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los angeles, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
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  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • I Rant, Therefore I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Miller
    • Narrated By Dennis Miller

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Comedy Album
    Once again there's good news for those of us who rage at the evening news, shake our heads at Washington's business-as-usual, or watch as politicians carom helplessly between political crises and sex scandals: Dennis Miller is back performing his fourth installment of hilarious observations, I Rant, Therefore I Am. More from Miller.

    zephyr451 says: "Too many rants..."
    "sad, sophmoric, self serving"

    unless you like to hear a comic telling bad jokes and then laughing at them--since nobody else does--don't bother.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Why must the author also read?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Kingsolver's books, but I wish she would let an actor read them. She is a fantastic writer, but aside from her memoir, why not let the stories be even more enhanced by a professional reader? Someone who can do male/female, young/old; someone who can transport and allow the listener to get completely transported into the story. I found myself often distracted by this; especially the attempts to do the Caribbean accent. I mean, she is fine, but why not have a great actor read a great book?

    What did you like best about this story?

    Issues of class, culture, the environment.

    What didn’t you like about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    She isn't a professional reader; I wish she would let others read her books. It is fine to hear at a reading in a bookstore, but her voice just really bugged me. I only finished because I became wrapped up in the story, she is a great writer.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    Michale says: "Haunting"
    "couldn't finish it"
    What disappointed you about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    cardboard characters

    Has A Hunger for the Infinite turned you off from other books in this genre?


    What didn’t you like about Robin Sachs’s performance?

    trying to work with such mediocre material wasn't a help.

    What character would you cut from A Hunger for the Infinite?

    ummm, can we start with the protagonist?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Light of Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Graham Swift
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm

    The author takes us inside George Webb's -a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator- mind. For one day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thoughts reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall as a cop; the ease with which he has turned his police skills to the demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in a league with a client, a woman he has come to love.

    Mike says: "A wordsmith no doubt."
    "The Light of Day"

    Wonderfully written and perfectly delivered in audio format, this is one of my Top 5 purchases ever. Witty, literate, and original in style and organization, this may not be suitable for those who prefer a stock plot, cardboard characters, and the reliable denouement at page 347 of a 375-page novel. This is short, exacting, delightfully crafted. There are few mystery/crime novels I'd read twice--and even fewer I'd listen to twice--but The Light of Day is entertaining on far more levels than the standard thriller/killer/legal tripe...The word play is clever, the lead character sympathetic/flawed/aware, and the flash-back/stream-of-consciousness thread is 100% seductive.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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