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  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,082

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Excellent writing / Utterly revolting journey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

**The torture scenes are horrifying, highly disturbing, and disgustingly creative, so do not underestimate them.**

The quality of writing throughout this book is an outstanding example of 1st person narrative. That said, due to the nature of the violence there are very few people to whom I would feel comfortable recommending this book. The sex scenes are also explicit, so that might steer some readers away as well.

I respect the fact that as a narrative about a serial killer, the book chooses to challenge the reader's ability to brush off the violence by not blunting it's brutality. It doesn't gloss over the realities of Patrick Bateman's acts. I think that this kind of content should be upsetting to the reader, instead of glamorized or skimmed over to make the book more "fun".

**NOTE**
Donald Trump is mentioned as the lead character's hero often throughout this book, which made this a very strange time to have experienced American Psycho (I am writing this at the end of Trump's first year in office).
This book is set in the 1980's, which was Donald Trump's heyday, so I couldn't help but wonder how over-the-moon Patrick Bateman would be by a Trump presidency.

  • Unwrap My Heart

  • Or, It's Time for Mummies
  • By: Alex Falcone, Ezra Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah Hatheway
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Sofia is just a normal high school girl, worried about getting her homework done and looking cool in the lunchroom, when he shows up: a devastatingly handsome new kid, mysteriously covered in decaying bandages, and staring at her from the empty holes where his eyes should be. She thinks he's just a hipster, but is there more to this handsome stranger than meets the eye? Yes. He's a mummy. We're not really making a secret about this. The twist is he's a mummy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book and the podcast

  • By Mickey Jones on 05-19-17

Speed it up to 1.25 or more, and enjoy yourself!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwrap My Heart?

Unwrap My Heart is to Twilight and Warm Bodies what Cabin in the Woods was to horror. Very cleverly playing with the tropes without fully falling into the horror genre. This novel has a great deal of cute moments in this short novel, but they all wink knowingly at how those moments are often poorly executed in works of teen romance, while not crossing the line into attacking everything this book is built on. Personally, the moments with the father made me laugh throughout the book. I listened to it at 1.5, which I think made the narration sound more crisp, and honored the level of comedy on the page.

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  • The Sheltering Sky

  • By: Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Connelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly ( A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune

  • By Mel on 03-15-13

Adequate. No longer relevant. A bit offensive.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a huge fan of the writing of Richard Yates. I mention that because he is the king of amazing prose about white people complaining (which makes up a notable amount of this novel). But to be blunt, Bowles doesn't have the sentence crafting chops to make me recommend this book for the writing alone. That leaves us with plot and characters. His portrayal of the leading lady lacked believe-ability for me, as she came off as a manic pixie dream girl, if you took all of the spunk out of her. The rest of the characters did nothing good nor terrible enough to really garner any interest. The plot didn't offer interesting twists, and at moments felt contrived, again looping back to Bowles rather insulting portrayal of women.

Would you recommend The Sheltering Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

I had been wanting to read this book for years, after seeing it on both the TIME top 100 and Modern Library top 100. The fact that it's an existential novel set in the Sahara only added to my curiosity. Now, on the other side, The handful of lovely lines describing the heat and the sky do not make this journey worth the relative mediocrity of the rest of the novel. Concerning it's existential merits, there's nothing here that hasn't been done elsewhere plenty of times. Due to the period this book is from, the author clearly felt he had license bake in a certain amount of racism and disdain for the natives of the middle east, but even in it's period, it seems excessive if it were intended to merely create a sense of culture, place, or period.

What about Jennifer Connelly’s performance did you like?

Top marks for narration. But you would have to be quite the Connelly fan to listen to this novel for her voice alone. If you are, then enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American War

  • A Novel
  • By: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen in years

  • By odin on 04-08-17

Hard dystopian literature, not Hunger Games

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

What made the experience of listening to American War the most enjoyable?

Complex characters and a well fleshed world. It is a very competent book about the past and present, but is set in the future.

What other book might you compare American War to and why?

Loosely, American War might be compared with What is the What, Zone One, and The Magicians, in that they brought literary conventions to genre's/stories that are generally handled very differently. This book has more in common with dead southern authors and Toni Morrison than anything like The Hunger Games or Divergent.
If anyone remembers the previews for Donnie Darko, it was originally pitched as a slasher horror film. If you've seen it, it's something very special and unique and certainly not horror. I think a similar miss-marketing could happen with this book if people flock to it for war scenes, or flashy sic-fi elements.

Which scene was your favorite?

Everything between the narrator as a child spending time with his aunt, after everything she has been through, was heart-breaking and warming. The cage match scene is also excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Never Forget

Any additional comments?

This book is literature that will find cross-genre fans, but I hope it doesn't get sold as action packed sic-fi. It's a beautiful dark story about one girl who is raised to hate. It lets us in on how slippery that slope can be, and how we may not agree, but we can appreciate her journey.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful