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montclair, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 14 reviews
  • 155 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Dig this..."

    Boyle's vision has typically been too uncomfortably honest for me. Drop City, although excruciatingly embarrassing to a survivor of the days of peace and love, didn't evoke the usual feelings of hopelessness and the lack of any possible redemption and allowed for real insights. I recommend highly this funny and original book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma Hooper
    • Narrated By Robert G. Slade

    Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Canada eastward to the coast. Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. "I will try to remember to come back," Etta writes to him. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay.

    Rose says: "touching story"
    "Beatiful story. Stellar narration."
    Where does Etta and Otto and Russell and James rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there.

    What about Robert G. Slade’s performance did you like?

    I forgot it wasn't multiple readers.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everything to do with James as a guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Skimpy plot line"
    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    Narration was good. Story not.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Greaney again?

    After the first few Gray Man novels the plots became increasingly strained with extensive rough and tumble chase scenes and too much unnecessary details that seemed only there to fill pages.

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

    Narration was good.

    Could you see Ballistic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Fantastic premise!"
    What made the experience of listening to The City & The City the most enjoyable?

    I read that this genre is called

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "What a Christmas present!"

    Nothing better than some Tiffany Aching in your stocking. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs truly make magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "His politics only make it better!"

    Anyone surprised by King's language hasn't read him before. The comments about the reader are puzzling as he does an excellent job and I often find myself lingering in my car to see what happens. After reading the comments about his political slant I was attuned to it and found he was quite tame and, for this reader, there were many opportunities he missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beginner's Guide to Dream Interpretation: Uncover the Hidden Riches of Your Dreams with Jungian Analyst

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    From five to seven times each night, we dream and glimpse into a reality not normally available to us. Now Jungian psychoanalyst and author Clarissa Pinkola Estes explores the symbols, themes and insights of these letters from our subconscious, with the beginning student in mind.

    Lynne says: "Running with the dream wolves"
    "Running with the dream wolves"

    Clarissa describes a way of interpreting dreams using ones own associations instead of those of dream dictionaries- allowing one access to the messages of dreams in a much more direct and authentic manner.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "Not your average serial killer"

    A straight forward, plausibly paced, police procedural that, while realistic, was extremely engaging . Mankell's characters are fully developed and he isn't compelled to create a crime so horrific (as most American mystery writers do) that you are never able to see the murderer as a human being. Nice shades of grey. Kurt Wallender reminds me of another favorite- Harry Bosch.

    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

    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."
    "Smart sci-fi"

    Sci-fi with an emphasis on sci. No gratuitous plot lines. Complex without confusion, evocative, terrifying (a la Oryx and Crake), engrossing from start to finish. Excellent reader. Bravo Audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Oooh. Magic noir."

    A new genre for me. A great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "New alternative reality"

    I've happily just discovered Neil Gaiman and am thrilled by his quirky magic and thoroughly sympathetic, extremely human protagonists. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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