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Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 59 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick

    S Fred says: "wacky and philosophical"
    "Only for those that love Robbins"

    Not one of Robbins better works. The 2nd person narrative perspective is interesting, but there is a reason why it is not used that frequently. Robbin's pulls it off, but the plot and characters of this book are, dare I say, mundane compared to some of Robbins other works. But really the biggest problem with this story is Barry Bostwicks reading. The voices of the lead male (is that Jack Nicholson I hear?) and female are so bizarre and off the mark that it is actually detrimental to understanding the charchters. Overall a very enjoyable story, but i would recommend picking it up in book form.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Pleasant and Predictable"

    Perhaps I was expecting too much, but people told me that Jhumpa Lahiri was a really good writer. i had wanted to listen to her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, but that was not available on Audible at the time I downloaded this. I thought it would be a fine substitute, but I was disappointed.

    The writing is nice and pleasant and easy to get through, but I did not find it captivating or beautiful. The plot was predictable and every event in the book was overly foreshadowed by abrupt changes in tone. The themes focusing on the interaction of name and identity and the unique dilemmas faced by 2nd generation Indian Americans were interesting, but dealt with in such a heavy handed fashion. You never found yourself discovering any ideas in this book. They are essentially just told to you.

    I did enjoy it. It was nice and a good way to pass the time, but it is nothing terribly substantial.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Villa Incognito

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel - a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat.

    J. Houlding says: "More excellent Robbins"
    "Some great sentences, but an incomplete story"

    Many people would argue that Robbins never focuses very much on plot or story, but I have found his stream of consciousness adventures to be some of the most fun, clever and engrossing books that I have read.

    That being said, Villa Incognito was a bit of a dissapointment. This novel follows the same formula as his other books, and it seems that half way through, he got bored with writing another novel about absurdity, gurus, and wahoo and decided to just end it. This really feels like a story that he just got tired of writing and so he tied it together at the end real quick.

    Still, it is Robbins, so you'll find some of the most playful use of English and structure around. I still got a happy fizzy feeling reading this, but with the rapid conclusion of developing plots, the reader is left feeling a bit cheated in the end.

    If you like Robbins and have read his other work. You will definitely enjoy this, but I would recommend reading his other titles first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "great book but a poor reading"

    Wow, Eugenides, fif such a fine job researching this piece, it is one part coming of age tale, one part americna history, and one part medical journal. Even with all the information packed in, the story flows smoothly and easliy. Although not all that life changing or mind expanding, this was an interesting and entertaining novel. The one complaint I have is the narrator, he made every character sound like a 70 year old yenta from the shtetl. I managed to enjoy the story dispite his comic voices, but let us hope this narrator is not allowed to harm more quality works of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "Readers of the world, Relax"

    This was the first audio book I have ever listened to and I couldn't have been more pleased. Robbins' lighthearted take on the world is so refreshing and resonates so deeply in my own head. This story made a 13 hour car ride one of the more enjoyable days of my life. I really loved everything about it. Robbins' clear love of language, the intricit and meandering plot, the philsophies expressed throughout, even the expressive narration (which I was prepared to despise). Everytime I turned this story on, it improved my mood and my day. What more can you ask for?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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