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Scott Vann

California, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Outstanding and Funny"
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    What does David Rakoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to Rakoff made the book feel much more intimate and real. I don't think I would have read his cancer story the way he reads it, and it was touching, sad, and funny all at the same time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If you know David Rakoff's story, and are aware of his recent death, the book is heartbreaking and also a celebration of a great talent. Having heard him on This American Life many times, listening to this book was a great tribute to an amazing talent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (414)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Good but Last Chapter is Mind Boggling"
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    Would you try another book from Sam Harris and/or Brian Emerson?

    Probably not. Sam Harris' writing style is a bit too overloaded with hyperbole for my tastes. I've been an atheist a long time, and I agree with many of his premises in this book, but I think he makes a few logical leaps that are too far, and then brags about having proved his point. Then the whole final chapter with the rationalization for mysticism just kinda put this on my no thanks list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Dumb. The last chapter is dumb, it is self contradictory, and is insulting to rational free thinking people who do not have a desire for any form of religion or mysticism.


    Do you think The End of Faith needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, at some point Sam Harris needs to apologize for going off the deep end in this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2616)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1340)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Bubblegum for Your Brain"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you're capable of turning of the thinking part of your brain, and you can tolerate the silliness that abounds in this book, it was actually fairly enjoyable.


    Was 61 Hours worth the listening time?

    I used it to pass time in traffic on the drive home from work. It did it's job in that I was kept entertained and had fun with the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (967)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Will make you wish you had less ... BRAINS!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women who like romantic comedies, people who liked Romeo and Juliette.


    Has Warm Bodies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am still crazy about zombie stories, but this one wasn't my cup of tea.


    What character would you cut from Warm Bodies?

    Honestly, Julie is a prop. We never really learn anything meaningful about her as a character, or what is so special about her that she drive's R's recovery. Really, her dead boyfriend has more to say and is a more interesting character. Julie is just a run of the mill post apocalyptic teenager caricature of Juliette from Romeo and Juliette. I think the whole R&J thing was a prop that the author used to carry a unique idea, but ultimately it falls flat.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1012)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Great book, probably better listened to than read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a great character driven drama set in a post apocalyptic world that is utterly believable. The author wrote this as if it were poetry, and poetry plays large in the pace of the book and the ultimate outcome of the story. Lots and lots of people have complained that this book is really hard to read as it takes great liberties with punctuation. Mark Deakins does an outstanding job reading it and you get to enjoy all the great things this book has to offer without the hassle of trying to figure out the prose.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Higg is my favorite character, he seems real. I feel like I understand him, and he grows as a character while driving the story forward.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    ** Spoiler alert ** there is a very sad moment when Higg's dog dies. It is the moment when the story changes, when Higg is driven to find meaning and search for hope in a hopeless world.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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