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  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (400)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "A crazy old lady"
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    Like many of the longer horror novels I've read, this one starts off deep and mysterious and ends up feeling kind of formula. I don't want to give anything away but there elements here that will seem familiar from other books and movies over the years. Then again, this is an older book so it all may have been fresh when written.
    There are two narrators and I loved the females voice. The male did fine job, except for his version of the female black hero, which seemed whiny and overdone. This was no biggie at first, but after about 29 hours it started to kill the deal for me.
    As others have pointed out there is plenty of racism in here. I smiled in several places at the total disregard for political correctness. Somehow the language worked for me as many of the foul and racist parts helped paint the characters. It was necessary and added something to the book.
    My rating is high because of two points: I loved the creative way the bad guys used people, it was creative and really nasty. I loved the crazy old lady who is the major villain. The author did a beautiful job with her narration and I really felt 'inside' her head as she develops. My biggest misgiving about the book is the use of Nazi death camp experiences as a plot device in a horror novel. Because I knew the death camps were real and actually happened, they seemed to upstage any other concocted horror the author thought up. This really hit me at the end of the book, and it felt awkward to use such real tragedy in a 30 hour page turner where fictional character life was so cheap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Clean Fight

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Derek Robinson
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. For those who liked that sort of thing, it was a good clean fight: nothing to harm but the sand, the enemy and yourself. Striking hard and escaping fast, Fanny Barton’s squadron play Russian roulette, flying their clapped out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. On the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s SAS patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft.

    Cary says: "More of this author please"
    "Cynical and gritty"
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    This author does a great job of placing you in the desert showing you what it was like. I was expecting a war story but got nice education on flies, desert terrain, and all sorts of weapons. The smooth part is that setting is more important than the characters and you never notice how much you're being taught. As a WW2 buff the book is satisfying down to the equipment and correct details. On the other hand this author seems to cut most of his characters out of the same cloth and the 'heros are jerks' theme my bug you. The Germans seem kind of stupid and the British seem kind of murderous. I loved the book because it brought the Africa theatre to life for me, and the desert raiding parts were outstanding. My only complaint would be all the minutes I had to listen to of the main German character doing his middle aged angst that never made a point. As a pilot and an aviation buff it can tell you that 'A Piece of Cake' has the better flying scenes. If you like WW2 stories that feel 'real', this is a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (500)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "Good but not outstanding"
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    It kept me interested and moved along just fine. About what you'd expect from a WW2 thriller, but nothing really amazing. As I think back on it after a few months, the part that stands out to me is the passion of the Jewish agent. I think he was the heart of the book and the authors best character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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