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Justin

Evanston, IL, USA

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  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (463)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "highly-recommended -- fun, moving, thot-provoking"
    Overall

    This tale re-writes the bible story of Joseph, from the imagined perspective of the women involved. A fascinating read, rich as a fictional story and richer still as a subversive critique of the bible. The story dramatized how attuned the bible was to the male perspective - and how amazingly unattuned it was to the female perspective. As a man, I personally didn't feel insulted like the other reviewer (Andrew) felt by the portrayals of men, but maybe I'm just liberal. I also appreciated seeing how monotheism co-existed with polytheism for so long (long after Abraham smashed idols in his dad's shop), and how women and men may have viewed the introduction of monotheism very differently.
    All in all, a fun, moving, thought-provoking, and beautifully-written story. Highly recommended.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: The House on Loon Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
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    A real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood-style tagline. Perhaps: "You Might Break In ... But You'll Never Forget." Or "Dead Letters Tell No Tales." The story: back in the 70's, a couple of kids broke into an abandoned house in the small town in New Hampshire. The home turned out to be a perfect time capsule, containing the furniture, letters and personal effects of an entire family abandoned for decades. It seemed like the family just vanished.

    Deborah says: "The House at Loon Lake"
    "A Real-Life Hardy Boys Mystery!"
    Overall

    Classic ThisAmericanLife storytelling! I loved this one. When I was young I read the Hardy Boys mysteries (and the Scooby Doo episodes that mimic the genre), and this story is like the very best of them; had me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. The best part, though, is how they make this a mystery story for grown-ups. The story has subtlety and complexity, and the real power of the tale is in the emotional drama and how the story studies people and relationships. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: Before It Had a Name

    • NONE (59 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (4)
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    Just after the end of WWII, an obscure psychology professor from Chicago dragged one of the earliest portable sound recorders, weighing nearly 70lbs, around the refugee camps of Europe. His intent was to collect stories from the concentration camps survivors - who lived through the Holocaust before it was called the Holocaust. They're quite different from later interviews with survivors. But the professor died in obscurity, his work lost, his recordings forgotten for decades, and only recently rediscoved.

    Justin says: "Not Up to T.A.L.'s Usual Standard"
    "Not Up to T.A.L.'s Usual Standard"
    Overall

    I absolutely LOVE Ira Glass & This American Life, but this one didn't quite come together. The 3 different stories that comprise this edition were each modestly interesting, but not on the level that most T.A.L. stories are for me, and the theme never quite bound them together convincingly. The segment about early interviews with holocaust survivors - talking about their experiences before anyone could use the name "holocaust" - was pretty interesting in its own right, especially if you have any interest in the topic. But if you're looking to sample some of Ira's best, there are plenty of better editions to check out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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