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PickAx Girl

Northern Minnesota | Member Since 2006

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (715)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Still works"
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    Though the characters and their circumstances are a bit cliché, Tom Wolfe's observations have a real bite and still inform the current events of today, God help us... Listening to Joe Barret read is a marvel--loved his work on Owen Meany and this is even better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What's Bred in the Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis' life were not always what they seemed. This wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown is told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies' wit and wisdom.

    Nancy says: "More Fabulous Robertson Daview"
    "Better than the written word"
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    I've been trying to read the Cornish Trilogy for years, but always got bogged down with the complex prose. Frederick Davidson (the reader) added both "voice" and cadence to the prose that truly highlighted the wit and talent of the author and made for a most enjoyable listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • So Brave, Young, and Handsome

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Leif Enger
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself.

    cjwheeler says: "Good, Enjoyable"
    "Great Company on the Road"
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    A wonderful story and an excellent reader(Dan Woren) made a 9 hour road trip seem like a little vacation in itself. We arrived at our destination with 15 minutes left in the novel and drove round and round until it was finished. Enjoyed the historical setting and loved the characters-especially Charlie Siringo. Syntax and dialogue is somewhat reminiscent of an episode from the HBO series "Deadwood", and adds to the atmosphere of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (450)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Good Choice when multi-tasking"
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    More than once I tried to read this book but couldn't get past the one-dimensional characters and the improbable plot. Then came the Great Financial Crisis of '08 and news accounts of Alan Greenspan's devotion to Ayn Rand, so thought it was worth another try. I listened about an hour-at-a-time during evening dog-walks and it took a few months to get through it, but it was both an enjoyable and worthwhile effort that allowed me to understand the ideological attraction and the historical irony of the story. Best of all, when Rand gets into her frequent "rant mode", I could let my mind wander without losing any continuity. Christopher Hurt does an admirable job of bringing life to the characters and is especially good with the snivelers and whiners.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1650)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Lose track of time"
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    The writing is stylistically similar to "Everything is Illuminated", though is more grounded in reality rather than fantasy. Jonathan Safran Foer has an amazingly fertile imagination, and these readers make his words sing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6472)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2623)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "compelling story, great listen"
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    The perfect combo, a compelling story on both a personal and historical level that is brought to life by a wonderful voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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