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Mike Sauerman

NYC, New York | Member Since 2013

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  • Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Mann
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band. When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?

    Ryan says: "intresting tale, wierd at times, thick accents"
    "I wanted to like this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jeff Mann and/or Mikael Naramore?

    I think the premise was potentially appealing but the overall story - as executed - left a bad taste in my mouth. I listened to the whole thing and it was no better at the end than it was 1 hour into it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was the best part - good use of voice and inflection.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It felt a little S/M to me - not quite sure what that brought to the party.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Giovanni's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

    Mike Sauerman says: "Great Classic - Can't Go Wrong!"
    "Great Classic - Can't Go Wrong!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Giovanni's Room the most enjoyable?

    The story is a classic - James Baldwin captures so many emothions - passion, longing, loathing into one story line.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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