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Edward Wormuth

Santa Cruz, Ca United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (904)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Stevenson's Magnum Opus"
    Overall

    "Quicksilver" is but book one of "The Baroque Cycle", a story of multiple intrigues across social, financial, scientific, political and alchemical happenings centered in England, but encompassing all parts of the world in 1760s through the early 1800s. To be more specific than to say it is eclectic would take more time than I am willing to spend on this recommendation. Suffice it to say that I have it in hard bound 1st editions, in my Kindle and originally read it in a "Palm". Listening to it is a joy and reveals additional nuance that I didn't pick up in my 1st two readings. I give this series the highest rating of any book or series of books I have ever read.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Darwin8u says: "Absurd Gout of Hallelucinationatory Crazy"
    "Mr. Descriptor takes on disaffected loner"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was not aware of the work of Cormac MaCarthy before acquiring this audio book, but now know he is an established figure in the literary world with works used for television and movies. Hie descriptions of every minute detail are quite evocative and I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends [many of whom were amazed I had not heard of him before]


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suttree...he is the central character and a study in a disaffected man on the fringes of society with a moral compass, albeit a semi-hidden and rudimentary one who affects all the other characters, but only negligibly.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Harrogate


    Who was the most memorable character of Suttree and why?

    Harrogate --he befriends him, possibly because this man really needs someone to be his friend, loose cannon that he is.


    Any additional comments?

    The feel of the story to me evokes Camus and Pinter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "great story, well told"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Steppenwolf again? Why?

    yes, but I won't wait the 40 plus years it has been since I 1st read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Holler


    Which character – as performed by Peter Weller – was your favorite?

    Harry Holler


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, it is too dense for taking in all in one dose. I preferred listening in several installments


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot to reflect on in this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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