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Baron

BELLEVUE, WA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (650)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "I very much enjoyed reading it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, the Minotaur is working in a restaurant, and getting along as best he can. I enjoyed spending time with this earnest and well-meaning character as he attempted to navigate the social environment.

    It caused me to reflect my own idiosyncrasies and my own journey through life.

    There were choices made in grammar and language that, although arguably technically correct, detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

    Definitely worthwhile and enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (427)

    Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.

    Daniel says: "Funny and Inspirational Grab Bag"
    "Much less than I expected."
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    I enjoy Patton Oswalt as an actor and given other reviews hoped his book would reflect a level of thoughtfulness. It was not to be.

    The essays I was able to finish include (among others) faux (I hope) comments on a faux (I hope) typically Hollywood gross-out comedy script, and an ode to a Dungeons and Dragons character. In a word: puerile.

    About a third of the way through I realized that I didn't have to put myself through listening to the rest even if I did pay for it.

    Patton in the book reminded me of the characters in the movie "Sideways," who I regard as sociopaths and infantalized adults. This smirky, antisocial hipness is supposed to winked at, as we are all in on the joke. Not me.

    If you liked the characters in "Sideways" you may well find this book to be a work of genius. And there may well be something worthwhile later on, but I couldn't wait for it.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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