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Ann E. Sherman

USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Annette Bening
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.

    january says: "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    "Unfinished"
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    This is an interesting little introduction. It's just a shame that she never got around to actually writing the book. As it is, this is deeply unsatisfying - just a snippet.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1637)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Connie says: "Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects"
    "Tedious and gimmicky; Thou art God, do you grok?"
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    The first part of this book is great. But about the time that the orgies start, it gets preachy and repetitive and annoying. The sex isn’t described in detail – the actual details are mostly about someone’s clothes instantly vanishing (many, many, many, many times, long after this trick gets old), and about how it’s a bringing closer to share yourself with your water brothers – but the book really goes downhill once Mike is initiated and takes off with Jill. There was a plot before then, a good one, but the rest of the book is slogans. Waiting is. It’s a goodness. Do you grok? Thou art God. You grok, Jubal, you always have. Waiting is. I grok, but not in fullness. Thou art God. Jill is God. I am God. Sex is a goodness. It’s a closeness. Thou art God. Do you grok? I grok. Share water, brother.

    The best character was Jubal, but even his narrow-minded preaching got old and tedious. It was not a goodness, do you grok? But then, waiting is.

    How could this book full of cheap gimmicks have become a classic? I suppose because it’s all very 1960s, obsessed with group sex/free love/orgies as the one great goodness in the world, do you grok? But of course you could never enjoy group sex with someone unless you first shared water. It’s a goodness. Thou art God. Waiting is.

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