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  • The Zone of Interest

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the performance is excellent, superb

  • By john on 03-26-15

an amazing work by one of my favorites.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

My Affinity for the writing of Martin Amis goes back perhaps three decades.
this is a very accomplished work, one of my many. It seems important for someone to write a holocaust novel that concerns itself with the daily lives of those in the KZ - the concentration camp. as a literary device, this works perfectly. Suspense builds as you wonder how the horrors of their activities could not affect them.
the rest is a very keen bit of writing, and some fine storytelling. I recommend this book for fans of the author, and people interested in the era.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,455

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

Good Sci-Fi for 1970s Catholic men

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

for an older science fiction novel, this book does have some Hallmarks that explain its science fiction Canon. at a certain point, I found it difficult to continue, but I decided to finish. This is a novel written for a male mindset from the 1960s into the 70s. It presumes religious belief, and fairly presumes Catholicism in the reader.

The writing is good, and there's some good storytelling. The ending is worthwhile for anyone struggling with feel logical questions of suffering, and the morality of the church.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,975

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

A great and bizarre romp from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This book is extremely well written for consistency and for humor. The story rolls bizarrely and amusingly along from start to finish.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,333

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

Great Story, With strong flavors of both authors'

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Kind of a chunker, and more fun than profound. Definitely has very fine aspects of both authors thematic worlds. A good romp.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,720

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Great author doing a great job reading own work

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

this book may be the most comprehensive, and is certainly the most modern book on this subject. it covers the history of psychedelic medications in medical research, as well as in the counterculture. it covers the Modern Renaissance from around 2003, where drugs like these are being studied newly. It covers also some of the newer brain science, which ties together the many conditions that are somewhat mysteriously helped by these substances. A typical Michael Pollan rum with great elements of biography, storytelling, and Powerful explanatory essays.

  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • A Novel
  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Arundhati Roy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety - in search of meaning and of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author narration does not work for me

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-17

all comes out great in the end, little long in the

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

lovely writing. Amazing storytelling, and arundhati is very good at reading her own work. The book was a little long in the middle for me, but I'm glad that I stuck with it. The ending is great

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Deserving, so deserving. Violent, epic, glorious.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This book is violent enough to make me blanche more than once, and yet compelling. I read it for many weeks, as I could develop an appetite for more, and throughout twine a number of storylines and unforgettable characters that together forever change my ideas about Jamaica, it's blackness and my own seemingly endless whiteness. A grand ride.
As an aside, I read this as I do many books, flipping back and forth from the book to the audio book. The performances in this audio book go beyond the usual idea of excellence, for their having an unmistakably deep rehearsal calendar behind them that better befits a big budget film. These actors have both the intricacies of their varied accents - out to the heaviest patois, as well as very well directed acting. The only thing holding me back from recommending the vocalised work over the printed one is that the writing of the dialect is beautiful too, and it is fun to read in the face of some struggle, until the accents 'pop' in your mind, and you are hearing voices from the text. Not reading. Wonderful work. Deserving of its prize. Has much-in its scope and feel- in common with other Man-Booker prize winning works I have also liked.

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

a fantastic prequel to The later Adventures of Lyr

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

as soundly written as anything else from Philip Pullman, this fantastic book is in a league of its own. The story is set roughly 10 years prior to The Golden Compass. for readers who are coming to this story historically late in the game, I'm now not sure whether to recommend that you start here, and go chronologically, or start with The Golden Compass. get back to me when the next two volumes have been published, and I'll let you know for sure.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,478
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,425

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

An unexpectedly exciting return to the world Rosha

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

The story continues. 40+ hours, and the saga has never an end in sight, but it is captivating to occupy this world the whole time.
Rejoin Kaladin and the sprite Syl, Shallan and her alter ego, together with the host of characters in the Bridge 4 crew, but know that this stört belongs to Dalinar. It is his saga, and a very compelling one. I envy anyone who is just starting on this journey, and may you find it as enjoyable as I have. 'Journey before Destination' being a fitting Motto for those of us reading this tremendous saga as the volumes are presented. Long life to Brandon Sanderson, and long life to us all.

  • No Is Not Enough

  • Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Brit Marling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 499

The election of Donald Trump is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. Trump's vision - a radical deregulation of the US economy in the interest of corporations, an all-out war on "radical Islamic terrorism", and sweeping aside climate science to unleash a domestic fossil fuel frenzy - will generate wave after wave of crises and shocks to the economy, to national security, to the environment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, TERRIBLE narrator

  • By Audio Engineer on 11-09-17

This is the book we should all get together behind

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This book goes further than anything I have read recently towards 1.)explaining what is going on with the world, and 2.) laying out a tenable, sensible, and positive plan for plotting a path forward, and 3.) showing us what to watch for. (I have read quite a few books in this genre.)
Naomi Klein is an amazing and Insightful luminary who should be held up alongside other great contemporaries like Chomsky, or Coates, Michelle Alexander, or Wendell Potter.
We live in a world that isn't working for the majority of its people, where greed has become something almost like policy, and there seems no way back from the brink of climate, economic, social and political disaster.
Read this book.
Politicians seem ready to completely lie and trick people at the drop of a hat, if it means serving their shadowy corporate overlords. No one knows what to do. Read this book.