Heart-rending, passionate, gritty
Paul, through whose eyes the whole story unfolds
Muller brings character and depth to this work. He makes it as believable as if he were there
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No, I don't think this book can be changed.
The character descriptions at the beginning were lively and sympathetic. I've actually listened to the book several times now.
Frank Muller's performance was the reason the book rated as high as 3 stars with me in the first place. I found no fault in the performance as such.
No, I don't think one cam do a follow-up or a sequel to this book.
The teacher who first assigned me to read this book in high school was a radical materialist. The subject matter is thoroughly depressing. I found sobering moments in Alas Babylon, but that was a more thoroughly entertaining book altogether. Mere survival is not enough to hold my interest. All respect to Mr. Muller, and I believe anyone would benefit from first exposure to the book itself, but I am glad to be shut of it. Depressing and tragic adult themes. Radical violence. Rated R. Not recommended for anyone under 17.
The best I can say of the audio performance is that it will bring the book "home" in a way that cold print did not do for me the first time I read it.
Was really looking forward to reading this but found the audio quality was very poor...actually I think it was the narrator too, emphasizing some parts in a clear voice then switching to a whisper and the variance was just too much. I had to quickly turn up or down the sound to account for this difference.
First off, the performance would have to be immeasurably better. Secondly, I found no satisfaction in the narrative. The book wanders fairly aimlessly through a long arc of time. There are stretches that gloss over months, then stretches that linger monotonously on a few days. I could discern no reason nor rhythm to this. I would have hoped for more resolution, more point, some conclusion to the narrative. Overall, disappointing.
The performance is so bad it is completely distracting. The reading is flat and monotonous. There is no modulation in tone or fluctuation in emotion to correlate with the events of the book. Everything is read with an overbearing sense of gravitas with no regard to what is actually being described. I found that incredibly tedious.
Say something about yourself!
Wonderful narration, easy to listen to. I think this would help any veteran who has suffered in war. The translation is masterful, poetic. As with any young soldiers, there are happy times of course. There is a kind of healing fun made in defiance of stuffed shirt officers, unqualified medics and whoever else appears on the scene. The story is so well written that I almost forgot which war this was. It seems universal. It should be a healing and eye-opening listen for many people.
The narrator is outstanding and really gets the mood of what it is to be in such a deadly and desolate war
Real sadness and empathy for the characters