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  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,125

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book is neither art nor propaganda. It's just plain boring. He is a capable technical writer (some of the prose was above average) but the story was so inane and he really didn't capture the refugee experience very well. Not surprised. it's hard to write things you know very little about.

  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

  • By: Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 52 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Journals of a Garage Philosopher

  • By Rich S. on 10-05-13

STOP IT WITH THE NOTES!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I wanted to hear pkd, but the editors feel the need to interject every few sentences. provide the context at the end of the chapter. the decision to interrupt the flow with such frequency resulted in a ruined audiobook.

  • Adjustment Day

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 376

 People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to

  • By Sondra Jacobs on 06-15-18

Tied with Fight Club

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Nearly perfect. No need to give an in depth review here. Get this book now.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,411

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

Fight Club, but not as deep

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The last half finishes strong. Similar themes to Fight Club. Prose is above average and the story is unique which makes up for the corn factor. Good but the author goes out of her way to show there is basically no difference between men and women if you take away the physical power. The nuances of physiology, genetics and evolutionary biology obviously escape her, but hey, even great writers suffer from the dunning krueger effect. It's too bad she didn't spend a few extra years learning the relevant science, because she might have instead created a masterpiece. Very talented author but she has yet to write her magnum opus. Four stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,556

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

ends well

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

One of the best endings ever. This book is up there with 1984 and fight club when it comes to strong finales.

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 775

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

superhot

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

super. hoT. super. hot. super hot. super hot. SUPER HOT SUPER HOT SUPER HOT SUPER HOT. THIS is not. that. is not. find the control room.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,684

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

book of the year

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Read this now. Don't be a fool. That's all I gotta say about The Nix.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,424
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,444

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

YES

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I was growing tired of the good guys winning. This era needed a modern 1984.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pale King

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Profound Book about Tedium

  • By Stephen P. McSweeney on 06-02-12

Meta as meta gets

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Loved it. Loved the idea of hiding in the details. Loved the prose. Loved the boredom. Loved the floating off the chair, the sweating, the page turning, the meditative breathing... Loved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Limitless

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Glynn
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was skeptical

  • By Alan on 10-21-11

DOPE!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

1. Prose is elegant, modern, and never cheesy. 2. Story Structure is nearly perfect. 3. Realistic dialogue.