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Brian

PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1258)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Suzn F says: "Big Brother Employer"
    "Terribly over-simplistic."
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    While I can certainly see a niche for this story, I felt that the lack of contrary characters and the broad strokes that paint most of the population did not ring true in any sense. I often caught myself rolling my eyes at some of the subplots and exploits of the heroine. There is a story to be told, but it needs more flesh on its bones, and a much richer view of the human backdrop as opposed to the mindless sheep it purports us all to be.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
    "A performance worthy of the material. Brilliant!"
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    While I had seen the film adaptation of this book, it pales in comparison to the book. The narrator could not have been better as her tone and subtleties very much lent themselves to the storyline.

    Although I knew the ending going in, I still kept hoping for a different outcome. That is how engrossing this experience was for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amanda Filipacchi
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society's standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams - a man who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb's brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves.

    Rose says: "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful..."
    "Shockingly bad - I could not finish"
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    I was hoping for an engaging romp based on the book description, but what I got was so insipid and poorly written that I finally had to shut it off and delete it. An idiotic and unbelievable plot line coupled with characters so shallow and odious that it was near torture to continue listening. This author must have had some very bad experiences with men for her to write this kind of dreck. Ugh!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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