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DWR

Minnesota, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    Vieux Carré Blonde says: "Extraordinary"
    "A great book and performance"
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    Where does Brideshead Revisited rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This recording was right up there at the top...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not so much the actual story but the prose; extremely well written.


    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeremy Irons was the only one to read this as he was also the star of the BBC series. In addition his voice was beautifully fit for this English story and his interpretation of the character's voices was wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to savor it so listened in meaningful segments.


    Any additional comments?

    It was wonderful to see just how well the book was interpreted for the TV series and many of the pictures of the series were just as Evelyn Waugh had described them in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Jean says: "Eminently Readable"
    "Sterile but worthwhile WWII History"
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    This is an interesting history of WWII as told by a German officer, Colonel Hans Von Luck. It was written some 50 years after the war so the horrors of the war are mostly muted in his recollection and so becomes a somewhat sterile history. It is often difficult to remember that this is being told by a Nazi (although he refuses to acknowledge that he was a Nazi) and it is easy to empathize with him in the situations he finds himself. Although he uses the traditional phrase "just doing my duty and following orders", he does garner respect in how he carried out his duties--as he recounts it--in his fair treatment of both his enemy (the British, French, Americans and Russians) and the civilians he encounters.

    There are some interesting parallels toward the end of the book after he was captured by the Russians: Just as the Jews were herded into boxcars and shipped to prison camps by the Nazis so too was Van Luck and the other Nazi prisoners by the Russians and the treatment of the Nazi prisoners by the Russians was basically the same as the Nazi treatment of the Jews, Poles and Political Prisoners. But Van Luck makes you sympathize with his ill treatment while neglecting to mention the plight of all the concentration camp prisoners by the Nazis.

    However with all that said, it is an interesting way to study WWII as Von Luck was involved in most of the major battles so this allows one to follow the path of the entire war (I found having a map at hand was a big help). His perspective gives insights and details that are normally not recorded and his personal story makes the history come to life.

    Lastly, although some did not like the German accent of the reader, I found it added to the realism of the story and Bronson Pinchot did a great job on the accent and the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Target

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (345)

    When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

    Colin says: "Solid!"
    "Contemporary Fiction"
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    I had listened to Joel Rosenberg's "The Auschwitz Escape" which was very good so I bought this, his follow up novel.

    It is an interesting take on the war with ISIS with a well researched base but obviously fiction. The hero is sort-of a Jack Reacher character but a journalist with more guts than common sense; however, this was probably written before all of the beheadings took place and leaving oneself open to ISIS had not yet proven to be a literally fatal flaw.

    Entertaining with enough action to keep one interested through to the strange ending,

    The reader, David de Vries, was very good in reading the action but has a very annoying habit in the dialog of putting the accent on the word "said" by lifting his inflection on all of the "he said", they said" phrases.

    I would guess there will be a follow-up novel, I hope they use another reader for that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (988)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Emotionally Grasping. Wonderfully Written & Read."
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    Although this is a book that has fictional characters, the story is real and an historically accurate depiction of the Holocaust. I can attest to this because I have visited Dachau and have a friend who is a survivor of Buchenwald.

    Joel Rosenberg did an outstanding job in all respects of his writing-- story, characters and descriptions. I got so involved with the characters that at times I had to take a break from the story to digest both the intense suspense and the passionate emotion that it evoked in me.

    Christopher Lane is a fabulous performer: giving each of the characters unique voices with truly believable accents; a rich intensity to the story; and a visual realism to the descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1143)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."
    "And yet another young girl trying to overcome evil"
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    The story proceeds quite well without too many slow passages and some exciting battles but is definitely not enthralling. It seems that Maas throws in some magic and creatures in order to keep things interesting but the connection between reality and fantasy seems false which takes away from the believability of the story: I mean really, a castle made of glass!

    The characters are mostly very human (and surprisingly even sexual) but it appears that some have magic powers just to make the story more interesting. But why are the names so alike, for example, Celaena and Ilaena and Kane and Kale, which makes it difficult at times to keep them straight. I guess that if you were reading this, they would be more unique but not in the audio version.

    Elizabeth Evans is a good reader with a nice timber to her voice but she does have difficulty keeping the various male voices from sounding all the same and slightly effeminate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2380)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Reasonable spy novel with contemporary setting"
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    Not a real nail-biter but keeps you interested. Some good action. Plausible plot.

    Well read by Scott Brick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

    B. Davis says: "Great Publication"
    "Excellent Book on Basic Economics"
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    Not really a "story" but it does tell the history and continuing effect of economics on our lives.

    Thomas Sowell presents Economics in a very easy to understand and well illustrated way. This is the 5th edition so is up to date with current examples. There is a lot of information and a plethora of quotable quotes, so probably warrants additional listens to absorb it all.

    Tom Weiner is perfect for this type of a book as he reads as one would expect an "expert" in this field might read.

    A great book that I will definitely listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Moira Young
    • Narrated By Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

    Gena says: "A unique voice that sticks with you"
    "OK but not up to The Hunger Games or Divergent"
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    The story has some interesting moments but tends to be a bit flat and it is predictable, as are the characters. The writing is good and the descriptions are generally vivid.

    Heather Lind reads well and has an interesting way of interpreting shouting which is effective without being loud. Her accents are appropriate.

    All in all, an average listen with nothing really negative but nothing outstanding either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8991)
    Performance
    (7844)
    Story
    (7868)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Great book and great reader"
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    Between the way Antony Doerr writes and Zach Appelman reads, it was almost like listening to poetry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (940)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Debbie says: "Riveting Mystery"
    "Nice Murder Mystery, Interesting Location"
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    I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.

    His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.

    The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.

    David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.

    Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3742)
    Performance
    (3295)
    Story
    (3300)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Ken Follet & John Lee a Good Combination Again"
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    Historically correct with fictitious characters blended with actual characters in the third installment of the Century Trilogy, Ken Follett intertwines the East and West during the cold war. His characters are, of course, at the forefront of the major events of this period, so much so that Follet has you thinking that they were actually taking part.

    John Lee does an adequate job of producing the various accents but does a better job of the Russian accent than the American accents, especially the Kennedy's New England accents and the M. L. King's southern accent. Of course, it would be difficult even for an American to capture these voices which are unique and so well known.

    My big problem was that there was a long time between the release of the first two books and the last one, so I had forgotten the family lineage of the main characters. This is important to the stories so I would suggest that all three books be listened to in close proximity of each other, and I will listen to them again like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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