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  • Against the Day

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 53 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 01-28-07

Ugh - Nonsense and boring

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

What would have made Against the Day better?

It would better if the discrepant storylines were better joined. This jumps around and is hard to follow. A single plot with spin-offs would work, or a single central character...

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything but this. This suggested clever historical intrigue. Its not clever, its not historically credible, its just, blah and silly.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

The story over-bore his narration. He's good. The story - 5 minute snippets that change fanciful direction - isn't a story, really. 2 hours into it, SOMETHING should be emerging as a worthwhile thread.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Against the Day?

Most of it. Stick to one clear thread.

Any additional comments?

So sorry to learn this has been in my library too long to return it.

  • The Minister's Daughter

  • By: Julie Hearn
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Conceived on May Morning, Nell is claimed by the piskies and faeries as a merrybegot, one of their own. She is a wild child: herb gatherer and healer, spell-weaver and midwife...and, some say, a witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good historical fiction

  • By Jason Major on 07-30-05

SAME book as The Merrybegot!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Don't accidentally buy this mediocre book twice!! I bought both The Merrybegot and The Minister's Daughter because, after reading the description, I thought one was the sequel to the other. Turns out, they are the same book. The narrator is different, but identical books. Really annoying to pay twice for a book that was mediocre at best. It makes me wonder how closely Audible vets the books it buys and/or whether the author/'s agent was deliberately boosting sales by a name change. Feel cheated.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it different from the SAME book (word for word, same author), by a different title.

What didn’t you like about Heather O'Neill’s performance?

Shrill! Her efforts to sound like a giggling or squealing pre adolescent girl were ear splitting and ughly. This is the first time I've ever encountered a narrator that I truly did not enjoy. It was painful.

Did The Minister's Daughter inspire you to do anything?

Yes.... to write this review.

  • The Merrybegot

  • By: Julie Hearn
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas, Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Spring 1645. In a remote village, all is not well. The minister's daughters have taken to their bed, howling and spitting pins. Rumours of bad magic are spreading - fingers are pointing at Nell, the cunning woman's granddaughter. With Matthew Hopkins, the Witch-Finder General on his way, Nell is alone, trapped and in mortal danger... Summer 1692. Half a century later, the minister's daughter has a confession to make that shows another side to what happened to her sister, Grace, and Nell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same book as Minister's Daughters

  • By Susan on 07-24-14

Same book as Minister's Daughters

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

Reviewed: 07-24-14

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

I bought both The Merrybegot and The Minister's Daughter because, after reading the description, I thought one was the sequel to the other. Turns out, they are the same book. The narrator is different, but identical books. Really annoying to pay twice for a book that was mediocre at best.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Shrieking bits, supposedly to sound like an early-adolescent girl giggling or squeling, was assaultively loud and high picted.

Was The Merrybegot worth the listening time?

NO

Any additional comments?

See Above.

  • No Shortcuts to the Top

  • Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
  • By: Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NO SHORTCUTS

  • By Anatoliy on 04-05-10

A Slice of Humble Pie

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-08

Only 5 minutes into this book I was convinced that Ed. V is the most arrogant author I've ever encountered. I continued with this book only because I was curious whether his comments could get any worse. The good news is they do not. The bad news is they also don't get any better, or more humble.

Frankly, I'm surprised this man has summitted anything - his ego is so big it must be difficult to drag along.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Down Came the Rain

  • My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
  • By: Brooke Shields
  • Narrated by: Brooke Shields
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis Henchy, into the world, something unexpected followed: a crippling depression. Now, for the first time, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Fan of Brooke

  • By April Fritz on 07-25-05

Mixed Review

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-06

Brooke Shields' honesty and unwavering self-examination is remarkable. The struggle she describes is as courageous as her willingness to share her experiences with the people she has come into contact with and with her readers. Her tale will resonant with the countless women who have experienced postpartum depression, as well as those who struggle to become pregnant... for many it will become a favorite and a comfort.

It was not, however, anywhere near the quality work I'd expected. Ms. Shields' narrative fell into repeated very-very-very long descriptions of her dark feelings: when they first occurred they were described at length; when they resurfaced, they were again described and compared with the first description; later, to elaborate on her memory of those feelings at a different point of her life, she fully described them again; and, finally, she described them again when she wanted to remind the listener why her emerging insight was important. I thoroughly believe feelings need to be validated and understand why Ms. Shields felt the need to turn her feelings over and over in the process of examining them, but, frankly, the text (and her voice as narrator) got whiney.

Bottomline: My review is mixed. Ms. Shields has made very significant personal progress and this courageous book will encourage countless others to fight back again postpartum depression and other demons. But, although this book is a powerfully poignant journal - it is not a brilliant memoir nor even a well written commentary.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Christ

  • A Crisis in the Life of God
  • By: Jack Miles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Five years after his brilliantly successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning book about God as portrayed in the Old Testament, Jack Miles gives us his striking consideration of Christ. He presents Christ as a hero of literature based only in part on the historical Jesus, asking us to take the idea of Christ as God Incarnate not as a dogma of religion but as the premise of a work of art, the New Testament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging - Confronting - Enlivening

  • By Susan on 10-12-04

Challenging - Confronting - Enlivening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-04

This book sets on its ear the Sunday school wisdom of my childhood and dared me to think critically about Christ, God, faith, and salvation. Threatening for the faint of heart and faith, but rich in history, ancient literature and legend, anthropology, theology, and philosophy, this title propelled my worldview broader. My appreciation for the authors of the New Testament; Christ, the son of man, but Son of God; and God's integrity and texture was enriched and enlivened. My understanding and awareness of what I believe and why will never be the same. Note: This is not a devotional book, nor conservatively Christian treatment of the materal, but rather a respectful, sober, and scholarly examination of an ancient text and its content's place in history and culture. Nonetheless, this book is for seekers, the parched, and those truly searching for perspective.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful