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Chris Abraham

Arlington, VA
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Eccentric classic story done Neil Gaiman style

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Reviewed: 06-25-19

Well-acted and extremely weird, eccentric, and even cute and funny, but also bizarre. An old fashioned story done as only Neil Gaiman style. I would call his style steampunk magical realism. It's not just a reader, it's fully acted. Or, at least, a hybrid. It does have a narrator; however, any time any character speaks, it's a voice actor. Very well-produced. If you like spooky eccentric stories that might have been written by a 19th century Douglas Adams, this is for you.

Neil Gaiman is today's Douglas Adams

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Reviewed: 04-22-19

Neil Gaiman is today's Douglas Adams. And, like Douglas Adam's HHGG, nothing honors Good Omens like a BBC Radio production. While they have boiled 12 hours of book into a 4 hour, 6 episode series, it's brilliant. The only thing better than the story is the voice acting and casting. It's just a little camp, but in a good way. If you love Hitchers Guide to the Galaxy, you'll love Good Omens as produced by the BBC.

Much more human than the film

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Reviewed: 11-20-16

While still a brutal exposition on ego versus ego, this book is much more brutal and morally ambivalent interpretation of the series. Both the establishment police and the antiestablishment Rambo fancy themselves just and righteous and end up tearing down and killing everyone around them. Really worth reading, especially if you loved the movie. This book is written in 1972 during the Vietnam era and the movie came out in 1982, the Reagan era, no longer caught in the chaos of the Vietnam war.

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A perfect WWI primer

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Reviewed: 05-29-16

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the USA and I wanted to refresh my understanding of the five years of war leading up to Armistice Day. Beautifully read and not at all controversial. Very well-produced and performed. And only an hour.

Terribly awesome insight into America's late night

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Reviewed: 01-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Johnny Carson to be better than the print version?

My buddy David Gelles recommended this book. The recommendation was random from such a young man and also because I had never mentioned Johnny Carson before. The Tonight Show was the background music of my entire growing up -- Carson and David Letterman. While I turned on Late Night with David Letterman on my own, my mom and dad watched the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and so the memories of the man were shallow and woven into family time (yes, either my parents stayed up late or maybe they broadcast it earlier in Hawaii). And, I loved the wry and oddly-sharp-dressed man. His hi-jinx and charm. This book dirties this a little bit, since Carson was both the worst of the worst when it came to living the high-life as well as loyal and strangely Midwestern. Henry Bushkin, Carson's lawyer and best friend for 17 or so years, opened the door on all of his skeletons, revealing so many insights into his life that Johnny Carson, the private man that he was, would probably be completely freaked and offended while also being touched. And, in the end, you both revile and admire the man. It's a good book. Henry Bushkin does a very good job and making what could be very much an insider's book, written only for the Hollywood set, into a very readable and accessible book. Entertaining, even. And, what's more: you also get a side-glance at quite a few other people, relationships, stars, and starlets (to Kathie Lee's chagrin). I wholly recommend this book. I read it as an audiobook and the voice actor was very good. With his tone and cadence, it really felt like it could have been Henry Bushkin reading. Thanks, Mr. Gelles.

Magic realism just the way I like it from Murakami

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Reviewed: 01-04-14

What did you love best about A Wild Sheep Chase?

I downloaded this onto my iPhone from Audible.com for my motorcycle ride from DC to Charleston. First, the length was perfect. Secondly, it is an amazing exploration of magic realism. With Murakami, you never truly know the difference between what is real and what is paranormal. The story is seamless, it's timeless, and while not life-changing in the same way as Wind Up Bird Chronicle, it reminds me of it and made me happy in the same way. Very fulfilling and enjoyable and I am sure I will read it again.

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