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ewreirct

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  • Sixty Days and Counting: Science in the Capital, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (19)
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    (21)

    By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    ewreirct says: "fiction about science, not sci-fi"
    "fiction about science, not sci-fi"
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    I want to offset some of these negative reviews, and the final book in the series was my favorite by far. This series is fiction about the lives of scientists... not science fiction. It's not action packed, not thrilling, and not exactly romantic. In particular, I found the interrelated discussions of climate science and American Transcendentalism to be utterly captivating, and truly moving.
    If you want a thriller/ shoot em up, you probably shouldn't get this. If endless digressions about about hiking in the Sierras, raising children, looking at paintings by Vuillard, reading Emerson, Listening to Astor Piazzolla, and considering the carbon sink capacity of lichen covered trees in Siberia sounds interesting, than this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consumed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Cronenberg
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared.

    Silly Goose says: "Hurt's performance gives characters more dimension"
    "classic Cronenberg"
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    Consumed is expertly narrated by William Hurt. At first, his style bothered me, as it seemed much more "dramatic" than a typical narration, but by the end, it felt as if I were listening to a radio play more than a traditional audiobook.

    The story is classic Cronenberg. If you're a fan like me, this is like a grand buffet of what I've missed from his last decade of films. Unsettling, amusing, erotic, horrific and mundane, often all at the same time. If you enjoy a strange tale that unfolds in unexpected directions this does not disappoint. If you're looking for a plot that you feel "makes sense", this may not be the book for you.

    My favorite line: "Have you heard of 3D philosophical tissue printing?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bittersweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence....

    Sherry Vital says: "Slow to connect with the story and characters."
    "Suspenseful Summer Page Turner"
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    An engaging story with many twists and turns, set in bucolic east coast environs. Well read too, with clear distinction between characters voices'. Wish it had been longer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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