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Sheldon

Encinitas, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (277)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Contrived"
    Overall

    Atwood can write well. In this case, the contrivence of her task becomes a burden that her skill only makes tolerable.
    I trudged through it, hoping that it would turn towards something much more, but in the end, the best compliment that I can give, is it stayed within its bounds - as tiresome as they were.
    I would rather read Proust then Austin here.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.

    Charles says: "Great book, lousy abridgment"
    "Please give us an Unabridged version"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why abridged? Left gaps and joyful passages out of the experience. Minimum words in review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Fingers of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rick Moody
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Montese Crandall is a downtrodden writer whose rare collection of baseball cards won't sustain him, financially or emotionally, through the grave illness of his wife. Luckily, he swindles himself a job churning out a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963 horror classic, "The Crawling Hand." Crandall tells therein of the United States, in a bid to regain global eminence, launching at last its doomed manned mission to the desolation of Mars.

    Jack says: "I loved this book!!"
    "metafiction delivers"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This fulfills some of the hopes that metafiction can give. How the implied, alternative and unacknowledged are embedded in our stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (165)

    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "an un-intellectual rant"
    Overall

    The first part of this book mislead me into thinking that it would be an actual analysis of the role of intellectualism in contemporary culture. It turns out it is just an apologetic blather for anti-intellectual sentiment of the "populist" politics ilk that give us figures like Palin. The book accuses "intellectuals" in political power of making uninformed assertions, and seems to claim that it is better for anti-intellectuals to rule by making uniformed assertions. One of the few books that I just couldn't take after a few hours.

    13 of 34 people found this review helpful

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