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Julie

Savage, MN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

    Julie says: "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
    "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
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    If you could sum up On the Beach in three words, what would they be?

    Inevitability
    Futility
    Acceptance


    What did you like best about this story?

    "On The Beach" is the ultimate description of what we all
    feared during the 50s and 60s...atomic war. Simon Prebble
    seems to me to be the perfect choice to have narrated this
    story. His method perfectly matched the tone of the story in
    every way. Pat Frank's "Alas, Babylon". It is a similar story
    with a different outcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Even though the world was mostly dead, there was still a radio
    signal from Seattle. The discovery of its source was quite
    novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have to say that the last few paragraphs of the book are
    gut-wrenchingly realistic...the ultimate Good-Bye as you watch
    a loved one leave forever... Scenes, plural. Many. If the
    last three chapters do not bring tears to your eyes many
    times, well, you're not human. (sorry)


    Any additional comments?

    There is no flowery writing in this book. Mr. Shute wrote it
    pretty much the way a military report is worded. Yet, the
    detail he gives to the characters and their dialog fills the
    story with beauty and purpose. Masterfully.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (343)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "GeesePa"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a wonderbul story and the narration is good.


    What other book might you compare Time Enough for Love to and why?

    This story is a sequel to "Methusalah's Children" which, of course, should be read first. :)


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like Anthony Perkins and his voice was clear and artistic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was not a moment, but a chapter...Dora's Story...with Heinlein, all paragraphs are moving moments...


    Any additional comments?

    Heinlein has long been my favorite writer, so I am biased to say that this story was his finest work...I lived and read his books at just the right time and in just the right order...this particular story quickened a whole new set of brain cells to life...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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