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Annie

Buellton, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Broom of the System: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (73)

    At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home.

    Darwin8u says: "Evidence I WASTED my College years."
    "Awk!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Broom of the System the most enjoyable?

    Robert Petkoff did a spectacular job. I even liked the singing. Wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That it lingers like one big long scene in my mind.


    If you could take any character from The Broom of the System out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The author, may he rest in peace.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1756)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1446)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "I loved it well enough to endure the reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Marriage Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitchell, who is most like me.


    What didn’t you like about David Pittu’s performance?

    When male readers do prissy for every female voice it makes me want to spit.


    If you could take any character from The Marriage Plot out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Nobel Prize winner.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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