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Lynne

montclair, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Dig this..."
    Overall

    Boyle's vision has typically been too uncomfortably honest for me. Drop City, although excruciatingly embarrassing to a survivor of the days of peace and love, didn't evoke the usual feelings of hopelessness and the lack of any possible redemption and allowed for real insights. I recommend highly this funny and original book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (457)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Fantastic premise!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The City & The City the most enjoyable?

    I read that this genre is called


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (724)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "What a Christmas present!"
    Overall

    Nothing better than some Tiffany Aching in your stocking. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs truly make magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10210)
    Performance
    (5123)
    Story
    (5156)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "His politics only make it better!"
    Overall

    Anyone surprised by King's language hasn't read him before. The comments about the reader are puzzling as he does an excellent job and I often find myself lingering in my car to see what happens. After reading the comments about his political slant I was attuned to it and found he was quite tame and, for this reader, there were many opportunities he missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beginner's Guide to Dream Interpretation: Uncover the Hidden Riches of Your Dreams with Jungian Analyst

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    From five to seven times each night, we dream and glimpse into a reality not normally available to us. Now Jungian psychoanalyst and author Clarissa Pinkola Estes explores the symbols, themes and insights of these letters from our subconscious, with the beginning student in mind.

    Lynne says: "Running with the dream wolves"
    "Running with the dream wolves"
    Overall

    Clarissa describes a way of interpreting dreams using ones own associations instead of those of dream dictionaries- allowing one access to the messages of dreams in a much more direct and authentic manner.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "Not your average serial killer"
    Overall

    A straight forward, plausibly paced, police procedural that, while realistic, was extremely engaging . Mankell's characters are fully developed and he isn't compelled to create a crime so horrific (as most American mystery writers do) that you are never able to see the murderer as a human being. Nice shades of grey. Kurt Wallender reminds me of another favorite- Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1897)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Smart sci-fi"
    Overall

    Sci-fi with an emphasis on sci. No gratuitous plot lines. Complex without confusion, evocative, terrifying (a la Oryx and Crake), engrossing from start to finish. Excellent reader. Bravo Audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11490)
    Performance
    (8355)
    Story
    (8361)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Oooh. Magic noir."
    Overall

    A new genre for me. A great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (2883)
    Story
    (2907)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "New alternative reality"
    Overall

    I've happily just discovered Neil Gaiman and am thrilled by his quirky magic and thoroughly sympathetic, extremely human protagonists. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fieldwork: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mischa Berlinski
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, working for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic American anthropologist has been found dead, a suicide, in the Thai prison where she was serving a 50-year sentence for murder. Motivated first by simple curiosity, then by deeper and more mysterious feelings, Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of her crime.

    Lee says: "WOW WOW WOW"
    "A good"
    Overall

    A look into a fascinating lifestyle. Written in an evocative and informative manner. Confused as to the amount of nonfiction included as the main character and the author seem to be one and the same?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: A Discworld Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned, ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny might have been a witch. But now Granny Aching is dead, it's up to Tiffany to investigate strange happenings.

    Lynne says: "Great"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Another gift from Terry Pratchett! As I walked through my little town I guffawed aloud as I listened. One can't ask for more than that although Pratchett gives you even more. His great intelligence and respect for the reader make him one of my all time favorites.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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