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Richard

St Louis, MO, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (676)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Fun Journey, but Lack of Resolution"
    Overall

    3.5 stars. If you like Murakami, you will probably enjoy this. If you have not yet read a Murakami novel, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one -- it might prevent you from reading some of the most fun and engaging literature of modern times. Try Kafka on the Shore, perhaps.

    Although generally engaging (I really did enjoy listening to the book), there are too many subplots that aren't adequately resolved, which left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied when I finished the book.

    I've read elswhere that the original Japanese version was "stripped down" for the English translation as it was too long, and as a result, certain storylines being cut short. This is plausible.

    The narrator is excellent.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

    On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine.

    Kevin says: "Its what you expect, and thats not a bad thing."
    "terrible writing"
    Overall

    the author uses too many adjectives. every gaze must be "weary," etc. i found it too distracting to listen to.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Outrageous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tim Scott
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "Don't you hate it when this happens?" That's what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It's all the thieves who stole his house left behind. And as if that weren't bad enough, a saleswoman named Caroline E61 drops from the sky to sell him a set of encyclopedias and won't take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse?

    Rebel says: "A Fantastic Thrill Ride"
    "Brilliant Satire"
    Overall

    This is a very funny book. However, I don't think Scott should be compared to Adams and Pratchett as much as he is. This is a comic novel, but Scott's style is more surreal than Adams and Pratchett's. I was occasionally reminded of Kafka by the unexpectedness of the events.

    I don't think that only English authors can write funny novels. Vonnegut did okay, and he was from Indianapolis.

    I also enjoyed the reader. The book is set in Santa Cruz, and the protaganist and his buddies are surfers. The reader did a great job of conveying the laid back attitude of the central California beach crowd.

    Try this book out if you're looking for a funny adventure in a bizarrely imagined, not-too-distant future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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