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Stephen

Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a lock daily commute which is mitigated by listening to great books.

WORCESTER, MA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (340)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "What Kind of Accent is That?"
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    Where does The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Around the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brings back things from my childhood - some by direct reference and others just remind me of similar things in my past.

    Bryson also uses language effectively. He balances literary style with the humor of more common speech. I really like that mix.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bryson (reader and author) tells the story of his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. Being from the midwest myself, and having spent a good deal of time in Iowa with Iowans I find myself really put off by Bryson's accent. That is not any kind of Iowa or even midwest-US accent. I wouldn't remark on it, except that A) it is an audiobook, B) the book has everything to do with the author/reader being from Iowa, C) Bryson is in his 60's, so one would think that he would have been exposed to more Iowa accent than a younger person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (808)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "It Ain't Literature, But. . ."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

    no


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not really


    What about Arte Johnson’s performance did you like?

    I really, really didn't like Arte Johnson's performance. It is hard for me, a person who enjoyed Arte Johnson on Laugh In years ago, to denigate his performance.


    If you could rename Bad Monkey, what would you call it?

    really? Bad Question.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1056)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "Magical summer camp, then life happens"
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    What did you love best about The Interestings?

    Wolitzer's ability to get inside the heads of the characters without sounding clinical


    Have you listened to any of Jen Tullock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No -first time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (413)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Kingsolver's reading does justice to her writing"
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    Would you listen to Prodigal Summer again? Why?

    Its hard to find a better writer than Barbara Kingsolver. Audible's version has Kingsolver herself reading the book. Because the book has passages that require the accent of the blue ridge mountains, it is a bonus to have the author read it herself. Kingsolver's voice suits the material so well, you would think she speaks the lines out loud before writing them down.

    This book excels in the same way Flight Behavior does - fusing the sensations of the natural world with the characters. Beautiful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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