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MrGee

a book, music and film lover

Vancouver, BC | Member Since 2005

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  • The Metaphysical Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Louis Menand
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Hardly a club in the conventional sense, the organization referred to in the title of this superb literary hybrid (part history, part biography, part philosophy) consisted of four members and probably existed for less than nine months.

    Victoria says: "The Great American Experiment"
    "Entertaining overview"
    Overall

    OK, "entertaining" is relative for any history of philosophy, but this book does a decent job of weaving together the lives and ideas of American thinkers at a critical period of American philosophy. The narrative flowed well (most of the time), and shed some light on both the personalities and ideas of these philosophers. I hadn't known much about Oliver Wendell Holme's life, and I found that section particularly interesting.

    A good selection if you're looking for an enjoyable overview. Not so good if you're looking for in-depth understanding of these men's ideas (but in that case, you probably wouldn't go to a audio book summary anyway).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Matt Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West". As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty", the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

    Brian says: "nicely written, nicely read"
    "audio books at their best"
    Overall

    This is a perfect combination of story and delivery. Matt Dillon captures the mood of the story and the character of the voices without going overboard into a radio drama. It's been several decade since I last read "On the Road", and this was a brilliant way for me to re-visit the book (and the era!).

    Listening to this book also led to some interesting conversation about the times w/ my teenaged old daughter, who is now reading the book for her first time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lake Wobegon Days

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Garrison Keillor is the consummate storyteller, gifted with the rare ability, both in print and in performance, to hold an audience spellbound with his tales of ordinary people whose lives contain extraordinary moments of humor, tenderness, and grace. This exclusive recording of Garrison Keillor reading a carefully edited abridgement of the book also includes a few segments taken from live performances recorded during a fundraising tour for public radio stations in 1985.

    MrGee says: "A great shot of Garrison Keillor..."
    "A great shot of Garrison Keillor..."
    Overall

    I loved this book when I first read it years ago, I love listening to Keillor's voice on the radio, and this is the perfect combo. This was a great way to lighten my day to and from work.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3667)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (601)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Laughed so hard almost had to pull over"
    Overall

    From the "welcome non-readers..." introduction to the hilarious guest voices, it is clear that this audiobook got well-spent extra attention in production. Based on politics, people will either love or hate this book. People who love the United States for the principles on which was founded will love it. People who prefer to disregard those principles in favor of knee-jerk force based on random, local and temporary political expediency will probably think that this book is treason.

    And the occasional "perspective" from Canada was great...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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