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Melissa

Hoffman Estates, IL | Member Since 2006

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  • Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Lycett
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007.

    Melissa says: "Great book, unlistenable audiobook"
    "Great book, unlistenable audiobook"
    Overall

    This biography of Fleming is a well written and well read book, but the audio production quality is very poor. Often the loudness of the reading drops suddenly, causing you to have to turn up the volume and be deafened when the normal loudness returns, or the treble drops out and you're left trying hard to understand what little you can make out from the bass.

    Pass on this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (103)

    Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

    Dean says: "It is worth the read."
    "A Tedious Downward Step for Listners"
    Overall

    I've been a big fan of Chuck Palahniuk's work since reading Lullaby and seeing Fight Club but no longer. After listening to his previous book Rant and now Snuff I can now attest that Chuck Palahniuk has lost it. What he had in his early books (let's say anything before Haunted) is gone now. What we're left with is an author who feels his only remaining gift is his ability to shock, and that's a shame.

    Early Chuck Palahniuk books had characters in them. Characters that did shocking things, sure, but you cared about them. In this book you never really care because each chapter is more outrageous that the previous one; and that's all the book has to offer. The characters are all one dimensional shells.

    Take a pass on this book and find something good to listen to.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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