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Robert

Brantford, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1748)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1209)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "A satisfying conclusion to Blackout"
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    A satisfying, surprising and romantic conclusion to Blackout. An interesting blend of the intriguing concept of time travel, and well researched historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle: The Story of the Bulge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Battle: The Story of the Bulge, John Toland's first work of military history, recounts the saga of beleaguered American troops as they resisted Hitler's deadly counter offensive in World War II's Battle of the Bulge - and turned it into an Allied victory. It is a gripping work, painstakingly researched and imbued with such vivid detail that listeners will feel as though they themselves witnessed these events. This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in this tumultuous era of our world's history.

    Robert says: "Published only 14 years after the battle"
    "Published only 14 years after the battle"
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    A fascinating tour through the battle from a perspective of only a little over a decade later. The book captures the entire lead up to, and length of the battle of the Bulge, not only from the Allied side, but also the German side. It looks at the battle from a birds-eye view, and a worms-eye view, through detailed personal stories. An interesting read about the conflicts between field marshal Montgomery and generals Eisenhower and Bradley, as well as the surprising effect, the German offensive had on the Allied leadership.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "A survivor's story"
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    This is a book about survivors, and the survival of the human spirit against great odds. An extreme example of surviving and living with post traumatic stress syndrome.

    In this audio version of the book, I listened to Amanda Lindhout herself narrate her story. In the telling her story was objectively and thoroughly recounted. In the end it made me cry. This is a story well told especially when narrated by Linda herself. Perhaps it is better listened to then read especially when read by the author and subject herself.

    I marvelled at Linda’s resilience, her strength, and her unflagging spirit in the struggle to survive. How ironic that she met the CBC journalist Melisa Fung, who herself would suffer a similar albeit shorter ordeal, not so long after.

    Even in her very dark hours during and after her many ordeals she had an intuitive strategy to continually find some way to attempt to understand her captors and tormentors. Her strength is even more astounding when compared to her fellow captive who was treated better because he was a man.

    The discordance between her fierce strength to survive, even to the extend of attempting an almost hopeless escape, and her earlier cavalier naiveté, to me only highlight and amplify her strengths and the story's impact. Further she pays witness to the solidarity and strength of the woman who attempts to protect Linda with her own body during he escape attempt.

    In some, too many, of the reviews I have read, I hear echoes of the old 'blame the victim' attitude in response to survivors of rape. This is especially troubling when coming from other women.

    I am grateful for her having told this story of courage and survival and by her continuing brave work to make a difference in the lives of girls in Somalia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1209)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Best wc reading ever!"
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    As an ebook, this improved many short and longer wc visits, the audio version is just icing on the cake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1453)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Intriguing blend of science fiction and history"
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    This book has a slow start, a lot of kibitzing back and forth in 2060, which is distracting from the main theme. Once the characters are ensconced in their respective setting in the Britain of 1940 however, the pace of writing picks up and the story is increasingly interesting as historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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