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David S. Whitney

Port Townsend, WA, US | Member Since 2008

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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (127)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "A great book in print brought to life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Sometimes a Great Notion in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Northwest tale


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank. He was the hero but also an antihero. Kesey brought out his inner thoughts and
    downplayed the obvious, i.e. the outer action. He was capable of great love, for his
    father, Viv, and Joe Ben but had some trouble expressing this love.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Road. No Country for Old Men. All of them have been well done but
    the narrator had more voices in this novel and did all of them extremely well.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sometimes a Great Notion and why?

    Joe Ben. He was the guy we'd all like to have as a friend. Irrepressible joy and
    boundless energy. He wouldn't hurt anyone on purpose. A man who lived his
    deep faith but was worldly in every respect.


    Any additional comments?

    As happened when I read this book 45 years ago in print, I did not want this audiobook
    to end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Man in Full

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By David Ogden Stiers
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era - and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now Wolfe is back with a pitch-perfect, coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and woolly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium.

    Casey says: "Not A Book In Full"
    "A man in transformation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tom Wolfe loves to find a man at the top of his game and show us once
    again thathubris and egocentricitiy can bring anyone down. Often,
    however, there is a form ofrebirth, with a glimmer of hope that all was for the best. During the journey we meet interesting characters and unusual situations. He is a master of bringing together multiple subplots. I had originally read a Man in Full unabridged. As it had been awhile I purchased this abridged audio version. The contraction was well done. The narration was superb.While being very entertaining, the listener also learns much
    about a unique major American City.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Has entered my favorite list"
    Overall

    For many years I have held Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion"
    to be my favorite novel. Lonesome Dove was a close second.
    Empire Falls has just moved into first or second place, I'm not sure which. The narration too was outstanding. I'm now looking for the
    next Russo book to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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