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cat's pajamas

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  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Lipsky
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Danny Campbell

    In David Lipsky's view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace's pieces for Harper's magazine in the '90s were, according to Lipsky, like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming.

    Darwin8u says: "Leapin' Over That Wall of Self"
    "Fan(tods) Fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend who is a David Foster Wallace fan. I think something would be lost without coming to this without having read DFW.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I've got to say that it was great to have a voyeuristic peek into DFW's life. Sure, it's much more than that - but the sense you got from a DFW essay of knowing him - this delivers the same dope.

    What does Mike Chamberlain and Danny Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The highest praise I have for a narrator - any narrator - is that they are not annoying. Mike and Danny are not annoying.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - akin to a DFW work, there's just too much to take in for an "all in one sitting" thing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
    "DFW Delivers - - Again"
    Would you listen to Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) again? Why?

    This is a fantastic collection - and narrated by the Man himself pushes it over the edge of good into a "must listen".

    It's disappointingly "abridged" - that's all the negative I've got to say.

    Have you listened to any of David Foster Wallace???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - I listened to "This is Water" and I saw him read live at a Barnes and Noble in NYC in the late 90s.

    How does this compare? It's good. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Skillful Presentation of Contemporary "Scary" Tale"
    If you could sum up We Have Always Lived in the Castle in three words, what would they be?

    Flipside Fairy Tale

    What did you like best about this story?

    Shirley Jackson is an amazing yarn-spinner - her deliberate slow display of telling details and wonderful way of evoking an atmosphere is unparalleled.

    Which character ??? as performed by Bernadette Dunne ??? was your favorite?

    Merricat - the first person narrator of the story - Bernadette Dunne does an amazing job!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I wanted to stretch out the enjoyment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 25 Things to Say to the Interviewer to Get the Job You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Dexter Hawk
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    If you're looking for a job that lets you do what you're good at and pays you what you're worth, listen to this book. And if you want to make your dreams come true, listen to it over and over again.

    Jack says: "I worry less now"
    "The Rosetta Stone for Corporate Speak"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    "The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style." - Fred Astaire

    For everyone who has not - yet! - achieved the freedom granted by arriving at the career apex Astaire refers to above, Dexter Hawk offers a short, though not particularly sweet, book that challenges a job candidate to look at the interview process primarily through the employer perspective.

    Taking a tone that, for the most part, stops just short of annoying know-it-all and skewing towards a corporate "swimming with sharks" mentality, the book models recommended responses to standard interview questions, followed by a brief rationale for this response.

    While I initially found this fairly off-putting - the overall result is far from subtle and you will find no "do you what you love" call to introspection here - in the end I found this astringent approach to be the book's greatest asset.

    In my experience, the process of looking for a job tends to steer an individual towards the mindset of an actor starring in an off-Broadway one-person melodrama -- veering here and there, darting about on sudden pivots and chock full of artificially imposed highs and lows paired with improbable plot twists -- resulting in an overstuffed theater of the mind frantically dancing the "Do they want me? Do I want them?" tango.

    Here, it is all too easy to get wrapped up in the idea of how best to present one's own personal story to the best advantage of the moment... for example - - "How will I explain gap X in my employment?" and obsess on these types of things - to one's own detriment.

    Dexter Hawk's bracing tonic of a book clears out these cobwebs from the head with a quickness!

    He reminds us that the interview is not all about "me" per se - on the most base level, it's about the employer looking for someone to fill a position, being able to tick off boxes on a clipboard, and see who best fits their profile, ASAP.

    Advocating an essentially conservative approach, the overall message is to play it "the company way". (Whether or not you agree with this approach is another matter - this book is about how to *get* the job, not how to succeed in / be fulfilled by / or otherwise deal with the job once you've got it.)

    So while neither warm nor fuzzy, Hawk's approach fits the task at hand - his assessment of typical contemporary hiring processes, while painted with a broad brush, are accurate - and his recommendations should at the least be considered, if only to serve as a "jumping off point" to formulate your own response . For that reason alone, the book delivers valuable information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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