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  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
    "Nicely paced and emotional sound"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is one of gentle underground activity in Nazi-run France and most of the action is quiet, subtle and plausible. But the deeds get done! No streets full of gun fights. No long descriptions of torture. Clever disguises and the use of people believing what they see rather than asking could this be real, and then it is too late.


    What other book might you compare The World at Night to and why?

    The Man Who Never Was


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Gentle and creative reading. No unnecessary drama.


    Any additional comments?

    A different twist on too many second world war undercover stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "Dan Rather's view from inside the news"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    The audio version offers a sense of directness and authenticity by hearing Dan's voice narrate his own story and views about the growth and evolution of news coverage in his life as well as his emotional reaction to the events he witnessed and reported. The chapter on 9/11 is especially moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the frankness and direct approach taken when dealing with personally moving events he witnessed first hand or when he had to tackle the CBS brass.


    What about Dan Rather’s performance did you like?

    Dan Rather has read news for many years and he does it very well - especially when he has scripted it himself. It just rings true, which I am sure it is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The book is best heard chapter by chapter to allow the listener to digest each stage in Dan's saga. I did want to soar ahead but forced myself to reflect.


    Any additional comments?

    There are moments of preaching but these are forgiven as they stem from a deeply felt desire to maintain a sense of news reported by and for people who care about truth in news and reject the predigested news we see so often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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