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  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "More than I expected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steppenwolf to be better than the print version?

    No, but Peter Weller did an amazing job bringing Haller to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hesse captures what it means to live, and if read (or listened to) properly, offers a hopeful warning for the young, while also presenting a means of communal acceptance for those who have lived much of their years already.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not the magic theater--it was too "beat you over the head with moralizing symbolism"--although, I would never suggest it isn't a necessary component of the piece. I liked the bar scene where Haller went to avoid his apartment in an attempt to forestall his suicide.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film could never do the book justice.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Hesse's Siddhartha, I expected a good deal of musings on life. However, where Siddhartha presents ideas in a simplistic archetypal fashion, Steppenwolf has nuance and depth. Excellent, raw emotional exposure.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Cram's Condensed Audio Course for Use with the American Literature CLEP Exam

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Corey Loeffelholz, Jennifer Dickmann
    • Narrated By Corey Loeffelholz, Jennifer Dickmann
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    This Captain Cram's Condensed Audio Course is the only audio program designed specifically for the American Literature CLEP test. This program provides you with all of the information you need to pass the test. Don’t walk into the test wondering if you know enough to pass. Save yourself that terrible anxiety and stress. Walk in knowing that you’ve mastered the material because you’ve used the best program available anywhere.

    Lori says: "I PASSED MY CLEP EXAM!"
    "dismal"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe it works for the test.


    What was most disappointing about Corey Loeffelholz and Jennifer Dickmann ’s story?

    So many mispronounced words and names. Also, the narrators are dreadful readers of poetry.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Corey Loeffelholz and Jennifer Dickmann ’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1523)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Awful"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    No. I didn't like either.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    The plot was predictable--even the twist at the end. The dialogue was false. The profanity was overdone in a lame attempt to make it seem authentic. All in all, it was a waste of time and money except that I will know to avoid this author in the future.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    He had a nice deep voice, but his lady characters all come across as unconvincing transvestites without the benefit of hormone therapy. In addition, in an attempt to mitigate his deep voice, he characterizes all the women's voices as annoyingly demure, lilting, and breathy regardless of the situation. This narrator should stick to books without dialogue.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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