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Dennis

ST Louis, MO, USA

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  • 10 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 222 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    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..."
    "Far out Man!!"
    Overall

    T.C Boyle knows of what he writes and Richard Poe has the perfect pitch in his narration of this great novel. Anyone living in the 60's will squirm with embarrassment upon hearing the way we were.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Flann O'Brien
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

    Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator extradinaire"
    "Patience"
    Overall

    Stick with it; this book is surprisingly good,funny very Irish

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1222)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Too wordy"
    Overall

    His research is very interesting and the conclusions are useful but the book is needlessly long (even at 7 hours).
    I'd prefer an abridged version, if there was one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mavis Gallant
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Yuri Rasovsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. They compose a secret history, both intimate and panoramic, of modern times, and offer a kaleidoscopic impression of the world within a world that is Paris.

    Dennis says: "beautifully narrated"
    "beautifully narrated"
    Overall

    This are great stories full of insight, humor, and
    complexity. The narrator, Lorna Raver, is amazing; she can mimic voices of her characters, male or female, with uncanny realism. Highly recommended on all counts.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kingsley Amis
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The Green Man's Maurice Allington is a worldly publican, but haunted. His pub is inhabited by the spirit of Dr Thomas Underhill, the seventeenth-century scholar rumoured to have killed his wife. The local sexton had refused to dig Underhill's grave. And the rector has declined to officiate at his funeral. And there are skeletons in the cupboard of Allington's own domestic affairs, just rattling to get out.

    Dennis says: "Great story,well read"
    "Great story,well read"
    Overall

    Kingsley Amis has written other great books besides "Lucky Jim"; this is one of them.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (206)

    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

    W.Denis says: "Hang in"
    "Great novel beautifully read"
    Overall

    Great novel beautifully read. No one could match Grover Gardner's reading: he makes this difficult novel accessible and a pleasure to hear.
    A "must-hear" for high school and college students assigned this for English lit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Herzog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This week in 1915, Saul Bellow, was born in Lachine, Quebec to parents recently emigrated from Russia. Bellow would go on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976. Herzog, a story of surviving midlife crises and being Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century, is his masterpiece. "

    Phil says: "Wolfram Kandinksy reads"
    "Great story read by a truly mavelous reader"
    Overall

    Great story read by a truly mavelous reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "Funny and well written"
    Overall

    My favorite "listen" in 2004.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Mating Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    When Gussie Fink-Nottle, after a convivial evening with "Catsmeat" Pinbright, was sentenced to 14 days without the option for wading in the fountain at Trafalgar Square, Bertie Wooster saw the red light. But as usual, Bertie's involvement causes further entanglement, which only Jeeves can unravel.

    Noel C. says: "Where has all the Wodehouse gone?"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Having just enjoyed "Carry On Jeeves" by the same reader (on CD), I found this rendition rather dull; the story is not one of Wodehouse's best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Augie March

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Yennta says: "The Great American novel: this is it."
    "Great reading voice"
    Overall

    Unforgettable tour of Chicago and its people in the 20's 30's and 40's.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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