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Brian B.

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  • The Sot-Weed Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Barth
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

    Janice says: "An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder"
    "One of my Favorite Titles"
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    I was first exposed to The Sot Weed Factor in my first year English Lit class at university in 1972. I read this book at least once a year for many years until I lost my copy and found it difficult to find another. I have be hoping that it would be made as an audiobook, and now my hopes I come true.

    Although the story can be a bit convoluted at times, it is always entertaining, usually funny and sometimes a bit ribald. Barth has managed to capture the life of the early 1600's in both England and the Americas, making it real to the reader on every level.

    I just now downloaded it, and have not yet listened to it, but the story itself is incredible and I am sure the narrator will do it justice.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (388)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "The First Heinlein Book I Ever Read"
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    Glory Road is the first Heinlein book I ever read as a kid and it started me on a 45+ year journey in the pursuit of the best of science fiction. Even as a lad, I was highly interested in mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Where Igli went has always been my favorite description of n-dimensional geometry because it is mathematically possible for Oscar to make Igli disappear, even if it is not feasible or practical.

    The journey of the Glory Road fills the imagination with wonderous concepts of what interdimensional travel would be like. It also explains Earth's historical fancination with witches and magic; and where people who have disappeared might have gone.

    The creativity of Heinlein is amongst his best in the creation of Glory Road. The use of his imagination and the power of his words takes you on an adventurous ride where you feel that you are right there with Star and Scar and they battle to save the universes.

    Bronson's reading of this book makes it fun, fast and fantastic. He does an excellent job of taking you where Heinlein wanted to you go on this journey with Star and Scar.

    A must read/listen for any Heinlein fan, as well as any hardcore, or even beginning, sci-fi fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3259)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1471)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Right on the Money!!"
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    As a person initially diagnosed at age 43 with AD/HD and later having had the diagnosis upgraded to low end Asperger's Syndrome, I found Jodi Picoult's book an excellent representation of the life of someone with mild to moderate AS. This book allowed me to explain to my wife, and others, things about my personality that I just could not articulate on my own. Thank you Jodi for providing the words for me.

    The story itself is very well done, providing the perspective from the point of view of each of the main characters, as well as how each deals with Jacob's view of the world through AS eyes. The struggles of the mother and the younger brother (who must act like the older brother) in coping with an environment geared to Jacob's "quirks and foibles" are also well described; as is Jacob's own journey through the "out of kilter" environment he finds himself in.

    Jodi's dealing with the contoversial aspects of how a child can become autistic is well researched and fairly presented as information without judgement as to which theory is "right" and which is "wrong"; but rather explains how a family learns to cope with a sudden change in a child's personality.

    All in all it is an excellant read and highly recommended for anyone who has AS, or who knows or loves someone with AS.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (939)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "A Must Read for All"
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    This book is a "must read" for any educator from pre-k to university professor, as well as any school administrator, school board member or government official involved in the education system.

    Having been "Peter" for much of my life, all I can say is "But there for the Grace of God go I."

    JP has captured not only the essense of what a victim of perpetual bullying feels, hears, thinks and does; she also has effectively presented the side of the parents, the school, the system and the bullies.

    I have listened to this book completely three times and certain parts at least two more times. It speaks to my soul and I have found some peace and comfort for the victim in me by KNOWING that someone out there truly understands what it is like to be a victim like Peter.

    Thank you Jodi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: 30 True Things You Need to Know Now

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gordon Livingston
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Full of things we may know but have not articulated to ourselves, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart is a gentle and generous alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity. For everyone who feels a sense of urgency that the clock ticks and still we aren't the person we'd like to be, it offers solace, guidance, and hope.

    T.L. says: "Not for the"
    "Too Not Subtle"
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    For the most part the book gives good knowledge if you are abole to listen past the rhetoric. The chapter titles are intriquing, to say the least, but the chapter content leaves the reader (listener) lacking. There are parts where he is eloquent and informative to the non-medical listener and other parts that belong in a Journal of Psychiatric Medicine.

    Although the author is a psychiatrist, it is obvious that he has a particular bias which repeatedly apprears throughout the book. This detracts greatly from the listener's enjoyment and ability to take in the important information. For example, it is obvious that he has not properly or fully researched Adult ADD and discounts its viability in society allowing his preconceived notions to show through. Unfortunately, he repeats this type of error throughout the book.

    All in all though, it is a good value for the price, especially if you are prepared to listen to it more than once or even twice to get the entire depth of his original intent.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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