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RKM

RKM

Scottsdale, AZ, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Sacred: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    Dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaroto find his missing daughter. Grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor.

    RKM says: "A pure page-turner"
    "A pure page-turner"
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    It starts off with a thinly veiled parody of scientology, but you will never anticipate the plot twists Lehane has in store for you. Lehane is a gifted writer who just happens to write mystery/thrillers. I judge my audible purchases by the ones that force me to take detours from my driving destination in order to listen a bit more. Or force me to stay on the treadmill a few minutes longer. This one did that. Repeatedly. Davis does an excellent job with the narration. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (404)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A read that continues to burn"
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    Truly "A Great American Novel." The story itself is simple but the narrative complexity is extraordinary. Search around for some critical interpretations and you will read coherent takes that are absolutely contradictory. Conservative backlash vs. the militant 60s ethos? Or an indictment of the American Dream itself? Have at it! Here's what Roth does: He's the author, of course. But the "author" in the narrative is -- again -- his alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman. Zuckerman is writing about "Swede" Levov, but he's not telling Levov's actual story because he failed to get it during a chance, ultimately superficial encounter. He's telling his fictionalized version of it, cobbled together with very little research and a conscious cutting out of the actual facts of Levov's "real" later life. He then leaves his ending open to make the very point that hangs over the text: Reliable narration, how we get people "wrong," how knowing people is impossible, how trying to control or even understand one's life is often impossible.

    How has this man not won the Nobel Prize?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4771)
    Performance
    (2885)
    Story
    (2886)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Horrors of war skillfully depicted"
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    This is a powerful, meaningful book by an author seemingly with no literary aspirations beyond being heard on Vietnam, a war he served in with distinction. It took him over 30 years to finish and find a publisher. This book has flesh, blood and soul. It will enrapture you , enrage you and engage you long after you put it down, either during or after reading.

    One of the things I tend to do after I enjoy a book is read the bad reviews -- 1 star, etc -- on Amazon. Often, it's for comedic purposes -- someone saying Dickens is boring and too long or Cormac McCarthy is depressing or someone saying they figured out "Gone Girl" 10 pages in. You know: Ha Ha.

    The absurdity of the bad reviews here actually bothered me. Hey, I get it that not everyone likes stories that aren't uplifting. Or some folks don't like cussing. Or some are so suffused with their politics -- 'MERICA IS ALWAYS AWESOME! -- that they can't enjoy this book, just as they can't be educated on science, history and reality.

    I get it. It's just that there is so much passionate seriousness here that you'd wish the bumpkins could be self-aware enough to sit this one out.

    My previous "favorite" - truly a trite term - Vietnam novel was "Going After Cacciato," but this one, a straightforward Point A to Point B narrative, completely engaged me with a diverse group of men trying to negotiate and survive circumstances that were equally horrific and physically taxing as socially complex.

    It's not an anti-Marine or anti-America or even an anti-war novel. It does become an anti-Vietnam War novel if you decide to extrapolate on the experiences Mellas and his fellow combatants, and that's not an unreasonable thing to do.

    But what this book does is airlift you into an exotic and, yes, horrifying experience, thereby expanding your range of understanding. When you finish the book, you will be changed by the knowledge.

    And, by the way, Bronson Pinchot's sober, authoritative and pitch-perfect narration is outstanding... if you know who he's played as an actor, that will bring a smile to your fact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29027)
    Performance
    (25623)
    Story
    (25696)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A writer spreads her wings, soars"
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    This book will appeal to three sorts of people: 1. People who are married; 2. People who like good writing; 3. People who like twisting plots they don't see coming.

    Know what this book did to me? It had me thinking about it when I was doing other things. And not just the old looking for holes in the mystery.

    Lots of folks love this book but don't like the ending. I actually think the ending is incredibly strong, perfect for the sort of wild ride the book takes you on.

    And there's just a whiff of suggestion we might hear from these characters again.

    Further, I read Flynn's first two books and did this one on audio. I think the audio experience here is superior to reading the book, and I'd rarely say that. The male and female narrators do a nice job. Their voices add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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