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Adam Drew

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Only if you're finished all the Madeline Miller

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Évalué le: 2020-07-02

Listened to this one right after Madeline Miller's CIRCE, and this is the inferior book in many respects (to CIRCE and SONG OF ACHILLES). While the idea of telling The Iliad from the perspective of a person who is reduced to an object in the original is noble, Barker doesn't take much advantage of that idea. It's more or less a rote retelling of the original story, but with some graphic details of rapes and murders thrown in. While it's easier to empathize with the women, certainly, they are still ironically not much more than walk-ons, since the narrative perspective is so narrow.

Couldn't finish

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Évalué le: 2020-03-02

I made it about 2/5ths of the way through. This book feels interminable. Gratton's world building is excellent, and her characters are interesting, but none of them serve any purpose. In the Shakespeare play upon which this is based, the first handful of scenes do as much setting up of stakes and conflict as Gratton does in the ~8 hours I've put into this audio. I want more books by diverse creators telling diverse stories, but I need those stories to move quicker than this one.

Compounding matters, while the reader does a decent job giving all the major characters distinct voices, her tone never modulates. Battle, sex, trip to the corner store, all are delivered with roughly the same enthusiasm and inflection.

What a waste of time

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Évalué le: 2020-01-18

I had this as a book club book and I struggled to get through it. It's overwhelmingly predictable. None of the challenges feel real. It's just a boring plod from one easy victory to another, and the challenges that are foreshadowed don't even come to be.

There's a lot of poetry in the language, and Acevado's reading voice is clear and pleasant to listen to.

Not Sedaris's Best

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Évalué le: 2019-12-27

I'm a big fan of Sedaris, and I bought this so I would always have easy access to The Santaland Diaries. This version is expanded from the original, and the additions are all very funny! The other stories in the collection are a lot weaker and the third story ought to come with pretty significant warnings about child murder and racial attitudes that were...maybe more acceptable in the 80s, when it was written. It's funny enough, and classic Sedaris irreverence, but it caught us a bit off guard.

Beautiful and deep and utterly gutting

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Évalué le: 2019-10-13

MacFarlane is a brilliant writer, able to turn the driest and hardest of ideas into pure, beautiful prose. As with most of his books, this one is part travelogue, part memoir, part cry for the preservation of our world. It's perfectly read, and devastating in its impact on a receptive listener.

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Hilarious!

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Évalué le: 2019-07-22

Full length audio drama (or in this case comedy) seems like it might be a dead art, but this hilarious, fast-paced, full-cast comedy proves otherwise.

Modern and incredibly relevant

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Évalué le: 2019-07-17

I honestly wish I could thank Marche and his producers in person for this exploration of modern fatherhood and its frank, well-researched, and generous discussion of 21st Century fatherhood.

Military sci-fi for a humanist era

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Évalué le: 2019-07-08

Hurley is (in my experience) nearly unparalleled as a world builder. She has an incredible capacity to make a place feel real, to anticipate the quirks and divergences her concepts demand. That is combined here with a message that has never been more relevant, about social control, corporatism, and the untrammeled evil of the use of force for dishonest purpose.

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Excellent and novel sci-fi!

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Évalué le: 2019-06-21

This blend of science fiction and thriller and history, with interesting advanced tech, but also an exciting political plot, is exactly the sort of thing the genre needs more.of!

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Phenomenal and original

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Évalué le: 2019-06-10

You ever notice how Urban Fantasy is so...urban? and usually white? If Neil Gaiman was a Canadian indigenous woman, then this is probably the book he would write. Robinson uses the language and rhythm of small-town and Reservation BC to transport the reader into a rich, believable world where witches and spirits live among us...and they are just as messed up as we are.

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