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Joel

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2009

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  • A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

    James Gordon says: "Embarrassingly Bad"
    "A narcissist looks back"
    Overall

    The only thing more appalling than the horrific family events Burroughs recounts is the cloying, narcissistic, self-cherishing way Burroughs narrates. Every word is lovingly wrapped in self-admiring cotton ("I wrote this word!" "I chose this word!" "I can't believe myself!"), which is not only tiring: it breaks the flow of narration. I was finally able to accommodate myself to this unnecessarily drawn-out style of speaking, and the book manages to come through as a sad, frightening and sympathetic self-portrait.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from the Known

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jiddu Krishnamurti
    • Narrated By Adam Behr
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (121)

    Drawn from a number of Krishnamurti's talks and dialogues, Freedom From the Known explores many of the central themes of his teaching. The chapters include: Learning About Ourselves, Pursuit of Pleasure, Justification and Condemnation, and the Dissipation of Energy.

    Kristinn says: "Absolutely stunning"
    "Profound and relentless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Krishnamurti's message is far-reaching and unsparing. I've listened to the book three times now. Adam Behr's reading is articulate, but uninflected. Everything is said with the same emphasis, without discernible pauses. The material warrants a more thoughtful reading. The net effect is relentless, it gets a bit too much at times, and I've had to stop repeatedly just to take a break.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (536)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Dark, hilarious, excruciating and beautifully read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    George Guidall's rendition of this pitch-perfect portrait of neurotic dysfunction is brilliant. Only slightly exaggerated, the interior worlds of these generally unlikeable persons emerge with poignant and uncomfortable clarity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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