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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,919

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

it's been a while

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

I was hesitant getting this, expecting it would fail to meet my memory of reading the book so long ago. it's worth the risk, John C Reilly did a great job, and the story is still as strong as ever.

  • METAtropolis: Green Space

  • By: Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, and others
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

As METAtropolis: Green Space moves into the 22nd Century, human social evolution is heading in new directions after the Green Crash and the subsequent Green Renaissance. Nearly everyone who cares to participate in the wired world has become part of the "Internet of things", a virtual environment mapped across all aspects of the natural experience. At the same time, the serious back-to-the-land types have embraced a full-on paleo lifestyle, including genetically engineering themselves and their offspring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Good and the Bad

  • By Joey on 11-04-13

further decline

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

While Cascadia seemed to be a "what happened to" followup to Metatropolis, Green space didn't even live up to that level. The stories are humdrum and have none of the richness of the first book, but expands on some of the weirder concepts from Cascadia.

The narrators are mostly an improvement, but with the poor stories they don't have much to work with.

If there is a fourth in this series, I suspect it will include 400 year old characters dealing with the voting rights of the universe.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

  • By: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Stephen on 11-21-10

a little dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Having enjoyed the concept of the first Metatropolis, I was excited to listen to this one. I was hoping for more of what made the first so good. The creativity of the first collaboration just wasn't here. These stories aren't quite as strong but rely on the inclusion of characters from the first to maintain the readers interest.

A good choice if you wondered what happened to a character. Most of the readers are mediocre and tend to act more than narrate.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis

  • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating stories

  • By Karen on 11-08-13

Creative collaboration

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Great exercise in world building. These stories fit together well and are highly believable. Every time I listen to it I enjoy it more. The readers were better than expected, given that they initially seemed chosen as the science fiction celebrities of the moment. I don't know if I would search them out as readers but they did not hurt the stories through their narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Would Machiavelli Do?

  • The Ends Justify the Meanness
  • By: Stanley Bing
  • Narrated by: Philip Bosco
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

The focus of What Would Machiavelli Do? is on what works and how to get it done. Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a significant edge over the competition. The goal is to learn how to approach problems in a manner that is at once creative, geared toward achieving financial success, and refreshingly amoral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FRIENDS ACQUAINTANCES COWORKERS WE ALL LOVED IT!!!

  • By Mz Patchouli on 07-02-14

Entertaining spin on management or business books

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

Reviewed: 11-30-11

have you had to read any of the books about business, or business theory? Bing's satire makes the "normal" books on business topics bearable. You are likely to see your boss, or yourself, in at least one of his examples. Try not to laugh out lound in you meeting when you think about your boss conquering the beach like Coligula though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful