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A Generation of Sociopaths audiobook cover art

Painfully awful

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I couldn't get through this book. His points are inane. I can't stress this enough, inane, inane, inane!! OMG inane!! He stresses two points, that Baby Boomers were raised to be individual selfish assholes (a point to which I'm sympathetic), and are now acting like a collective of grown up selfish assholes in an attempt to remain individual assholes. Not a hard gap to bridge but you'd be surprised just how complicated he makes his own argument so much so as to be unable to cross the gap, or even build something resembling a bridge.

His writing is dull and glittered with sesquipedalian words that serve no clarification, and appear to be there to show the reader that he knows some really esoteric sesquipedalian words.

I gave this two stars only because he does have a few original points that you can use for yourself and maybe add to your own POV. But all in all, don't bother!

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) audiobook cover art

Entertaining but ...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I'll try to keep this short but still informative.

I really like the plot and the story. The idea of being a body-less replicant capable of the things Bob and his prodigy can do has been, I admit, an active part of my free time imagination. However I find a couple of short comings, or at least a couple of things that I don't like.

The ability of a lesser mind (i.e. computer, robot, android, the undead, civil alien) to master modern quips, vernacular and the subtleties of sarcasm is a trope that's getting old (Christopher Moore) and is only trumped by the age of the second over used trope ...

The geek culture's irreverence of anything too serious that is manifested by a predictably 'geeky' naming convention. This has been done too often by others, John Scalzi, Ernest Cline seem to rely on the trope a lot too. It's just getting old to me.

My last criticism is that the story seemed to get too lopsided at one point. With all those 'Bob's' out there the chapters focus on two 'Bob's' for what seems to be tens of chapters. In the mean time I was dying for an up date from all these other characters that just never seem to come.

Other than those minor points I found this a fun story good enough that I bought book two!

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish audiobook cover art

A great book ruined by the reader

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Seriously, skip this version of this great book, the reader is just awful, he somehow manages to make Douglas Adams' story dull and boring and only brings a bit of humor when her goes over bored with the childish/cartoon like voices he does for some of the alien characters. The voice he uses for Agrajag is similar to the voice of the guy who flies Stan and Kyle to imaginationland from South Park.

I gave this two stars only because I can't give Douglas Adams one star.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Secondhand Souls audiobook cover art

Mr. Moore phoned this one in

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Hands down, without fear of contradiction, this is the worst Christopher Moore book I've read.

The story is weak, the characters are dull and he got rid of the 'goggies'.

A Confederacy of Dunces audiobook cover art

I should have read this sooner

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

A friend recommended this book to me 20 years ago and I let that recommendation go in one ear and slip out of the other and that was my loss.

I loved this, it's laugh out loud funny, has great characters that you can relate to and who are textural. It's well written and grabs your attention. Pretty much everything you want from a book.

Do yourself a favor and, at the very least, get this on your 'must read' list!!

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) audiobook cover art

I found this a bit hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

I had a bit of a hard time listening to this book and I imagine it would have been better if I would have actually read it as opposed to listening to it. At one point in this fantastic tale comes a type of dream sequence and that sequence is a bit difficult to differentiate in contrast to the the fantastic tale.

Now of course this could have just been me. When I listen I tend to listen while doing something else like driving and I wouldn't be surprised that either another listen will help me enjoy this book more or a more attentive ear would have been better in the first place.

However, this is a VERY complicated plot so unless you can devote more attention to it than I was able, you might want to consider a Gaiman book that has a more simple plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories audiobook cover art

An excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 09-21-13

It's always special to listen to Stephen Fry read. It's extra special when he reads something that he himself loves and he loves Oscar Wilde.

This is a collection of very entertaining children stories. I'm not sure if we would consider these 'children stories' today but like Grimm's fairy tales they were at least intended to be for children when they were written.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

A Universe from Nothing audiobook cover art

OWWWW!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-13

This book made brain hurt more bad!!

This is a very interesting book, I've listened to it twice and got so much more out of it the second time but I know that there's just a bucket load that I still missed. Someday soon I'll give it a third listen.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul audiobook cover art

Not his finest work but ...

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

Reviewed: 03-07-13

I'm a bonafide Douglas Adams fan. I've read everything I could find that he wrote, I've listened to all the dramatizations that the BBC did for H2G2 and I played his computer game and watched his talks on Youtube.

That being said I'm sad to have to write that this book "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" was not his finest effort. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just not up to his snuff. Normally he ties up all the loose ends quite neatly and quite imaginatively but here I felt that there was a bit that wasn't quite finished. If I was to guess I would say that he was rushed to finish the book and just didn't have the time to polish it to his usual high luster.

Douglas reads this and he reads it wonderfully. His tone, inflections and rhythm makes the story so wonderful to listen to that I found myself sitting in my car lost to where I was and just listening to him read. Quite wonderfully hypnotic.

If you a Douglas Adams fan you'll HAVE to listen to this because ... well ... you know why, but if you're new to Douglas' work then you might want to skip this and listen to either "The Hitchhikers Guide ... " or "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea audiobook cover art

Written for those with scientific minds

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

I've heard so often how Jules Verne's writing inspired so many people to go into science and engineering and I now know why I've always hated science and engineering.

I found this book to be so tedious that I couldn't finish listening to it. Every single time a new discovery is made he goes on for pages describing the family, genus, sub-genus, related genus, genus that have no relation but are similarly spelled and so on and so on and so on. Ugh!

The characters are so two dimensional as to almost make one think that Verne must have written it like that was on purpose. Nemo never reacts any other way than cold, distant and unfazed.

The best word to describe this book is 'monotonous'.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful