it's still Faulkner."
    Overall

    Scratched the classic-southern-gothic itch alright. Something about it seemed a little like a formulaic noir detective novel though. However there were some awesome scenes scattered amongst the less imaginitive stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3389)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1800)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Fresh, Fast and Unforgettable"
    Overall

    Months later I'm still remembering images this book conjured in my brain. I'd heard it described as steampunk, but it was simply a scientifically convincing vision of one possible future for our world. In this future things are crazily different from life in 2010 USA. The anthropological side of the novel gives a mind-swirling new perspective, but the goodness doesn't end there! The plot moves, the action grips and the characters are ones whose heads you really get in. It even ends satisfyingly. I've almost talked myself into giving it 5 stars, but it could have been edited down a tiny bit. Ok, ok, I give it 4.5 stars!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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