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T Cyr

Missoula, MT United States

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  • Another Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

    Kenneth says: "Powerful and sad"
    "Outstanding Audio Book in Every Way"
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    What did you love best about Another Country?

    This story is as powerful and provocative today as it was when it was first written. Baldwin paints a brilliant picture with his words filled with color and emotions, like listening to an extraordinary jazz piece. Graham add such vibrant life to the characters and creates a mood that often becomes hypnotic and memorizing. I was captivated from the first paragraph to the last word uttered. I was familiar with Baldwin from reading his other works some 30 years earlier. How did I ever miss this one? It's his masterpiece of vision and masterful story telling of an era long lost.

    This is not a novel for everyone, has themes of strong sexual situations, racism, and the violent nature of lost souls. But it's all the things l love that define the human condition.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Dysfunction at a feavered pitch!"
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    Augusten Burroughs does an awesome job bringing to life this story as both the writer and reader. It is utterly captivating from the moment I started it until the end. This is a wacky world of dysfunctional characters that come to life. It is utterly hysterical and painfully moving the way he is able to weave and expose such a complex world in such a mater of fact candid way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Fun & Interesting, with lots of steamy bits!"
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    Samuel West keeps this story interesting and going through great definition of character. Not sure where the plot was always going, or even if there was a plot, more like the meanderings of the main character's thoughts. Lots of great sex, vivid and colorful romp into gay life. Kind of a refreshing journey to be taken on to a time forgotten, how carefree the 80's actually were. Hollinghurst is an interesting writer who puts the most interesting spin on the most banal circumstances. Totally enjoyed all the way through. It's a great book to listen to while you garden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

    Randy says: "OMG!"
    "Vivid! Tactile! Viseral!"
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    I become as addicted to this audio book as much as the characters it was about! One of the most brilliant things I have listened to in a long time. The narration weaves an almost hallucinogenic series of vignettes that takes you to all these wacky places. It sucks you in and doesn't let up until is it over. I couldn't turn it off!!!! You could literally start with any chapter and play in any order. I am going to have fun with this one in a my library for a very long time. It was as prophetic today as when it was written in 1959. Predicting a sexual epidemic such as AIDS that would consume and ravish our culture. It's almost like you can feel it's throbbing pulse through every syllable uttered. Not for everyone has strong graphic episodes that become quite numbing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (426)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "Utterly Captivating!!"
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    How did I ever NOT read this throughout all my years of reading! Patton is an exceptional reader and brings the story and every character to life. It takes you to an era long gone by, in vivid detail. A true American Saga...not to be missed on audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Michael de Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

    Julie says: "Amazingly wonderful, a new favorite!"
    "This timeless classic does not work on Audio Book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with this book when I was a kid and have read it several times in my life. In many ways it shaped my own concepts of spiritual beliefs, of living in a calm settled tranquility. I always took away a more profound belief in the existence of Shangri-La, and in many ways the book always seem to transfix me with a mystical power. This audio book did not do this. The reader was very literal in the way he approached and read this timeless classic. The characters become somewhat cynical, lifeless and cold. All the elements of mystery where gone or missing. There was no sense of beauty of this extraordinary place and time. Yes time was suspended, but it was in the long drawn out reading of the reader. Finally half way through the recording I had to increase the play speed to 1.25 to get finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    By 1785, deep in the heart of Paris, the city's oldest cemetery is overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

    marsha says: "This book is exquisite"
    "Could not get into it!"
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    What disappointed you about Pure?

    The reader seems to lack enthusiasm in reading and does not seem very interested in the story he is trying to relate. Same tone with same rhythm. Very uninteresting story. Gave it a 2 hour try and could not get into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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