At first the prose of this book put me off. Not being accustomed to the literary style of years gone by, at first, I did not think I would enjoy the book. However, after listening to about 4 chapters, I did get engrossed in the story which is very loosely based on the life of the painter, Gauguin.
The absorbing human story intertwined into the sad history of west coast internment of Japanese citizens.
Henry. The narrator was wonderful, read with great feeling...inflections so authentic.
This is a story which enlightens the reader and portrays a global view of WWII from Asia to Germany.
While I am glad I stayed with the book to the end, it was a bit too technical for me, a female who has never had any military exposure. Much of the terminology and references were unfamiliar. Even so, the planning, execution and outcomes of the various scrimmages with the objective of 'taking the mountain' were gripping. Writing was profoundly moving and thought provoking, especially with regard to interaction of company troops. For those who have been close to such action, I am sure there will be moments of serious and possibly painful deja vu. If you can handle revisiting such dire circumstances this skillfully written manuscript is for you.
Like an adult 'Alice through the looking glass', Claire finds herself living a completely foreign life after falling through a 'portal'. This premise opens the door for a fantastic paralleling comparison of life now and two hundred years ago. Besides giving an historical perspective to Scottish life, it is a fantastic, burning love story.
At times was repetitive, which wasn't a problem for me as it helped reinforce topics introduced. Reveals much about Obama's early political career and anecdotes about the company he has kept along the way. Did not have time to 'fact check' but many of the allegations have been substantiated during election campaign months.
A colorful listen; narrator adeptly vocalizes the turn of the language of Brits from all walks of life, with a Texan thrown in for good measure. This story has so many layers which are revealed all in good time. It was hard to put the iPod on pause; always anxious to get back to the plot and discover how it all ties together at the end.
While telling the story of a Polish officer on assignment, the listener is treated to new insight on the struggles of a country torn apart by WWII. The historical aspect of the period makes this a thoughtful listen.
Eerily mirrors past as well as, unfortunately, current events in that it portrays the evolving psyche of a young man who is bullied from childhood to the point where he unleashes his frustration and anger into a Columbine-like incident. Beginning with his first days in school, continuing through high school, you watch him turn to pathologic drama to quench his disillusionment with life. Well written and read.
The story which unfolds is remarkable. Good material for a movie; the range of experiences outreaches what anyone could imagine encompassed in one lifetime! I enjoyed the reader, thought his vocal interpretation complemented the prose.
Twain's prose is so acerbically funny,definitely 5 STAR. If one just went by his impressions of his journey, no one would ever travel abroad since, by his judgment, there are endless drawbacks to visiting just about every destination in this extensive 'travel journal'. Many of his statements are so bold as to be shocking by today's standards of political correctness!
However, there is a huge drawback to audible enjoyment, and it is the ANNOYING narrator, not up to such rich text as this. That is why only 3 stars. It is a shame but if you can get past the warbling narration, you will be rewarded with Twain's amusing twists of the English language!
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