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Don Swinscoe Jr.

Hollister, CA | Listener Since 2004

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  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "Not for Anne Coulteresque hate rant readers"
    Overall

    Eloquent, wry, and brutally honest, the author takes us on a journey that forces us to discard our half-baked presumptions and petty prejudices, and consider a worldview that beckons us to take a closer, second look at our over-indulgent, mega-consumption, sense of entitlement and ignorance. Writing and narrating with rapid-fire, tongue in cheek, eloquence, the author paints a picture of decadence and misguided ambitions that leaves one both laughing and crying at times. Often aloof and uncomfortable in his environment, he tempers his sparsely sprinkled political diatribes and infrequent ad hominem jabs, with genuine humor and moments of real humanity and insight - always somehow delivering the challenge to see beyond our homophobic, bigoted, and often over-simplified view of society and world affairs, and to finally push away from the dinner table before we need a bucket. For a fresh and entirely different angle, I highly recommend this book.

    55 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (950)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Original, timely and compelling Sci-Fi drama"
    Overall

    From the rich details of the main characters' lives together as children in the first few minutes of the book, to their awe inspiring transition in the final hour, I was fascinated from beginning to end with not only the depth of Wilson's characters, but his masterful ability to interweave entirely plausible science with an highly original and compelling plot. Brought to life with the familiar narrative genius of Scott Brick, the story quickly develops, capturing the listener's imagination with a vibrant, multi-perspective, panoramic view of an epic human adventure, set in a familiar, yet wonderfully original not-to-distant future. Listeners looking for pure Sci-Fi might be disappointed though, as Spin delivers much more, providing ample philosophical food for thought about the 'human condition', while giving relevant insights into today's ultra-conservative, socio-political environment in the US. I highly recommend Spin!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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