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Casey

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Joy Osmanski, Kaleo Griffith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979", a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" find Russell veering into more sinister territory.

    Ryan says: "Stylish modern magic realism"
    "Recommended on NPR - Very cool"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very cool short stories that were recommend on NPR Fresh air. If your looking for "Twilight" go elsewhere. If you are looking for modern cool writing check this out!


    What other book might you compare Vampires in the Lemon Grove to and why?

    Reminded me of George Saunders


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3037)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2838)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "A lot of fun"
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    This book is a lot of fun. If you are a kinda nerdy sci-if fantasy guy and don't expect Dostoyevsky you will really enjoy this. I have been trying a bunch a very serious sci-fi lately and just couldn't get into it, this was quick, funny and just plain fun. I downloaded the 2nd title in this series halfway through this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Dean says: "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"
    "Enjoyable and informative"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The first half the book is really thrilling. Mr. Greenwald gets a little bogged down in the documents 2/3 of the way through and lost me a bit, and I think hearing the documents as opposed to reading them didn't help, but overall I was totally captivated. It was a great follow up to "Citizenfour" the Laura Poitrus movie. I saw the film and wanted more info and this was the perfect companion. I think every senior in high school should read this book so they understand what reporting is about and how not to trust blindly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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