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Houston, TX, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Fabulous story, mediocre narrator"
    Overall

    T.C. Boyle's "Drop City" is a wonderful novel, and one that benefits from being read aloud. The author's command of the language is both masterful and inventive. It is unfortunate that this mischievous, captivating tale is conveyed through a voice both rasping and nasal. (I ended up downloading the audiobook a second time, at a higher quality recording, in hopes this would be ameliorated). In addition, the narrator employs some decidedly odd pronunciations. Granted, T.C. Boyle has an extensive vocabulary - one of the joys of reading his work, in my opinion - but I don't think it is too much to ask that "banal" and "eschew" be pronounced correctly. In spite of all this, I recommend the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Takes King

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gigi Levangie Grazer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Jack Power, the titan of real estate in New York City, decides to divorce his wife, Cynthia, former ballerina and Princess of Park Avenue, in order to marry his mistress, Lara, America's favorite morning news anchor, all hell breaks loose. He's got to come up with a plan, and fast - including finding a suitable boyfriend for his wife so that she will let him go.

    Peter says: "ENJOYED"
    "Hopelessly vapid"
    Overall

    Save your money and look elsewhere for entertainment. This "novel" was a series of cliches. Go for "First Wives Club" or "Snobs" or "People Like Us" or "Scruples". This was beyond awful. Tired plot, two-dimensional characters, and so many luxury brands mentioned, you'd think the author was paid for each product placement. Spare yourself the boredom.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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