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  • The Polish Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst is internationally renowned as master of the European espionage thriller. Unfolding in September of 1939 as Hitler's Wehrmacht ravages Warsaw, The Polish Officer reveals the daring mission of a Captain in the Polish underground intelligence service.

    Charles Lawton says: "Insight into a dark era"
    "Too disjointed to capture my interest"
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    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or George Guidall?

    Not based upon this novel. While he tried to use the Polish officer as the tie-in to the many other vignettes, it just didnt work. Jumping to different characters without sufficient transitions was so distracting that I did the rare thing, for me, of not finishing the book. About half to 2/3rds of the way through I just gave up.


    Has The Polish Officer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have read many books of this genre; this particular book just turned me off of the author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1710)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Who knew?"
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    If you could sum up Destiny of the Republic in three words, what would they be?

    What a surprise


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garfeld's egomaniacal and yet medically backward attending physician was the most fascinating, since it was difficult to believe such a tragedy could be created by one person.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bell's attempts to locate the bullet with his machine and how he was limited in his examination by the preconceived conclusion of the doctor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While it didn't make me cry, the book built a sense of impending doom and depression.


    Any additional comments?

    A terrific story of what we all were taught in elementary school incorrectly was merely an assassination by a mad man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Previous books have promised to describe the combat experience of the World War II GI, but there has never been a book like Patrick O'Donnell's Beyond Valor. Here is the first combat history of the war in Europe in the words of the men themselves, and perhaps the most honest and brutal account of combat possible.

    Cory says: "Can't get enough."
    "You can listen to this one repeatedly"
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    What did you love best about Beyond Valor?

    The tie in of an historical narrative of an event,then followed by the oral history of one particular participant or several participants really made this a fascinating listen. You get the overview and whether the event was successful or not and then get the story from the ground level blow by blow instead of the a General's overview.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick never fails to bring the book and story and the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    I keep this book on my iphone or ipod and listen to it frequently in my car while driving; and have listened to the same passages and vignettes over and over. Each time the story seems new because more details come out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (261)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "The performance improves the story line"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a good WWII spy novel and with the story does fill in some gaps in the generally untold story of British propaganda efforts to bring in the U.S. The author does a nice job of building up the suspense in the adventures and interactions of the female protagonist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless?

    The scene of the duplicity in the Mexican affair and her escape was so vividly displayed as to make it "come alive", no pun intented.


    Any additional comments?

    The downside of the story is the failure to more fully explore the British propaganda machine. It seemed the author was conflicted over whether to tell that story or to tell the story of one woman romantic adventures with the war. The story leaned too much towards the latter and could have been more enriching had it explored the former in more detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall

    The female reader's voice has a high pitch that takes some getting used to but the fatal flaw is that she apparently made little effort to learn correct Hebrew pronunciation. Continuous and widespread mispronunciation of names became a distraction beyond irritation. She incorrectly pronounces "Sanai", "Maimonedes", "Haganah", "Isaac", "Baal Shem Tov". Too often even a listener with only a casual familiarity with the correct pronunciation will not recognize what or who she is talking about since the pronunciation name or place is so bad you do not recognize it until later in the narrative. Sorry I bought the audio edition.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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