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SHAWN

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  • The Real Thing

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Stoppard
    • Narrated By Andrea Bowen, Matt Gaydos, Carolyn Seymour, and others
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Henry may be the wittiest playwright of his generation, but he’s hopelessly naïve when it comes to understanding love and infidelity. Writing about betrayal is one thing, living with it is another. After Henry leaves his wife for another woman, he’s confronted with being the cuckold himself. Both dazzlingly clever and emotionally naked, Henry’s search for the “the real thing” in art and love demonstrates beautifully why both are worth the effort in the end.

    SHAWN says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I've watched this play, read this play, and now I have listened to this play in my car on my way to and from work. With tears of laughter obstructing my vision I was a road hazard! DUIOTS!

    More dramatized Tom Stoppard, Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Diaries Project: What We're Saying about What We're Doing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Arianne Cohen
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller, Jeff Woodman, Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Arianne Cohen spent four years collecting 1,500 Sex Diaries and in this book she takes us on a tantalizing tour of American bedrooms through the all-new, provocative, often moving, sometimes shocking, always entertaining real diaries of 40 Sex Diarists. From the Madly-in-Love 17-Year-Old Who Might be Pregnant to the Cheating Father of Three and the Grandma Who Is Perfectly Happy Alone, these tales of love, lust, longing and leaving will shock, titillate, and educate.

    SHAWN says: "Unexpected delight"
    "Unexpected delight"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I was in the mood for something sexy, perhaps a bit titillating, too. After I listened to the sample I was enticed to hear more. What a nice surprise!

    The readers are terrific. The personalities of the diarists come off as authentic and honest. And even while I suppose that some of this is exaggerated, I found the diarists to express familiar desires, passions, insecurities and vulnerabilities. Many of the writers describe how their relationships work or don't in relation to sex. The context for their sexual lives is rich. I feel like I can understand some of the kinds of relationships and what drives them very well, even though I've never experienced these types of relationships myself

    Also, what's great about this collection is the range of people writing across the spectrum of age and sexual preference. Ultimately, this audio book reminded me of what a gift it is to be alive and to be hungry!

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (120)

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
    "Keaton is disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Hearing Diane Keaton pronounce tule fog as "tool" fog and Merced as "mers-ed" (emphasis on the first syllable rather than on the last) was a little jarring. Aren't there editors involved to help the readers pronounce the words correctly? Keaton is a good reader for Didion's slightly smug tone here, but those errors were disappointing.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Inherent Vice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49..."
    "Fantastic Fun"
    Overall

    Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. I started reading the book and wanted the audible version for my commute. What a surprise to hear the superb voice of Ron McLarty! I sort of recognized his name when I selected this title, but it wasn't until I listened that I recognized the voice from one of my all-time-favorite recorded books, Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. McLarty's reading made this Pynchon audiobook a great companion on the road.
    Inherent Vice is great fun. A wonderfully large cast of characters, a heartfelt nostalgia for good hippie karma, rich cultural allusions and historical Los Angeles combine to make this book one of my favorites. I have read most of Pynchon's stuff, and I don't care much about where this fits into his oeuvre--as better than or as good as, or not. What matters to me is that what I have always liked about Pynchon's work, the language, the pop-culture playfulness, the paranoia, the deep conspiracy of control, is utilized in Inherent Vice to spin the detective genre in complex and delightful ways.
    What a blast!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (122)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
    "Cheap production quality"
    Overall

    Why would the producers of this "audiobook" overlay loud music at the end so that you can barely make out what Wallace said but then lower the volume of the music when they read off the production credits? Maddening!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Role Models

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities---some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

    Nanci says: "Smutty But Funny"
    "Score!"
    Overall

    The moment I heard Waters talking about this book (last year on KQED's Forum) I hoped it would be released on Audible. How cool to get to hear the book read by the author! Lucky day! I'm going to enjoy this one!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "A great American Novel"
    Overall

    (I have read this book and have read the Watson Trilogy multiple times, but I have just now found this exciting audio program.)

    This is a great book!

    The Watson Trilogy is superb and this "retelling" is excellent.

    There is so much here: the ecological history of a rich frontier wilderness; a disturbing depiction, which is palpable, of the psychological and physical brutality of turn-of-the-century racism in the deep south; and the strangely affecting tragedy of an ambitious and determined man who murdered too often and sometimes too easily trying to mark his way through the wild lands into the modern era.

    There's real beauty here, too. It is cast with humor and poetry, and it is a tale told through manifold voices recalling Watson in the Ten Thousand Islands, then via his son investigating the history to find peace of mind, and finally, the intense first-person narration of Watson himself.

    This is Matthiessen's masterwork. And that an artist of his caliber has rewritten an already superb trilogy (taking nine years to do so!), bringing the story back into the tight focus he intended in the first place, and for it to be this exceptional novel, places it securely on the shelf of great American Fiction--alongside Twain, Faulkner and Morrison (in my canon!). Shadow Country is a triumphant accomplishment! Bravo, Mr. Matthiessen!

    The audio narrator of this novel seems quite capable and I look forward to revisiting this complex, enriching, and entertaining novel audibly!

    98 of 105 people found this review helpful
  • No Boundaries

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Would you believe that one man championed the cause of Native Americans with Leonard Peltier, helped migrant farm workers with Cesar Chavez, traveled to Nepal, hiked the Himalayas, explored Africa and founded The Paris Review? It's true, and it's the life of Peter Matthiessen. Listen to entrancing travel tales and real life anecdotes from this author of At Play in the Fields of the Lord and the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard.

    SHAWN says: "A fantastic glimpse of Matthiessen"
    "A fantastic glimpse of Matthiessen"
    Overall

    Now that they have upgraded the sound quality of this I can highly recommend it.
    It is an interview with only Matthiessen speaking. There are wonderful moments of revelation both of his life as an author and as a Zen student/teacher. Great insight!
    This is a good companion for those reading The Snow Leopard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (160)

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
    "Abridged..."
    Overall

    While the abridgment is probably necessary given an essay like "Host," I was hoping to hear "Authority and American Usage." The conversational tone of that essay would fit this medium so very well--except for the nasally footnotes: but then, how do you handle audio footers?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in a Box

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Spalding Gray
    • Narrated By Spalding Gray
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Despite all the pain writing causes him, Spalding fans are always grateful for the finished product! In this monologue, Spalding meanders in and out of anecdotes as he recounts how his 1900-page novel came to fruition. Browse other Spalding Gray monologues.

    SHAWN says: "Improved sound!"
    "Improved sound!"
    Overall

    One great feature of audible is that if you've purchased this already, you get to download this hugely improved version!

    I can only hope they do the same for "Terrors of Pleasure."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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