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Winston Smith

Thought Criminal

Oceania | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "A bastion against judgment"
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    This coming of age tale is something truly unique. The most fantastic aspects of the story are, funnily enough, the least engaging. The characters are never truly surprising and this is welcome because what they lack in spontaneity they drown in realism. The attention to detail and the love and care which all subjects are handled is something to be lauded. I often find books easily a number of adjectives for a good time but rarely so moving, and heartfelt as this unabashed meditation on growing up in a world without heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (511)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "A powerful idea"
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    Max Barry is back in top form. This entertaining musing on the power of words may go to extremes to get it's point across but in a world drowning in con men disguised as salesmen this is exactly the modern parable we should celebrate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

    Tim says: "Dark Read"
    "We have just lost cabin pressure..."
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    A book born to be in audio form. I read the book years ago fresh and knowing the first person format of the writing I was intrigued how this would sound. It sounds amazing. Tender Branson. He may not be the hero America wants, but he's certainly the hero we're going to get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9958)
    Performance
    (9265)
    Story
    (9266)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Insert Quarter to Play"
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    In one word: Entertaining. I feel like this book was written specifically to appeal to me. It's as if someone knew everything I ever watched, played, read, or experienced and then was given a full time job pandering to my sensibilities. The thing I was most scared of was Wil Wheaton narrating and this is the thing that most pleasantly surprised me. A note for those eager to dismiss Wesley Crusher; he can read the hell out of a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

    Shaun says: "Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation."
    "The Doctor Lives"
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    I was downright terrified that some backwater idiot was going to read Hunters work to me in the weasel toned professorial way some of his other works have been handled. Not here. Here you'll get nothing but tough hard edging Phil Gigante being the behemoth his name implies. He channels the Doctors wit and charm and you can almost close your eyes and pretend the good Doctor never left us. Rest in Peace you doomed fool. You are gone but a man as unique as you will live on in the curses of wretched fools like Bush, Nixon, and their ilk for generations to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9092)
    Performance
    (4803)
    Story
    (4875)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Dune: Radioplay edition"
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    Dune is one of my favorite reads so it was with great caution that I picked up the audio book. This is a choice I would make again a hundred times. The presentation and care with which this work is handled is truly a labor of love and it can be heard in every performance. What you get here feels alive in a way that a Frank Herbert novel, that is normally so full of internal dialogue and exposition, never could on it's own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17222)
    Performance
    (15299)
    Story
    (15252)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "An Ode to America"
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    In this love letter to the America of yesterday Stephen King captures the heart of the 60's and 70's. He shines a spotlight on the light and dark at a pivotal time in American history. You could see the seeds of today's tolerance being planted but you could see the all too real shadows of the darkness we were coming out of.

    This is King at his best. Don't miss a chance to see the master weave a poignant hopeful tale with a heart as dark as night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5897)
    Performance
    (5604)
    Story
    (5615)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Martian Survival 101"
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    This tight, tense read is every bit as entertaining as it feels educational. This is a truly rare feat. I won't drone about the plot points, I will simply say that few books seem like they were written for the audio book format, and this one is a shining example of a book made better when heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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