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Teresa

NEWTON, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

    Maggie says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "This Is Something Else Entirely"
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    If you could sum up Remembrance of Things Past in three words, what would they be?

    No can do...


    What other book might you compare Remembrance of Things Past to and why?

    See above..


    Which character – as performed by John Rowe – was your favorite?

    Ah yes. I am dead certain no one will surpass John Rowe's performance. Ever. This is an effortless, virtuoso reading. I can't properly praise this sublime synthesis of actor and author.

    WOW!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't find a complete recording of Remembrance by Rowe online?!?!???..
    Is that possible? (Teresaakrueger@gmail.com) You Have A Friend Forever if you can help!





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  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

    Gene says: "It doesn't get any better than this."
    "Well Done!"
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    What did you love best about An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)?

    This is a superb book and a fine performance! It badly needed A PDF. I'm not at all familiar with the African campaigns. A boatload of information. Fascinating. Well Drawn.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (144)

    In An Army at Dawn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise.

    Robert says: "The utter waste and horror of war..."
    "A Horrible Performance"
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    What would have made The Day of Battle better?

    This is very good book read by Poor Actor. I have Davis on another recording. I'll make this brief. During sections of the book requiring sympathy and heart the fool speaks in hushed and cloying tones. Way Corny! He gets loud (often too loud) when he imagines he is powerful. Calvary and Cavalry are not the same. Jesus what a mess! Ruined the book actually!! Needs PDF. sorry...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

    David I. Williams says: "Well Written Overview"
    "1 fine book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    there are bunches and more of facts, figures, anecdotes, and physical descriptions interesting and new for me. Of course I'm easy to please. I'm not a scholar, but the structure of all these books is solid and sensitive.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    The reader, L. J. Ganser was just ok. Sufficient.


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

    I'm always a little shocked by the religiosity of the 20th Century Captains Of Command. The management of wholesale slaughter whilst one converses with a myth is rather sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (281)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Too Fast, Too Fast!"
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    What disappointed you about What Hath God Wrought?

    It was read MUCH too quickly. I tried selecting "half speed". It resulted in a bizarre acoustic distortion. I gave it up for lost ......


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Walker Howe’s story?

    Mr. Howe referred to the " Book of Mormon" as one of the great work's of American literature. WOW!


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Cullen’s performance?

    It was too fast.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Could Not Complete!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    E. Pearson says: "A Rigorous Gift"
    "Results of the Civil War"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A correct assessment of the effects of the war.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    " This Town"


    How could the performance have been better?

    Frequent cloying emphasis and reverence in tone concerning Lincoln's implied nobility ..etc.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I found the historic and universal ignorance of the results of this horrendous war profoundly dishonest and misleading. The proportion of war dead and maimed relative to today's population is staggering. 1.25 million men slain in each of the four years of conflict. The same 1.25 million maimed each year. Lincoln's pro ported freeing of slaves resulted in the southern whites culture's blossoming of barbaric race hate. Thousands of blacks murdered in the first year of "Peace". The creation of the Black Codes and the rise of the Klan resulted in a brutal, tragic irony. The savage white culture prevailed. Blacks land and voting rights were taken from them. Perhaps twenty years were needed complete this vicious reality. It follows Lincoln's "Emancipation" never happened. That emancipation began with the inspired leadership of black men and women. Almost alone they carried the torch of freedom! It maybe F.D.R. encouraged the noble struggle. Little was accomplisheduntil the millions of men of all races had seen and fought just same race hate in German and Japanese fascists. And Then Glory. The arrival of courageous and noble black leaders! Of course we have all been subjected to the false tale of Father Abe. Every serious historian has briefly noted his "Imperfections" on this delicate issues. Nonsense. His opinions of blacks and bigotry are well known by historians and excused. All of the slaughter and sacrifice might then be understood as tragic, but inevitable,had reconstruction prevailed. It did not. It failed utterly. Completely.


    Any additional comments?

    Battle Cry was a cogent and thorough exposition of the political functioning of the u.s. government in the years prior to the conflagration. Kudos on that.

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