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Frank

Stone Mountain, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (559)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Just a Bore"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patti Smith?

    Anybody but her


    Any additional comments?

    I found this account narcissistic, self-serving and solipsistic. I too lived through this era, and while I enjoyed the references to the events and people of the 60's and 70's I couldn't wait for this book to end. Her performance was great for insomniacs who want to be lulled to sleep, but it made for an incredibly long listen. I can't imagine how this was awarded the National Book Award. Maybe the committee was impressed by all her references to the great artists and her never ending name dropping of the great performers of this era.

    I really wanted to like this book and enjoyed it for awhile, but by the end I was like, OK Robert, die, so that we can turn this thing off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Roth at his best!"
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    Although a little slow to start, this is one of the most compelling novels I have ever listened to. Well deserving of the Pulitzer Prize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4194)
    Performance
    (3834)
    Story
    (3835)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "All that sparkles is not Goldfinch"
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    According to the NYTimes Book Review Ms. Tratt waited 10 years between books. Thank God it wasn't 20 or it would have been 64 hours of wasted time. If I hadn't had a lot of free time on my hands, I never would have made it through this. Even so I almost gave up multiple times. As another reviewer pointed out, there are entire sections of this missive that could have been deleted entirely.

    Even a bad book usually has a few redeeming qualities, memorable quotes or characters. This book had none of the above. Save your credits unless you have been sentenced to life in prison and this is the only book they let you have access to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amanda Knox
    • Narrated By Amanda Knox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

    Brock says: "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"
    "Wow"
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    What a compelling story. I hope Amamda reads these reviews because I just want to tell her that her story moved me in a way many books have not. Having a daughter myself I can appreciate the anguish her family and friends must have gone through. The effect of her reading this herself just added enormously to the overall impression of the book. Kudos Kid, and have a great life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (73)

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams.

    Mary Shore says: "A very smart thriller, very well read."
    "Wow"
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    As someone who spent 5 years working in the Middle East this book perfectly reflects the Arab world and Muslim culture. It also captures the failure of the average American to have any understanding of the complexity of these tribal societies. A real eye opener.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "Great premise, way too long."
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    The premise of the plot is promising, but he spends way too much time in the weeds.

    Not being an expert on the Koran, I'm not sure why Iraq sentenced Rusdie to death for the publication of this book. There are a lot of clues along the way, but the way is too long and convoluted. It starts off very promising, but ends with a whimper. If I were not driving Bus in Alaska and have a lot of downtime for listening I never would have listened to the whole thing.

    Save your credit.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16038)
    Performance
    (14197)
    Story
    (14144)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Pedestrian at Best"
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    The only reason I got this book was because the NY Times named it one of the best books of 2011. What were they thinking? I've never been a big Stephen King fan, but thought I'd give it a try. Bad use of a credit.

    The premise is great, and the book starts off well, but slips into a dreary listen when he has those two years to kill before Oswald shows up. And he does kill them and takes us along for the ride. I actually felt sorry for the Mr. Wasson and his narration. I'm not sure how he kept from falling asleep. With so little to work with his performance becomes sub-par as well. Somehow I made it through the second 8 hours, but had to give up shortly into the third download. I suppose I'll fast forward to the end and see if anything interesting happens, but I know the ending anyway.

    Save your money on this clinker.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (900)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Unusual combination of Baseball and Gay themes."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Although this was a greatly written book and I did enjoy listening to it, I couldn't decide if the Author wanted us to go away with a better understanding of baseball or the Gay experience. I am not a homophobe, but I could have done without some of the more graphic gay scenes. At times it seems that he couldn't wait to get away from the baseball episodes so that he could immerse us back into the gay experience. Loved the ending though and did give it 4 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3189)
    Performance
    (2157)
    Story
    (2159)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Long, but worth it"
    Overall

    If you weren't a John Irving fan before, you will be after listening to this book. It is long and sometimes tedious (listening to the voice of Owen can get on one's nerves) but in my opinion it is a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5705)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1938)

    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!"
    "Exhilirating Journey"
    Overall

    An incredible journey into places and events you have rarely if ever experienced. An unforgettable foray into a rare world of the hermaphrodite. An excellent read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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