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Lexicon Audiobook

Lexicon

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Publisher's Summary

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization's recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school's strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Brontë, Eliot, and Lowell - who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school's most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he's done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless.

©2013 Max Barry (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Kimberly 04-27-15
    Kimberly 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting. Kind of trippy."

    Good book overall. Makes you think. The guy reader does a better job than the girl. His Australian accent was definitely better. Hers sounded more Irish than anything.

    This is one of those books that requires full focus. It's confusing even if you are following. And I'm not certain I agree with the ending. But it was still really good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard E. Jones 03-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "1) Are you an Audible person or a Kindle person?"

    Author Max Barry weaves a well conceived story with great irony and likeable characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 08-19-13
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    "The word is for you!"

    If you are a hardcore science fiction fan insisting that everything works according to the science books or at least some yet to be proven theory, you are not going to like this one. If you are looking for some good old fashioned fun and action based on a stretch of the imagination, you will like this. The twists and turns kept me interested. There is enough action to make it exciting.

    I recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shadrach Smith Kansas City, Missouri USA 07-08-13
    Shadrach Smith Kansas City, Missouri USA 07-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Probably better with visual effects"
    What disappointed you about Lexicon?

    This book feels like it would be great as a 1 3/4 hour sci-fi futuristic movie. The underlying plot is interesting, but the author jumps back in forth in both time and geography. Therefore, the reader spends unnecessary time just trying to figure out details that could better be shown on the big screen. On the plus side, the female lead character shares some of the same basic personality traits with the heroine from the Girl with Dragon Tatoo, so this made the read more interesting..


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Walker 06-19-13
    H. Walker 06-19-13
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    "Where is the glamour of grammar?!"
    What would have made Lexicon better?

    Sadly, for a book about wordsmithing, the author could not choose a word other than "F*ck" 50 times in the first 3 chapters. like listening to a 15 yr old curse because they think it is cool.
    So much for this being his "most mature" writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Barry again?

    Nope


    How could the performance have been better?

    if they had better material to read.


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

    great premise.


    22 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Fargo 11-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing. Too many loose ends"

    The chronological order of the story is probably the most intriguing part of the book. Neat character development but fell a bit flat in the end. Maybe if it had been a series there would have been more time to improve the issue. Too many loose ends and unexplained points for me to give it 5 stars. For a book about words, the authors extreme overuse of the f word is annoying. The generally boring dialogue goes a bit like this:
    "Shoot the f- guy."
    "I don't want to f- shoot him"
    "Do what I f- say or I'll f-shoot you, you dumb f-!""
    Male narrator is good, but the female narrator does a lousy Australian accent which is confusing when you're trying to mentally place the scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Woodford At Work 09-19-17
    E. Woodford At Work 09-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "YA story premise with sex scenes"

    I was really excited to share this book with my kids until the fairly racey sex scene in mid chapter. The results in the chapter lead to events that may have been hard to create without it, but the seduction and act could of been slightly less graphic.

    Overall there are about different chapters pudding it in my mind to a PG 13 level rating. In the end the story is a love story where they spend a good portion getting to kill one another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Quite entertaining, suspenseful"

    it was very entertaining, suspenseful. I always wanted to know what came next.
    the only thing is that I wanted more sorry line.

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    Bryan Taylor 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting concept, fun to read, enjoyed it!"

    I really enjoyed this book, the concept was especially interesting as I'm a software engineer, and that experience ties in well with the theme of this book. The performance was great as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aleia Kim 12-04-16
    Aleia Kim 12-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sublime"

    Both narrators breathed life into characters so real that you could step into them like your favorite shoes. In his trademark dry style, Max Barry confronts complex political, social, and emotional concepts with wit, humor, and poignant ethos. Fall in love with your new favorite book: this was more worth the read than anything else I've picked up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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