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  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,702

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Worth Your Time

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

What did you like best about this story?

I don't normally write reviews, but this book was a standout success. It was smart, funny, intriguing and quick-paced. The narrator did a great job, with good inflection and a voice that was easy to listen to. The writing was excellent and made some impressive contributions to the hard-boiled crime metaphor database, harkening back to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. One of my favorites was when Goldman compared a kiss to a paratrooper falling behind enemy lines...hilarious. Goldman appears to be fresh on the scene...I hope he becomes prolific.

  • Timecaster Supersymmetry

  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Talon Avalon is a Timecaster; a cop who is able to look back in time and view crimes that have already happened. But that was before he was framed by an alternate version of himself from another dimension. Now he's being hunted in this world, and countless parallel worlds, as the biggest mass-murderer in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Self-consciously irreverant fun.

  • By James on 05-08-17

Self-consciously irreverant fun.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Any additional comments?

This book is hilarious. As a result of his previous successes, I believe, the author was able to take a lot of liberties with the content and the style. I don't laugh often, but there were many passages in Supersymmetry that made me laugh out loud, not just at the content, but also at the composition of the story.

Konrath thumbs his nose at his editors, himself, his readers, and his characters in an amusing way. In several instances, he plagiarizes medium-length passages from Timecaster, and just when you're starting to think he's being a lazy hack, he acknowledges that he's being a lazy hack...but in a funny enough way to make it all right. The book also repeats itself verbatim, several times, but it comes across as a reasonable technique in a story taking place in several nearly identical multiple universes.

I've read most of what Konrath has made available to the public, and this is his "loosest" novel so far. I mean that he seems to be purposefully having a good time writing it outrageously, and seems not to care what the readers might think. I liked the freedom this style suggested. He warns you in the forward, and after that, makes no apologies. I wonder what the discussion was like with his editor when he turned in the final draft.

Konrath has embraced the millennial culture of the rude, crude, and vulgar, similar to the television and movie industries, but if you can stomach the raunchiness, there is no better purveyor. He's funny. Really funny. Do NOT attempt without reading Timecaster first!

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  • Big Sur

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 415

"Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful View of the Dark Sides of the Beats

  • By Rich S. on 03-11-13

Downer

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Kerouac is a downer. It's important to sample his work, but brace yourself for depression. Fortunately, it's short, and the narrator is excellent.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,949

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Impressive

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

The previous generation's Quentin Tarantino. Enjoyable. Listened at 1.5 real time.









It was very good.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,731

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

An excellent cure for insomnia.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Any additional comments?

It might be me, but I can't get farther than 15 minutes into this 60-hour odyssey without falling fast asleep. Ms. Sterlin's voice is soothing and hypnotic. She coaxes somnolence from me at every turn. The story is hard to follow when it's so disjoint. It must be good...it won awards.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful