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karen

Eclectic tastes. Love anything thought provoking. Especially if its blended with some from of humour.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (385)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Way fun but shocking"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Them: Adventures with Extremists to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Absolutely love Jon Ronson reading his works. You just cannot beat hearing his inflections on these incredible interviews. Shocking. Fun. Witty. Fresh!


    What other book might you compare Them: Adventures with Extremists to and why?

    Men Who Stare at Goats. Why? It's just unbelievable that these are based in reality. Hang on and prepare to be shocked but also to laugh at just how ridiculous these tales can be


    Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

    Jon Ronson. For sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Disbelief mixed with great chuckles


    Any additional comments?

    Read it. Witty and just great

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Steinbeck travels"
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    If you could sum up Travels with Charley in Search of America in three words, what would they be?

    Epic in a small kind way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steinbeck. Bears his soul in loving America and particularly the common person


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

    He is just a superb reader. Really brings out all the characters!


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

    Yes. When Mr Steinbeck was talking about killing the coyotes.


    Any additional comments?

    His comments on the loss of regional languages resulting from TV was right on and quite sad actually!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pony

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

    karen says: "Steinbeck maybe about his youth?"
    "Steinbeck maybe about his youth?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A beautiful story about longing. Growing up. Responsibility life!


    What other book might you compare The Red Pony to and why?

    A separate peace


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Billy


    If you could take any character from The Red Pony out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Billy. Would like to understand how he came to this ranch and why he wanted to stay!


    Any additional comments?

    One can really feel the place and the people here

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Another Ronson winner"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Men Who Stare at Goats the most enjoyable?

    Unbelievable story of just how far the military goes to try to secure an "edge"


    What did you like best about this story?

    Absolutely wonderful characters you will always remember


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Mangan’s performances?

    No. This would have been much stronger if read by Jon Ronson


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and shake my head in disbelief!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    karen says: "Steinbeck."
    "Steinbeck."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pearl to be better than the print version?

    Not really


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book is so not about a favourite character. It is about needs and choices.


    Have you listened to any of Hector Elizondo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard Hector before. His reading here is perfect


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

    Sure. Not a long book


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful description of the characters and the dilemmas they face. So Steinbeck

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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