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Aaron

Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, creates a compelling reality in this tale about an illiterate America in the not-too-distant future. Lenny Abramov may just be penning the world’s last diary. Which is good, because while falling in love with a rather unpleasant woman and witnessing the fall of a great empire, Lenny has a lot to write about.

    Ryan says: "Dystopia Now"
    "Witty, Frustrating, Heartbreaking."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but with caveats. I love; satire, sciency fiction, distopian visions of the future, and apocalyptic scenarios. I'm also not afraid of wading through some pretty depressing and unrelenting stories. If that is you than this story might be right up your ally. P.S. His characters were a little two dimensional but I wouldn't get hung up on that, the story is really good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite aspect of the story was the ideas about life extension, death, and wealth. He did an excellent job of delving into the realities a society might face when approaching the real possibility of technology that can increase lifespan. (I mean technically we're already there with respect to increasing lifespans across the world.)


    Have you listened to any of Ali Ahn and Adam Grupper ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener to these readers. The experience was without any flaws that I can recall.


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

    This story occasionally made me feel hopeless and angry. It is certainly not uplifting, but few stories with an ounce of truth are.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1215)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Complicated, Beautiful, and Enlightening"
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    Performance
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    What did you love best about Freedom?

    I loved that this story was about something as mundane as normal peoples lives, and yet was so insightful and beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was often like a mirror that forced me to look at and think about my own life, my motivations, lies I tell myself, and the compromises I have made.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    As with all good readers, it only took a few minutes before he became the narrative voice in my head that mimics the one shows up when I'm reading text.


    If you could rename Freedom, what would you call it?

    No rename, Freedom is intrinsic to every part of the story and the title is so simple that reading this book gives that word new meaning in the context of everyday life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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