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Stacey

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Flamethrowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (144)

    The year is 1975 and Reno - so-called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts.

    Peregrine says: "Stories come gushing out of this book"
    "A Test for Secure Men"
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    I'm only a couple hours into the book and I think it's fantastic. Why? Because this is in part a story that could be about a man's experiences except it's told by a woman, about a woman. I think that many men are just not secure enough in their masculinity to allow themselves to enjoy both the story and the reader. Note that I'm a guy though the Audible account is in my wife's name. Actually, it's really cool to hear how Kushner describes motorcycle riding, loud music and gun shots with words that men just would not. I really dig that. I think that most American men would either not get it or not admit that they get it at the risk of being too in touch with their feminine side. As an example, regardless of how it's described, riding a motorcycle at nearly 150 miles per hour is thrilling and dangerous no matter if you are of the gender that stands to pee or sits to pee.

    Casting genderization aside, Kushner uses uncommon words and expressions to describe things. Ordinary things are described as if they were art and I think that's really cool too. Maybe it's my left handed but ambidextrous mind and body that find this book so captivating. Maybe some day soon I will meet Kushner and her hubbie at one of our nearby quasi Bohemian bars or eateries and we can have a fun chat. Major compliments on her ability to describe life for young adults in the late 70's when I belonged to that demographic. I'm 63 now.

    More to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1383)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Stevan says: "Stevan"
    "Title should be atheism and unrelated anecdotes"
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    I'm a baby boomer, about 5 years older than Penn, so I relate to a lot of the way he looks at things. I'm not one to dis atheism and whether I am or am not an atheist is none of your business. This book is an excellent source to learn how other people think who may not be followers of any of the world's "great"religions.

    Listen to it for the trippy, fun anecdotes.

    Penn seems to have what some may see as a "big man's complex", but I don't care. His ego may bother some, but that's their problem.

    I'm not into magic and the only time I might turn on a magic show on TV would be if I have trouble sleeping. That does not stop me from respecting magicians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (237)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Interesting look into history"
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    I was a business major during my undergraduate and post graduate years so I did not take many courses in literature. I was excited to listen to this book. I see why it is a classic. Some of it is timeless. Some is not. I've been going to Manhattan on business two or three times a year for 14 years and it was cool to know some of the places the book refers to.

    I've listened to at least 24 books and William Hope's reading may be the best. Fantastic job.

    As for the story, I found it interesting, engaging and exciting for about 3/4 of its length. After that, I was disappointed. It kind of went flat for me. The ending was actually a shock. Maybe I've got too much of a bean counter's brain.

    Regardless, I'd love to see the original two versions of the movie. I refuse to see the version with Redford and would consider putting my life in jeopardy while trying to escape if being forced at gunpoint to sit through the upcoming release of the next version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3036)
    Story
    (3050)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Trash for people who think that they're smart"
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    In order to accept the premise of this book, you must accept the following:
    1. The son of the President works for the CIA....OK, this is possible
    2. The son of the President is an active CIA assassin. Yeah, right.
    3. The son of the President refuses Secret Service protection. Yeah, right, and this would of course never make the news.
    4. A terrorist who is a computer expert, does not delete his internet browsing history.
    5. A popular Silicon Valley software genius suddenly goes postal on his staff and then blows up his company's hardware, but not before emailing his supposed suicide note.

    Look, these are just a few of the annoying events and assumptions that you must accept to buy into this trash. Sorry, I know, if you do buy into it the story may keep you out of the bars for a while, but I am honestly shocked at what garbage this is.

    Then there is Lou, the reader...wow, what a variety of accents he can do in his monotone....

    Sorry, but it's not for me. No harm intended, but Clancy, as wealthy as he is, has become a fast food chef for something like literature.

    What a waste of credits.

    FYI, no, I did not finish it. After the hooker sets up nice American father businessman, it was NO MAS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1938)
    Story
    (1927)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Most plausible, Jack the Thinker......"
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    I will write more later. I think that this is the most believable of the four or five Reacher books I've read. It's a bit more cerebral than the others, which explains why there are a lot of negative reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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