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Rbjurnee

Reading is Sexy...Enough said!

United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) took his reading material quite seriously. He said, "When I read a book, I seem to read it with my eyes only. But now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me." Maugham's work has certainly become a part of millions of his fans today. To judge by his short story masterpieces, it was in the tiny crevasses and pinched corners of humanity that Maugham illuminated those elemental qualities that were to fascinate him all his life.

    Erik says: "Great narrator and great book, rare indeed"
    "New Raving Somerset Fan"
    Overall

    After reading a brief biography of Somerset Maugham's life I was interested in reading his books. I've started with Short Stories 2 and 3 and while 3 was my favorite they were both really great. Even though they are shorter then a lot of the other books, they are worth every cent or full credit point. His stories are detailed and colorful and really get you thinking about every side of a problem and story. It seems his goal is to help you consider another side of your set opinion on right and wrong and morality and never take anyone or anything at face value or for granted. These stories will keep you thinking which is the best part of reading or listening to any book. This narrator was great, and although it was dramatized in parts which is something I don't usually like, he does it so well that I actually enjoyed it and helped add color to characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

    Jeffrey says: "If my yetzer harah could write"
    "Irreverently Reverent & Laugh Out Loud Honesty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Foreskin's Lament the most enjoyable?

    I am a preachers daughter and now self admitted heathen through and through. I loved this book! I never would have selected it on my own had I not heard a portion of it on NPR. I found myself actually laughing out loud and was dying to hear the rest so I searched it out and was glad I did. It was really interesting and very educational for me on the Jewish Religion as well as a type of voyeuristic personal and private look into some beautiful, crazy and often unintelligible traditions of the Jewish Faith. Most of which I could personally relate to in some odd shape or form. I could relate also to a lot of his pragmatic doubting combined with seemingly irrational fear, faith and love of the traditions that influenced, shaped his life, his loves and the family he grew up in as well as the family he chose to make. I walked away from this book thinking about the traditions I will pass along to my children one day and what they might look back on and eventually come to appreciate.


    What does Shalom Auslander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personality, his humor, stops and starts, his insecurities, fears and yet his sincere and honest love for his family, traditions and communication with a God he so obviously loves and treats with the honest appreciation and respect that models the best types of life long relationships with a person you love. Anyone would be so lucky to have this relationship with his/her God.


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

    Yes!!!...but I didn't have to and could easily pick up where I left off and often saved it for times I needed a pick me up. This book was interesting, fun and put me in a happy place.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who loves the thoughtful yet sarcastic honesty and self depreciating humor of the likes of David Sedaris will thoroughly enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2599)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Pleasantly surprised & very impressed....."
    Overall

    I downloaded this book on a whim not being a big Rob Lowe fan besides enjoying him mainly recently in Parks & Recreation. He always seemed a bit too much of a pretty boy and seeing him in a different light with these candid stories challenged me to re check myself on my assumptions of people without better knowledge or understanding. The audio was worth his incredible voice impersonations alone which I was quite impressed by. He was also so personable, candid and mature in such an un-epexpected and down to earth way. Growing up with a lot of his first movies and being familiar with so many actors referenced I found myself going online to look up movies, people, places and take a second look at movies I had previously written off. I loved the impersonation and story of meeting Cary Grant. All in all, just a really interesting and surprisingly uplifting book. With him personally narrating it I highly recommend it as an Audio which I think takes this book to a whole different level that reading in print would be hugely missing out on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Human Bondage

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration. He abandons his studies to travel, first to Heidelberg and then to Paris, where he nurses ambitions of becoming a great artist. Philip's youthful idealism erodes, however, as he comes face-to-face with his own mediocrity and lack of impact on the world. After returning to London to study medicine, he becomes wildly infatuated with Mildred, a vulgar, tawdry waitress, and begins a doomed love affair.

    joan says: "Great book, reader not good for the car"
    "You won't want it to end!"
    Overall

    Simple in writing but it draws you in and makes you relate and remember experiences, feelings and situations in yourself and friends that are similar to the best and worst characters in the story. It wraps up a little quicker then I expected after such a long audio but it's probably the best book I've heard to date and has had me thinking and rethinking situations, events in my own life. It was a fantastic listen!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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