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benjamin

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  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

    David says: "Awesome Book!"
    "Skip this One!"
    Overall

    This book was horrible! This book was seperated into several boring stories of the author's childhood/manhood. The crux of each of these stories offered no real value or intrest. This book was not funny, sentimental, or in any way entertaining. Worst of all was the narration in which the author read the book with the voice and inflections of a 5 year old child. Skip this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Be Frank with You: A Frank Bascombe Book

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    In Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now 68, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived - seemingly if not utterly - in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash - the tumult of the world we live in.

    Mrs says: "Laconic but oh so serious"
    "Skip This One!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This entire book feels like Ford gathered leftover bits and pieces from yet another trip to the Frank Bascombe well and put them together to work out his issues with race. It's a boring book about old white man angst with no unexpected plot twists or any real development. The characters have the same depth as a wet cardboard box. Ford is better than this and is beating a dead horse with this book. Try Canada or one of Ford's story collections. Purchasing this book will only encourage Ford to write yet another Frank Bascombe time waster.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Grifter's Game: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Con man Joe Berlin was used to scoring easy cash off of gullible women. But that was before he met Mona Brassard - and found himself holding a stolen stash of raw heroin. Now that Joe has fallen hard for Mona, he's got to pull off the most dangerous con of his career: one that will leave him either a killer - or a corpse. Block's debut novel under his own name is a classic example of prime pulp fiction, with an ending that will astonish even the most jaded crime-fiction fan.

    benjamin says: "NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK!!!"
    "NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great author and story but when you download this book, you will not receive the entire story. This version is not abridged, it's just missing the second half of the book. Do Not Purchase!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winesburg, Ohio

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sherwood Anderson
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Winesburg, Ohio has the most memorable cast of characters in 20th-century fiction. Listeners will remember at least a few stories and their characters for the rest of their lives. Each of the 23 stories stands on its own. And each is also interwoven into the fabric of the book.

    Jacob says: "Hilariously bad"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great stories ruined by one of the worst readings I have heard. I guess I got what I paid for with this cheap version. Buy the book and read it yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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