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Misawa, Japan
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  • Rabbit Redux

  • By: John Updike
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey 
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, sexy story. Harry Angstrom - known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters - finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife. How he resolves - or further complicates - his problems makes a compelling read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring on more Rabbit!

  • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 02-16-09

Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Beautifully written and narrated. Updike is a treasure, and the Rabbit Angstrom series is essential listening. Get this and then read some Frederick Douglass. #Midlife #ComingOfAge #The60s #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Journey

  • By Rebb on 12-15-11

Bizarre travelogue

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Steinbeck's stories tend to read like epic fables, full of symbols, good and evil, etc., and his characters are of a piece, always at home in this mythic world. But it is quite jarring to find these same sort of characters populating a travelogue. None of the people he meets or places in he visits in this book seem real, they feel like stock characters/settings from a story. It's as if Steinbeck has never met a real human being. The effect is bizarre. That said, if you can get past the veneer of fiction, the book is OK, and Gary Sinise does a great job with the narration. Somewhat recommended. #Travelogue #Dogelogue #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Lacan: Bolinda Beginner Guides

  • By: Lionel Bailly
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Building upon the work of Sigmund Freud, he sought to refine Freudian insights with the use of linguistics and mathematics, arguing that "the structure of unconscious is like a language." He is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. In this clear, wide-ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are still vitally relevant to contemporary issues of mental health treatment. Including coverage of developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introduction to Difficult Thinker

  • By Ryan Smallwood on 09-15-16

Very niche but very good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a beautiful purchase for anyone looking for an entry point into Lacan. Highly recommended. #Mindbending #Psychoanalysis #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Razor's Edge

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

The Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception. Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring 20s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Classic of Love and the Desire for Meaning

  • By Eric on 01-06-17

The path to salvation is hard, and a bit hokey

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

W. Somerset Maugham has written some magnificent books. This, in my opinion, is not one of them. I imagine the narrative might have been revolutionary when first published in 1944, but the "westerner going to India in search of enlightenment" trope has been worn pretty thin over the last 75 years, giving a somewhat hokey feel to (some of) the proceedings. That said, Maugham is still a gifted writer, and the audio performance is excellent. There is definitely value here, but I'd recommend listeners start with "Of Human Bondage" or "The Moon and Sixpence" and work their way on from there. #SearchforEnlightenment #WorldWarOne #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • East of Eden

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,156

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

  • By Kelly on 03-25-17

Biblical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

A standout performance of one of America's great novels, you really can't go wrong with this one. Highly recommended. #California #SiblingStories #TheBigQuestions #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Revolutionary Road

  • By: Richard Yates
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Movie vs Book

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Our unfulfilled lives

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a wonderful novel, one that beautifully captures the resignation, hopelessness, and cowardice that often comes with settling down. Yates is brilliant writer and Mark Bramhall's narration is truly first rate. Highly recommended. #Matrimony #MidLife #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes