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J. S. Watson

Johanna

Arizona | Member Since 2012

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  • The Yellow Birds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    Buzz says: "Sad and Unforgettable"
    "An All-too-real Submersion into the Soldier's life"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Yellow Birds the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions are so potent and tangible, it doesn't take much imagination to transport yourself into his shoes, though it's not really a place anyone wants to be. It communicates a very sobering, true-to-life glimpse of the modern day soldier's experience, and I feel helps the reader to better understand the situation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yellow Birds?

    There were several. Of course the big reveal of how Murphy is killed is probably the most memorable and shocking. I also thought the picture of the bleeding horse coming down into the water was memorable.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Very convincing voice - he conveyed the raw emotion in a tempered (albeit harsh) way that felt true to the way the author would read it, stating the truth without shying from the awfulness of it (without being whiny or overly dramatic).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A young soldier, tasked with an impossible burden...
    ...to keep his friend safe.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not about the bravado of fighting in war or the glory of overcoming one's enemies. It is a deeply insightful glimpse into the mind of a man, mentally savaged by the reality of the new war in the middle east. Take from it what you will, but it is difficult to believe this is fiction. It must be based on true experience for it to have the kind of sharp, pungent accuracy it does in its detailed and rich descriptions. Those are not the sorts of details that can be made up by someone outside of that reality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scumble

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ingrid Law
    • Narrated By David Kremenitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Nine years after Mibs's Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge has just turned thirteen . . .But Ledger Kale's savvy is a total dud - all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it's safe to head to Wyoming, where it's soon revealed that Ledge's savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of the local banker.

    zebulon says: "Fun and excellently presented tale for tweens"
    "Ingrid Law makes the unbelievable feel real"
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    Where does Scumble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not quite the caliber of Hunger Games or Harry Potter, but enjoyable never the less. Safe for any reader. On par with books like the Redwall series or the Underland Chronicles (yet without the violence).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how important family is to the characters, and regardless of the amazing abilities they have, they seem to have to deal with the same sorts of things everyone else does.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they all came together in the end to defend the ranch.


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

    When the little girls offered the man trying to bulldoze their home all their "gold"


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book was about equal to its predecessor, "Savvy."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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