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Eric

Mill Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 6 reviews
  • 194 ratings
  • 569 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen feinstone says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Strident tone of narrator ruins audio experience"
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    Would you try another book from Matthew Pearl and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I listened to the whole thing despite the producer's mistake regarding how it should be read. The entire tone of the book was indignant, strident, grating. However, I was more than interested in the story Pearl had to tell. Plus I learned a lot about the prevailing normatives of the story's time and place. I recommend the book but I think you'd be happier if you read it yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

    I think I've listened to about 200 books and I've only been critical of one other reader who was miscast--a producer's error. I have not listened to any other of Hoye's books--though I see I've purchased one. The mistake could have been the producer's--perhaps Hoye was instructed to read it as he did.


    Do you think The Technologists needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone recommended Pearl to me and I'm glad he did. I look forward to listening to another of his books soon. His plot was engaging and, as I said, his perspective on the birth of technology was informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Paula says: "Profound Narrative of FantisizingTragedy, Regret"
    "TIRESOME"
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    What disappointed you about We Are Not Ourselves?

    This was well reviewed but I don't get what the critics liked about it. Narrow-minded people with narrow-minded lives simplistically described. Literary language? Hardly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An Unnecessary Woman


    What about Mare Winningham’s performance did you like?

    I think this was my first Mare Winningham and I liked everything about her performance. She made the best of a tiresome book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8899)
    Performance
    (8030)
    Story
    (8047)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "An engaging page turner."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Days in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Oscar-winning writer-director Max, whose star is clearly beginning to dim, wakes up the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards lying next to his lover and feeling understandably groggy from the previous evening's festivities. But this is no time for Max to lounge about and chat his way idly through a hangover. There's a houseful of guests to worry about, and they all need attention.

    A User says: "Smiley strikes out"
    "It seemed like an eternity"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not. I read Smiley's Greenlanders, also epically long, and I loved it. But this was a tiresome story about very tiresome people. Maybe it's a "beach read" or a "beach listen."


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Smiley? Why or why not?

    I have tried other of her books, as I said. I know she is well regarded but certainly not for this book.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    The reader was better than the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1420)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "BRUTAL. ENLIGHTENING"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did recommend this book to several people because it deals with, in a just way, some of the cruelest aspects of the settling of America.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrators were great but in this book's case, Phillip Meyer did all the heavy lifting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1697)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1546)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "100% EDUCATIONAL AND ENJOYABLE"
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    If you could sum up The Signature of All Things in three words, what would they be?

    This is a book about family, botany, the (putative) existence of god and a great dog named Roger. I don't have a background in botany so I can't tell you if Gilbert is the expert she appears to be, but I learned a great deal about how the world works and her protagonists's "theories" resonate remarkably and motivate thoughtfulness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Roger the dog but virtually every character in the book was memorably depicted.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to her audiobooks but I have seen most of her performances. She was masterful with this book. I would be happy to listen to her again and will check out what else she has done for Audible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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