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  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "OK Story, Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story provides great insight into the trials and tribulations encountered by US infantry in the less publicized side of the European Theater of Operations. It highlights the fact the US involvement did not start with D-Day. Fred Sanders does a great job of providing color to the story and the various voices he uses help support the story without becoming a "performance".
    I did not feel the story was well balanced in its presentation of General Felix Sparks. It read a bit like a "puff" piece.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (357)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Beware of early novels and the Brick"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. He is one of my favorite writers. But, I guess when the preface from the author says that they thought about rewriting an early novel, we should listen to them. This story has an overly complicated plot populated with lobotomized characters. It is narrated by one of the most condescending, smirking voices I have ever heard. Scott Brick took a mediocre story and made it unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone....

    Babette says: "Listen to it More Than Once"
    "I can't find anyone to like"
    Overall

    Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are comfortable, quirky, and people I want to know. I wish she had saved a few for Dinner at the Homesick Resturant. Try as I might, I couldn't build a bond or sympathize with any of the characters. If they were not slow or dim-witted, they were mean and disagreeable. I finished it just in case it changed but ended up disappointed with an unsurprising somewhat maudlin wrap up. I will read her again but can't get excited about Homesick.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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