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  • Inherent Vice

  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49...

  • By Phil Selman on 08-22-09

Big Lebowski-esque with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-05-11

It's so rare to find a narrator who sings. I loved Ron McLarty's narration on this one. The story itself was complex and engaging without being too dense. It took me deeper than the usual detective story, in a very satisfying way. It didn't inspire me to download more Pynchon right away, but even though it didn't go on my priority wish list I'll definitely listen to more Pynchon and McLarty in the future.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,186

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

First of many

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

Reviewed: 11-05-11

This is the first Ann Patchett book I've ever experienced (never read anything, just listened). I loved this story. It was engaging and interesting and I connected with the characters. Hope Davis' narration was pitched perfectly, and she handled the Australian accents with ease. Loved this story. It made me go looking for more Ann Patchett.

23 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Nightwoods

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing and powerful narration

  • By Molly on 10-20-11

Great story, great performance

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

Reviewed: 11-05-11

I loved this as much as I loved Cold Mountain. Charles Frazier is a wonderful storyteller, and Will Patton's performance fits nicely with the style of Frazier's writing. Got lost in the story many times with this one. On the hunt for more Frazier and Patton now. Highly recommend both.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful