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Hugh

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  • Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants

    • ORIGINAL (11 mins)
    • By Ken Follett, John Lee
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (322)

    Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.

    IAmNotLynda says: "interesting interview!"
    "Not very informative or interesting.+"
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    What disappointed you about Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants?

    A two person mediated interview between the author and the "Audible" reader that was more of a "love-fest" than informative about the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett and John Lee again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Free is OK and worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "A "Stand-alone" commentary about tragic futility."
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    If you could sum up What It Is Like to Go to War in three words, what would they be?

    A full study about how the youth of modern civilization is unprepared for the ancient savagery of war.
    It is also a view into the politics of the military service and it's "imbalances".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    The politics of phony engagement and battle-damage reporting.


    Any additional comments?

    God bless the U.S.Marines and their standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On China

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henry Kissinger
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (169)

    The eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on 40 years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders.

    Ben says: "Long, academic, bland - AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!"
    "Excellent - Provides a truly broad scope of China"
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    Would you listen to On China again? Why?

    Provides a truly broad scope of China and how it perceives itself and it's place in the world. (And why ! )

    I will listen to the book again because all of it is worthy of total understanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The broad scope and the first person detail that is not apparent to the media "entertainers".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Insight into meetings, conferences, understandings, misunderstandings, and ambiguities.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How diplomacy is really conducted out of the public view and how it can be made to work for the mutual benefit of the various parties at different times, place and geopolitical balancing.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent presentation of China / US / and world geopolitics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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