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George T. Merriman

Whitewater, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

    jackifus says: "Important story, imperfectly executed"
    "Back to the glorious fifties!"
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    Where does Iron Curtain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    and to the 1940s too. One of the more interesting books that this former student of political science has read (listened to) in recent memory.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Curtain?

    Seeing examples of how some people made it through this period relatively intact (most didn't).


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    I was most interested by the people of East Germany -- because I speak German -- but the events in Hungary and Poland were also of interest to me.


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

    No, it was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned that I have a lot to learn about eastern European life behind the Iron Curtain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (484)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    Russell says: "Totally Worth It"
    "Arnold bares all"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Arnold has had an interesting life and a good story to tell.


    What other book might you compare Total Recall to and why?

    The Gift Horse by Hildegarde Knef. They are both German speakers who overcame obstacles in their homelands and became successful in the US.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Arnold, the 95% sucess story


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hilary Spurling
    • Narrated By Hilary Spurling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The author of the much honored two-volume biography of Henri Matisse unearths the life and work of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl Buck, whose novels in the 1930's and 40's were the first written for a Western audience to describe ordinary life in the still secret China of the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Miles says: "Very good"
    "A biography as gripping as a novel"
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    If you could sum up Pearl Buck in China in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic inspiring mesmerizing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pearl Buck's life in China was much more complex and interesting than I would have imagined before listening to this book. And tragic too. The biographer doesn't omit any of the gritty, grimy details of her life. And there were many! But they add substance to Buck's portrait and vividly illustrate what a remarkable woman (person) Pearl Buck was and what a remarkable life she had lived.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pearl Buck's greatest novel was her life


    Any additional comments?

    I lived for two years in Nanjing and one year in Zhenjiang and I was never informed that Pearl Buck had lived in either city. Obviously the Chinese are conflicted about her. But China was an important part of her life, and for millions -- both Chinese and non-Chinese -- she offered a glimpse of a civilization that they would otherwise have never known.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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