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  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368

Information is everything in "Hard-Boiled Wonderland". A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In "The End of the World" a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grown-up Hiyao Miyazaki

  • By Ryan on 03-07-12

transcendental

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

two parallel stories of love, existence and nature of self. intriguing neuropsychology and the metaphysically transcendent.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,535

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

A budding novelist.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

We all love the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and hope to continue encountering her in new novels. We are half-way there. David Lagercrantz knows his subject and has the capacity to involve us as a novelist 50% of the time, and it is sweet when he does so, including us in the action and interaction scenes when they occur. But 50% of the time he is just giving us a narrative of this and that and the other thing about the story, rather than actually writing a novel. If he learns better how to eliminate narrative in favor of the novel, then we have hope for more of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

  • The Dispossessed

  • A Novel
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite novels of all time

  • By Isaac on 10-09-10

promising, but too much preachy

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

loved the physics and concepts of symmetry/identity vs asymetry/difference, but the social commentary/plot line was too pedantic/confused for novel form. last half especially rambling and disappointing.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825

In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat - and then for his wife as well - in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book, flawed narration.

  • By REBECCA on 02-08-14

Brilliant, Too Long

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Yes, the brilliance of Murukami from IQ84 and Kafka on the Shore shines through in 60% of the novel. The editing down in English from the original needed another 40% reduction. Also, until a third of the way through the book it was hard to connect with any characters, but I'm glad I kept going. The quality of writing as it pertains to the overall flow is uneven and does not follow the flow of the books noted above. And strange characters with strange intonations of the characters. Kreta Cano made the most amazing transformation, but was such a flat character even so. Murukami went on to hone his style more coherently and more interestingly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,252

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When will something happen...

  • By Douglas Richardson on 02-01-17

Come to Mother!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

You were born in Podunk, USA with common values--be a good person and all will be well--or be a bad person, and then you die. Well, what if you do not have those options? What if I could tell you a story to rock the foundation of these beliefs? You do not need to be an unbeliever--just anyone. Whatever you think makes it ok to go to sleep at night--no longer applies. There is only one reality you (or any of us) will wake up to, only one reality you will die to: Come to Mother!.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

American Psycho 
    
    
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    Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
    116 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Twisted!

  • By Mike Calvo on 09-13-09

For masochists only

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Norman Mailer, in Vanity Affairs reflects American Psycho "attempts to create art can be as intolerable as foul manners." This combination of relentlessly depicted nauseating descriptions of designer clothes, menus and furniture mixed with outlandish violence, described in hideous detail, and an antagonist (Bateman) whose inner dialogue and outer actions do not fit either the psychology of a serial killer or any other known human personality. Total failure--it would feel better to spend a week stabbing your brain with an ice pick. At least get the book so you can skip the monotonous agony, although you just get to more of the same.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sleep Donation
    A Novella
    
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        Karen Russell
    
    


    
    
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    Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    108 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • Sleep Donation

  • A Novella
  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Greta Gerwig
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Idea not executed

  • By D. A. Lewis on 07-18-14

Engaging future world but banal morality tale

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

Really enjoyed the future world of possible viral threat, a little sketchy association of the cause of that threat based on society's lapse into technology, and a very disappointing resolution of this banal morality tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Cities

  • By: Italo Calvino
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo - Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful prose poems read too quickly

  • By David on 10-04-16

Falling down the Rabbit Hole

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

Having just read Invisible Cities by Calvino today, just about everything is at least swirling in newness of possibilities, like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, or Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's travels.

I'm still in the rabbit hole, and don't know what I may have been smoking.

The story is of tales of cities visited by Marco Polo, as told to Kublai Khan. Sounds simple, but we realize that Marco Polo is the experiential adventurer in the world, while Kublai Khan is the intellectual summarizer of Marco Polo's experiences. Well, even that is up for grabs in the end, as who has the handle on reality--the adventurer or the intllectual?

At one point, Kublai Khan has reduced everything to nothing more than a chess game, black versus white, but in so doing, he looses all meaning. Then there is Marco Polo who has many adventures to report, but are they real, or just strung together experiences of illusion?

These philosophical positions are not new, but the experience of them is in the way that I like to be challenged by the new.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,034

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Audiobook!

  • By Greg on 02-26-14

100 years too much.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

Gabriel Marques Garcia was not given the pulitzer prize for "One Hundred Years of Solitude" for an incredilbly good reason. The first half he wrote his heart out as the novelist he is, as he did in Love In the Time of Cholea--a clear novel from beginning to end. What the hell happened after the first half of 100 Years? He just went off line. WTF. This not only makes me mad as an individual, but rage against a professional/author who betrays his position as a professional/author. Unbelievable, and shocking. What a great story for the first half. Unbelievable. Betrayal.

7 of 26 people found this review helpful

The Other Brain
    From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
    
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        R. Douglas Fields
    
    


    
    
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        Victor Bevine,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    288 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Other Brain

  • From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
  • By: R. Douglas Fields
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, R. Douglas Fields (introduction)
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a very important part of this vital organ has been overlooked in most books - until now. The Other Brain is the story of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material ("glia" means glue), glia are sparking a revolution in brain science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Lisa on 10-01-11

A neuroscience story told exceptionally well

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

Fields knows how to tell scientific stories as human interest stories, with drama and interest like very few others. He knows what is significant, shares that significance from a scientific point of view in personally engaging ways. If you like neuroscience, this book is for you. Rather than thinking of the "other" brain, I now think of both brains, neuronal and glial as one brain, just like the left and right hemisphere are one brain. A success of both science and story-telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful