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Peoples Republic of Palouse
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Language and pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

The narrator has a limited understanding of the special names and languages of this subject. Jarring.

Made my head hurt

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

An audiobook on quantum physics makes about as much sense as a Braille version of the Mona Lisa.

Beautiful writing, very troubling story.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

What did you love best about The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea?

I enjoyed Mishima's prose. He is a master.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Hearing about post-war Japan.

What about Brian Nishii’s performance did you like?

He reads with real authenticity. Doesn't trip over Japanese names or words.

If you could rename The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea, what would you call it?

Birth of a serial killer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Huge scope this speculative history.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

What made the experience of listening to Seveneves the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the story and the concept of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not even!

Any additional comments?

Stephenson is one of my favorite authors. And even though this is not one of his best works, I enjoyed it.

Important book and important information

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Where does The Patient's Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way the author presents information about managing our own needs while in the healthcare system.

Any additional comments?

This book is so important I bought a hard copy to serve as a reference.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Purple prose, grunting Vikings.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Beat a poke in the eye by a sharp stick, but not by much.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

Do you think Valhalla needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This book takes a highly prejudicial approach to Viking ancestors and I find it troubling.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not an insightful book

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wish the description of this book were more clear. The author spends most of his time discussing christianity.

Was A Sack Half Full, From Humility to Humor worth the listening time?

No

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

academics with a need to analyze art works using psychological approaches (freudian theory) and philosophies (lacanian psychoanalysis)

Has Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Crossley’s performances?

maybe

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

a few

Any additional comments?

This work was dry an empty enough to suck all the meaning out of a work like the OED. I've appreciated others works in the 33 1/3 series. This one criticized Patti Smith's Horses album from outside the sensibilities of rock. I believed this made the work excessively dry and probably inaccurate. The author continually referred back to arcane philosophy (Slovo Zizek) and psychology (Lacane) to make his analysis.... yearning for the phallus indeed!
He did this at the expense of the rich internal experience of Patti's music. I do not recommend this book.

TSFN, drug addled masterpiece of visionary fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Would you listen to The Sugar Frosted Nutsack again? Why?

Yes, I probably will listen to this work again. This piece ranks with Vonnegut's or Tom Robbin's best works as a stunning piece of absurdist fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

For me, my favorite character is a toss up between Ike, the protagonist, and XOXO the God of head injury and forgetfulness. Ike throws himself relentlessly to his fate as XOXO tries to sabotage the story. (No kidding.)

Which character – as performed by Mark Leyner – was your favorite?

I really doubt that anyone but the author could have done this justice.

If you could rename The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, what would you call it?

The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamlined Nutsack

Any additional comments?

I really appreciate this works way of creating a story and at the same time creating a commentary on the story. It's a bit like having a novel interleaved with a dry academic article about the novel. Very clever.
I get the impression that Leyner really hates critics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful