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Robert

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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (661)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "Bildungsroman"
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    Would you listen to The Scar again? Why?

    Yes. Beautiful story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fox. Everyone knows someone just like him. Or they should ;)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Bildungsroman that should be required of all young men. "Courage is being afraid and doing it anyway" is heard so often that it's almost become a platitude. This story SHOWS what that saying means. One must master the beast inside that wants to rule the body, the animal that struggles against the higher self for survival at all costs - even to the death of the higher self, the soul. Similarly, one must also master the pride that the mind would preserve. The chest must rule the stomach and the mind, as CS Lewis said in the Abolition of Man.

    To do this, Egert must lose everything, his home, his honor, and nearly his mind, and journey from his home in a militaristic city (whose library is, tellingly, in a state of desuetude) to a center of learning that's in subtle conflict with a shadowy religious sect that seeks to rule through fear and cruelty. He must master the fearful beast within to save the woman he wronged, her city, and himself by putting what "is first in his soul last."

    This tale is very reminiscent of a fairytale of sorts, told in almost a classic Russian style. It's sad, but not often anymore does one find a story of manhood where men are men and women are women. The prose is hauntingly beautiful and the experience of reading it, this "path of experience," is unforgettable. I feel a little wiser having read it. It is most certainly a piece of modern literature.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4140)
    Performance
    (3617)
    Story
    (3582)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "A deep psychological mystery"
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    Unify the mind.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    I haven't ever seen anything like it. It is a deeply psychological story about the fracturing of the psyche and its reunification. How a fractured psyche, and everyone's is to some degree, will fight unification. Each complex acts as an autonomous entity that wants to live. Together the complexes will act as 'Little People,' as Jung called them, to resist the discovery of the personal myth that can unify the mind and make understanding possible. One needs to know a little depth psychology to get it, but even without it, it is still a very moving story. Unforgettable.

    “I have often had the fancy, that there is some one myth for every man, which, if we but knew it, would make us understand all he did and thought.” – W. B. Yeats


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


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

    Tengo and Aomame by the slide.


    Any additional comments?

    Incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2970)
    Performance
    (2753)
    Story
    (2758)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Awesome Ride!"
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    Where does NOS4A2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    EVERYTHING tied together. No loose ends. Very tight storyline. And it was just fun and, of course, horrible, like a horror story should be.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    She made it come alive and gave each character a believable voice. She did Mr. Manx especially well. Very talented reader. I would get another book read by her even without knowing anything else about it.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4A2 and why?

    Victoria McQueen. Very modern American Heroine.


    Any additional comments?

    I really think Joe Hill is starting to be better than his dad. For me anyway ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krampus: The Yule Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brom
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

    colleen says: "5 stars"
    "Mythic Fun"
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    What did you love best about Krampus?

    The performance was great and the story used a lot of myth.


    What other book might you compare Krampus to and why?

    Brom's other book, The Child Thief.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it was good.


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

    It was fun.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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