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Liz

Madera, CA United States | Member Since 2011

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie R. Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "*broken record* Footnotes!"
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    I was hesitant about undertaking Infinite Jest as an audio book. I had read half of the book and was finding it difficult to pick it back up and read. I started over with the audio book and I'm glad I did. Having first read half of the book I was able to ease myself into listening to it. I wasn't sure that the epic scale of the "story" would be able to exist as an audio book, but it certainly did. I understand why the footnotes were left out for the sake of the "narrative" but I found it difficult switching back and forth between the print and the audio. I agree with some of the other reviews that the footnotes should exist as a separate audio track to be switched back and forth.

    Despite my frustrations with the footnotes I think this book should be required reading (listening)

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1654)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Author and Subject"
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    I think the subject of this book is made all the more interesting seeing it through the eyes of Jon Ronson, which is exemplified in his performance. This is definitely one of those instances where the author's narration of their own work creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. I highly recommend this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (578)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "I wanted to start this over as soon as I finished"
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    What a delight! I enjoyed every minute of this book. Frances McDormand is absolutely perfect. What a lovely joining of story and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Harding
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

    marcus says: "Breath Taking"
    "Beautiful"
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    The language in this book is truly beautiful. I enjoyed the performance but this is a book that at times I wished I had the physical book in front of my so I could see the beauty of the words on the page.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Amazing"
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    I really enjoy stories about service dogs, so I was inclined to like this before I even started it. It's difficult for me to separate my personal interest sometimes from the merits of whatever book in question but this is one that was an amazing story even without my preexisting service dog fascination.

    What was really remarkable about this book was not the central story of the events of 9/11 (which is inspiring in itself) but the context of Michael Hingson's life before and after that day. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know. I found myself finding ways to bring it up in conversation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (455)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "What a lovely experience"
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    Some books I listen to I find that I wish I had read them instead, this was definitely not one of them. Ruby Dee is marvelous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5380)
    Performance
    (5016)
    Story
    (5011)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Had me at the title"
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    I loved this book based on concept alone. I loved the first half, I liked the second. I enjoyed this book so much I was giddy while listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss. It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is.

    Cori says: "A delightful listen"
    "Holden Caufield travels the world"
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    There were some really fun moments in this story, chasing donkeys and climbing trees, it makes me think of 12 year old boys traveling as adults.

    That immaturity and naive fun gets old though when you are trapped in the angst ridden mind of the main character.

    Dian Graham is not my favorite narrator and I think my annoyance with Will didn't help.

    I enjoyed this book though, I think it's worth listening to, it's just not my favorite Eggers, which I think makes me judge it more harshly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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