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Greenfield, NY, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Well narrated but a bit dry"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Greenblatt and/or Edoardo Ballerini?


    What could Stephen Greenblatt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Weaving in more mystery, interesting anecdotes.

    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    His voice, his emphasis, pronunciations

    Did The Swerve inspire you to do anything?

    I stopped listening about 90 minutes into it.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're a real history buff, this book is a find. If you're just interested in history, but prefer it spiced up with some intrigue, then this may not be the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Subversive: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Goodwillie
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert, David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the 21st century enters its second decade, foreign wars, the lingering recession, and a caustic political environment are taking their toll on Americans. But the party hasn't ended for Aidan Cole and his friends, a band of savvy, if cynical, New York journalists and bloggers who thrive at the intersection of media and celebrity.

    Jerry says: "Did I miss something? Not a 4star book."
    "Did I miss something? Not a 4star book."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Story unfolded quickly.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It hasn't

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Not really. A bit like a made for TV movie. There's a story line but it's not plausible and the characters are fairly shallow.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    They were okay. They were limited by the shallowness of the characters.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    It passed the time. I did finish it. That's why I gave it 2-3 stars rather than less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Joanne says: "Elegantly written spy story"
    "An okay way to get through a long commute"

    Storyline and characters are a bit convoluted. Hard to find a character you can like, which tends to be an important characteristic of a book, for me.

    Despite this it kept me listening and the ending made it worthwhile, all the bad guys got what they deserved.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Irvings very best"

    If there is a meaning to life it's woven into the entire story right up to the end, which is very much a believable surprise. Odd characters as typical of his books but not so odd as to be unreal or annoying. The reading by Barrett was incredible, it makes the book complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "A Must Listen"

    A story of coming of age, the horrors of war, and also of love. Written to be told, and very well told by Perlman. His voices and inflections capture the personalities as Benioff must have intended. One of the best books I've read and the best audiobooks I've listened to yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Beautifully written and beautifully read"

    Just finished listening to this book for the second time. I didn't have the problem others have reported regarding sound quality, perhaps it was the equipment they were using. Atwood's perspectives on life, where it has meaning and where perhaps we expect too much meaning, moved me the second time as much as the first. And Dionne's personification of the characters brought the story to life. One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, and I'm certain will listen to again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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