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Gary

Combermere, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (235)

    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"
    "Amazing reportage that approaches high art"
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    Nostalgia, reality, mean streets ... the cumulative sweep and power of this book knocked me out. Dozens of interwoven characters, themes, as challenging as the best of mysteries. How did we wind up in a landscape of fast food and bad vibes? The clues are all here.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8348)
    Performance
    (7533)
    Story
    (7528)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "best audiobook of the year"
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    Grisham's return to Mississippi gothic is top notch, but reader Michael Beck is spectacular. His assorted voices, accents, nuances, tongue-in-cheek asides and seamless story-telling easily eclipses any of the 20 audiobooks from audible over the last two years. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2743)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Mixed bag of amusing leftovers"
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    Any additional comments?

    As any reader of the New Yorker knows, not all of Sedaris' musings prompt nods, snickers or giggles. Several of these pieces seem more diary entries than anything a larger audience might respond to. Publisher: "What haven't we printed yet?" The best of these pieces are performed live to adoring audiences, and work best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (465)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    Anya says: "Some great essays, but a bit repetitive"
    "when does a rant become a screed?"
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    As one who agrees with almost every point Savage makes in his essays, he reads too fast , too loud. Some of his bitchy asides leave a harsh and nasty aftertaste. In print, the essays probably seem more moderate. But then, Savage wants to be anything but moderate. Okay, okay, I get it. Embrace change. Move forward. Let me out of here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brett Martin
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

    Kali says: "Praise TV's third golden age!"
    "inside tv's best writers' rooms"
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    For fans of TV's most remarkable shows of the last decade, this peek inside the factory illuminates how the best sausages are made.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3295)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2597)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "a surprising and intimate autobiography"
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    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Rob Lowe's accomplished storytelling, often expanding personal experiences into larger events and issues.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    His self-effacing humor, remarkable in most "star" autobios.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (415)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "breezy, hilarious tour of DC"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Town the most enjoyable?

    The use of actual events to illustrate the incestuous, incredible vanities at play in the capital.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark Leibovich's informed sarcasm. LOL.


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

    Barrett, who fronts dozens of Audible's best reads, has never been better. I can think of many, many authors who read their own material, who should defer to this pro.


    Any additional comments?

    My fave audiobook of the last 30.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
    • Narrated By Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    What do you do when you can't stop yourself from killing those who you believe are the scum of society? When the inside information you're receiving about your targets is coming from a mysterious source seemingly inside of law enforcement? But more importantly, how do you know if you've gone insane? Diary of a Madman is a suspense-filled, splatterpunk symphony of hardcore violence and sex wrapped in a tight-as-nails noir narrative about loss of self.

    Gary says: "ham-handed gorefest, unlistenable"
    "ham-handed gorefest, unlistenable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The listening sample provided is not representative of the book.


    Has Diary of a Madman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unlikely.


    Any additional comments?

    The single star shown is about one star too high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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