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meg

meg

Knoxville, TN | Member Since 2008

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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1325)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Relax, no harm done to JC"
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    What did you love best about Zealot?

    I liked that the author, Reza Aslan, did not resort to any kind of sensationalism but only stuck to the history of Jesus Christ and his followers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a "pleasure" read but a very informative history so there are no "characters", only real people during very, very difficult times.


    What does Reza Aslan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author has an excellent reading voice. His complete submersion and obvious knowledge of his subject matter held me in a way just reading the book would not have.


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

    There was not just one moment. The whole book moved me deeply. Understanding how life was so long ago helped me to understand the reasons for the events that took place.


    Any additional comments?

    Many people will not read this book because they may feel this author may be trying to tear down their faith and what they believe the truth to be. I say, don't be afraid. Read it. You will come away with your faith intact and deeper but in a more realistic way. The true path Jesus would want you on is plainly revealed to you in this book. This truth will be clear to the thinking Christian as well as the thinking Muslim. You will not have to rely so much on "hope" and "faith" with so much secret doubt.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1406)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "A pinch from that, a pinch from this."
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    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    I liked the author's character, Paige Mahoney.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Samantha Shannon? Why or why not?

    I guess I must pass. There are too many great books to read and too little time. Through this entire book, I kept thinking of Suzanne Collins', "The Hunger Games".


    What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s performance?

    Only one word needed. Fine.


    Could you see The Bone Season being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    My regrets to this author, but the competition is keen in the writing world and if the reader is constantly reminded of another author's work while reading your work, then you have missed the mark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1231)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Two "Son" books out at same time"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    The narrators and the very, very interesting story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part of this story was the description of life and customs within the Native American tribe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many of the scenes in this book are very compelling. So compelling in fact that it is going to make it difficult to know what to leave out when the HBO series is made, which I am only hoping it will be. It is much too big a story for a single motion picture to do it justice.


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

    For me when a book is so good one hates to put it down, I tend to slow things down so as not to finish it too quickly. Great stories like this are just not being written every day. One look at any bestseller list reveals this truth.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen. Go slow. Don't let the three intertwining stories confuse you. It will all come together in the end just beautifully. Don't confuse this book with, "& Sons: A Novel" by David Gilbert which recently came out and is getting a great deal of attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2195)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Hard Listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love to listen to books. However this book was difficult to listen to. The "readers" mostly just read the work with some but very little "inflection". Due to many characters, difficult names and unfamiliar places I found this book very hard to understand what was going on and who was saying or doing what. I got the basic gist of the story, but will have to "read" the book to truly understand it. I wish more talented readers had been chosen to read this wonderful story.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Different narrators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1957)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (791)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "White Tigers Are So Rare These Days"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The White Tiger to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare The White Tiger to and why?

    I have never read a book quite like this one.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is a very gifted reader. I look forward to listening to more of his work.


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

    I laughed and felt some sadness too.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so impressed with the great skill of this author, Adiga. He has woven such a clever tale of truth and wisdom about the working poor. In a very clever way, Mr. Adiga has taught us something while he entertained us with this wonderful story. This book is a true gift of pleasure and insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel.

    meg says: "Great And Greatly Over My Head"
    "Great And Greatly Over My Head"
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    What did you love best about The Third Reich?

    Wondering what was going to happen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all too weird to like.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Many. Mr. Vance's work is always perfect.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This author is such a good writer. What he does is similar to slight of hand. I always came back to listen, just knowing that something really major was just about to happen. Even though it never did, I actually came away feeling as though I'd just listened to a really great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (596)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "All Most Perfect"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Leftovers to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    did not have a favorite


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first time


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

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book. It kept my attention until the end when I felt as though the author had gotten tired of writing and just ended, kind of taking the easy way out. The ending left me feeling like a leftover.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Reality at its best."
    Overall

    This is my first Zadie Smith novel. "On Beauty" is all about real people with real lives, emotions and messes to fix or live with. This author seems to understand men and their poor judgement when it comes to pussy. Zadie Smith understands how very large women feel about their bodies and how hard they try to squelch the feelings of unattractiveness. This is a very rich novel filled with laugh-out-loud humor and deep pain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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