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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Where is it going? When will it end?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Sometimes a Great Notion? What did you like least?

    I was attracted to this title by the name Ken Kesey, recalling his prior work, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. It proved to be a disappointment.

    I found it very difficult to keep track of which character was narrating at any given time. The narrative went on and on and on. I was wishing for the end by the second of four parts. The ending itself was quite unsatisfying, definitely not worth the significant investment in time.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Adjustment Bureau

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside....

    John Hall says: "Ripoff - incomplete story - chapter 1 of 3"
    "This is not a book, it is a short story."
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    Was The Adjustment Bureau worth the listening time?

    The listening time was the major disappointment with this book. There was very little listening for the money spent.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Black

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated By Baratunde Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be the Black Friend" to "How to Be the (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month". This is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious guide that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be".

    Teddy says: "Funny yet insightful!"
    "A fun lesson in how to get along"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I, an aging white man, found it to be really funny yet full of serious and insightful information into interpersonal relations. It is a very positive and constructive guide to getting along with your fellow man.

    The performance is outstanding. Only the author could have delivered it this well.


    What other book might you compare How to Be Black to and why?

    I've never read anything else like it (but I'd like to...).


    0 of 0 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"
    "A good dose of Penn"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would suggest that he pick a subject and stick with it. The atheism arguments are interesting, as are many of the personal anecdotes, but they just seem to be thrown together and shaken up. It's clear he didn't have enough material for the book he started to write and fluffed it up with personal stories. Don't get me wrong. If you like Penn's humor this book will probably work for you.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Penn Jillette? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which character ??? as performed by Penn Jillette ??? was your favorite?

    Penn Jillette


    Do you think God, No! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9246)
    Performance
    (6766)
    Story
    (6807)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "A Love Story With a Lame Ending"
    Overall

    This starts out promisingly with a view of the world from a modern day witch. There are glimpses of creatures (vampires, witches, and demons) living openly among humans, and interesting tidbits about magic and the varying characteristics of the creatures. The story line which is started is effectively abandoned in favor of a syrupy romance between a witch and a vampire. It is as if the author realizes she can't paint the rest of the picture she started and tries to cover her tracks with dime's worth of romance. The closing leaves dozens of loose ends and is completely unsatisfying.

    On the positive side, the book was expertly narrated, leaving me with the feeling that I was in the presence of the main character much of the time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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