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E. Eggen

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Pensacola, FL United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (735)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Social and Environmental Drama"
    Overall

    Timothy Egan is an excellent writer. Based on interviews and journals, this narrative is extremely well done. He weaves a story from actual events at least as well as Stephen Ambrose (and I mean that has high praise).

    On the one hand it is a story of environmental disaster, part natural and part man-made. It underscores Mr. Egan's other work on the New West. On that topic I recommend his book "Lasso the Wind."

    On the other hand it is a story of social crisis, described by people who lived through it. Mr. Egan has done U.S. history a service by providing this late-day retelling of this epic tale.

    This nonfiction audio book has been as engrossing a listen and many of my favorite fiction audio books. I strongly recommend that you buy and listen to it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Five Skies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ron Carlson
    • Narrated By Ron Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los Angeles, the giant, silent Arthur Key drifts into work as a carpenter in southern Idaho. There he is hired, along with the shiftless and charming Ronnie Panelli, to build a stunt ramp beside a cavernous void. The two will be led by Darwin Gallegos, the foreman of the local ranch, who is filled with a primeval rage at God, at man, at life.

    Andrew says: "A first-rate audio experience."
    "An Excellent Story"
    Overall

    This is an excellent story told from a low-key male perspective. It reminds me of Cormac McCarthy's work, but without the surfeit of violence. The author's reading of the story provides a calm, yet well-paced progression of the tale and the development of the characters. Just as you would expect in dealing with men, you eventually know much of their background stories, but they are played out in a natural manner as the story progresses and the characters get to know and trust each other.

    The main character, Arthur Key, opines early in the story that "someone is going to die here." You don't know who it will be and it doesn't dominate the story, but its there as an undercurrent to both the physical activity and to the interactions of the three main characters with others.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (398)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "A Morality Play"
    Overall

    This is an excellent mystery, especially considering no one is killed. This is a morality play in an amoral/immoral world. There is a moral character, but it is certainly not the narrator (although possibly he become one in the end--Finder leaves you hanging). In my opinion, the primary moral character is the narrator's bartender/paralegal buddy. He's the one who points out that the primary character had a choice. A possible secondary moral character is the ex-con who takes care of narrator's dying dad.
    Its an interesting listen. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dana Vachon
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tommy Quinn has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J. S. Spenser, as well as the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York's oldest moneyed families. As he travels from the most exclusive ballrooms to the stuffiest boardrooms, from the golf links to the bedrooms of Park Avenue - and from the debauched yacht of a Mexican billionaire to the Ritalin-strewn dorm room of his younger brother - he finds that the job and the girl are not what they once seemed.

    Kent says: "Stupid and unbelievable"
    "Its Satire, Folks"
    Overall

    This book is a wonderful piece of satire. Almost every character, starting with the narrator, is forgetable and absurd. The story barely hangs together, but it grows on you as you go along.

    View the title as meaning about relationships, rather than about finance (though the narrator is a fledgling investment banker).

    Richard Thorn is a hoot. The section with the couple in the restaurant is memorable. So is the gala in the MOMA garden. So is the scene on Carlos Slim's yacht, followed by the encounter with "Jesus" the park ranger.

    Get the idea? Its a satire, and worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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