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  • Everyman

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full Frontal Roth

  • By JOHN on 05-31-06

Fabulous Phillip Roth

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Roth explores the thoughts that go through an aged man. Most older men will relate. Reader was spectacular. The words of Roth are like hands flowing through snow

  • American Pain

  • How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic
  • By: John Temple
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

American Pain chronicles the rise and fall of this game-changing pill mill and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis. The narrative, which swings back and forth between Florida and Kentucky, is populated by a diverse cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragically fascinating

  • By Tiphanie on 03-09-16

Interesting look at the legal drug industry

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Would you listen to American Pain again? Why?

Yes, I missed a lot of detail

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

What will happen to the kingpins

What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Got inside the protagonists minds

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was shocked at how naive the protagonists were. Did they really not expect government intervention when dealing with millions of dollars? They were so thoroughly unprepared for a meltdown. Leaving all that cash in banks and family members homes is really stupid. Didn't they hear about safe deposit boxes? If they had put all that money in a safe place, they could have hired a better attorney.

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

Over rated

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I would not recommend this book to a friend because I found the reader, Patti Smith, very boring and the story she told, very boring.

What do you think your next listen will be?

House of Eight Orchids

Would you be willing to try another one of Patti Smith’s performances?

No

What else would you have wanted to know about Patti Smith’s life?

Nothing

Any additional comments?

I don't understand the rave reviews and awards this book has received. I found Patti Smith to be a terrible reader. If she had only put some of her passion into the reading, it might have been better. I didn't like how she didn't connect her own success with what happened to her and Robert. I was really disappointed in this book. I kept waiting for something interesting to be revealed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Superposition

  • By: David Walton
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Jacob Kelley's family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker - apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob's house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frankenstein for the modern age

  • By Pam on 04-19-15

Very complicated and hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, get a better reader

What was most disappointing about David Walton’s story?

The plot was ridiculous. To believe that Quantum Physics could have duplicates of people running around is far fetched. To believe that Quantum Physics could create a new person is absurd. The creature that came from nowhere makes no sense. The book itself makes no sense.

Would you be willing to try another one of LJ Ganser’s performances?

No

Did Superposition inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to learn more about quantum physics

Any additional comments?

This book was very juvenile and unreadable. The discussions about quantum physics were way too complicated for the average reader. I know a little something about quantum physics and I found it too hard to follow. People will be wasting a credit.

  • The Water Knife

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,793

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg breaker, assassin, and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet while the poor get nothing but dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for water in a drought fueled apocalypse

  • By Lore on 09-24-15

Excellent thriller with twist after twist

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If I had been a blind folded and didn't know who had written the book, I would have guessed Gillian Flynn. The book is somewhat like the format of Gone Girl but even more complicated. The plot goes back and forth through time and I usually don't like those kind of books. But what I find myself doing was going back to previous chapters and starting over from that point. You can't go to sleep on this one. I really liked having four different voices for each of the main characters. It made the plot follow much easier and believe me you'll need it. You never know what's going to happen next. Really. The characters are all so creepy and amoral but are completely believable. I liked The Water Knife better than The Windup Girl but Paolo Bacigalupi is one of my favorite authors now.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Water Knife?

The last revelation

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,253

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Interesting but too formulaic

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I liked the idea of the special kids but reminded me of X-men, to many loose ends and plot holes

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Excellent post apocalyptic novel

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Although a little dated, it is an excellent story about what happens when normal life support is cut off. I had a little taste of this last year when I lost power for six days during a snow storm. The first day it's fin and after that, each day becomes more difficult. My one complaint about the book was how easily each crisis was handled. It perhaps could have been renamed "father knows best-post atom bomb"

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

A big disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, there are so many good book to read and this was not one of them.

Would you recommend Euphoria to your friends? Why or why not?

No, too boring

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance and Xe Sands – was your favorite?

None

Could you see Euphoria being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, Kate Winslet would be the Margaret Meade character

Any additional comments?

This book was a big disappointment. Since it was on the New York Times best of the year list, I expected a really good book. It was really boring even when there was the threat of imminent death of the protagonists. I think the problem is that Ms. King tried to make the story conform to the real story of Margaret Meade's trials and tribulations in real life. The story was, after stripping away the "native" culture aspect, was just an ordinary love triangle. The people who made these amazing terrifying trips were strong people but Ms. King characterized them as weak milk toasts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Uncertain Justice

  • The Roberts Court and the Constitution
  • By: Laurence Tribe, Joshua Matz
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, yet very listenable

  • By Philo on 10-06-14

Excellent look at how the Supreme Court works

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

Where does Uncertain Justice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 100

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncertain Justice?

Seeing how Judge Scalia acted when he didn't get his way

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to list

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Supreme Court Wrestling

Any additional comments?

This book changed my understanding of the many issues with which the Supreme Court has to deal. The authors took no sides and clearly explicated the real issues of many landmark modern cases. What we get from the news regarding these cases is the equivalent of using one camera snapshot of a football game to evaluate who should have won. The book convinced me that the appointment of Clarence Thomas was one of the single most tragic mistakes in our Country's history. If a person is interested in understanding the reasoning behind some of the most impactful cases in our history, listen to this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Ship

  • The Rho Agenda, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,489

In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-03-13

Ridiculous plot and terrible writing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teenagers

What could Richard Phillips have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The plot was ridiculous. There is nothing short of rewriting the entire book that would make it more enjoyable. He had too many story lines going on at the same time. Having the main characters fall in love was absurd. I couldn't finish the book because it was so juvenile. I got the feeling that Phillips was trying to write a "Hunger games" type of series.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

The narrator was fine. He can only deal with the material he's presented

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, the discussion of time travel was interesting

Any additional comments?

Don't waste a credit and I'm asking for mine back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful