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Scott

Raleigh, NC, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Good Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jay McInerney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Posed with astonishing understanding and compassion, these questions power a novel rich with characters and events, both comic and harrowing, revelatory about not only New York after the attacks but also the toll taken on those lucky enough to have survived them. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see, through personal, social, and moral complexity, more clearly into the heart of things.

    Scott says: "The Bridges of Why Am I Reading This Crap"
    "The Bridges of Why Am I Reading This Crap"
    Overall

    So, I’ve got this little disorder. Just this one: Once I begin reading a book, I am compelled to finish it. Regardless of how much I dislike it, I continue to pick up the book… continue to read.

    After finishing Brett Easton Ellis’ excellent Lunar Park, I wanted to read something by Jay Mcinerny. Jay is a character in Lunar Park and is best known for his breakthrough novel Bright Lights, Big City. Not sure what posessed me, but rather than going for the easy bet and reading BL, BC, I made the error of picking out The Good Life, Jay’s latest.

    Bleh.

    The Good Life reads like Bridges of Madison County for the middle-aged urbanite. Set in NY, NY around the time of 9/11, the novel tells the story of a couple of priveledged New Yorkers too lazy to work at their own marriages that fall easily into illicit love amongst the Ground Zero soup kitchens. If "illicit love" makes you think "Harlequin Romance", then you’ve got the right idea: there’s enough trashy bodice-ripping in there to satisfy the requirements of the genre.

    There’s also a large helping of grief porn if you’re into that sort of thing. The jumpers, the flee-ers, the diggers and the body bags… Jay’s got it covered.

    Learn from my mistake. Read Bright Lights, Big City. It really is as good as you’ve heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "great book, great narration"
    Overall

    I thouroughly enjoyed this book. A bit of a departure from BEE's previous stuff, but it's interesting and compelling. Vanderbeerk's narration is great. Really great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (544)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "feh"
    Overall

    I'm in agreement with the prevailing criticism of the narration. Mispronouncing of the main character's last name, when the pronunciation of Kovacs was mentioned specifically in a previous novel is pretty slack. The echo chamber used for prologue/flashback/etc is so echo-y that the narration is difficult to understand at times. Good book, cruddy narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1565)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "great"
    Overall

    Consider me a fan. Altered Carbon has won me over. Just the right mix of violence, sex, action and interesting ideas. Richard Morgan's world is interesting and enveloping. If you're a fan of cyberpunk or a fan of noir, you'll likely enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6109)
    Performance
    (2252)
    Story
    (2259)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "really great"
    Overall

    can't help myself - i've gotta gush on like the other reviewers. Kevin Gray's narration is great. the story (across all 3 titles) is interesting and engrossing. sure - like any trilogy - there are a couple of slow moments, but they don't tarnish the quality of the whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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