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Allen

English major (B.A.), former editor and writer with major interests in 20th Century history, graphic and photographic arts & food. Geezer.

Wheeling, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Wind is Not a River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brian Payton
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife, separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil, fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.

    Joel says: "Fantastic Writing"
    "Sentimental, implausible, and poorly edited"
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    Would you try another book from Brian Payton and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Payton, probably not. Bramhall, most likely.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Speaker for the Dead." Though I'm not usually an SF reader, I found the non-dramatized version of "Ender's Game" intriguing and thought-stimulating.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    His skill in changing personalities and characters' stress levels in changing dramatic situations on without being hammy.


    Could you see The Wind is Not a River being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, if only because explosions and overwrought, unrealistic plots dominate cinema and TV. The complex and/or beaten-to-death personality affects would favor a long, multi-season video format.


    Any additional comments?

    I've returned perhaps two of 300+ books I've bought from Audible because of major flaws, and this one's a reject. The editor lets slip by the perfect case of "to sing" as "had sang" and permits describing lying on one's back as "prone." If plain English is among the errors, how soundly researched are the facts in this historically based novel? I wanted to enjoy it, but it prevented me from doing so.

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