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Gwen

Lake Oswego, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Greatest Generation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation. America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values- duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

    Don Lance says: "Why we appreciate this generation"
    "Great documentary"
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    What did you like best about The Greatest Generation? What did you like least?

    Some interesting insights into the attitudes of that generation regarding family and children, the terrors of war and hardships endured both at home and abroad. A collection of anecdotes with somewhat romanticized commentary doesn't make a great book. I would love to see a proper documentary on television but as a book, the abridged version is quite sufficient to get the gist of the author's views. The bit I dislike most was the adulating tones on the war stories of George W.Bush and Ronald Reagan. Their stories paled in significance to the other people in the book and belied a slight bias of the author in relating these stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Brokaw? Why or why not?

    No. He's a great commentator but not such a great writer of books.


    What aspect of Tom Brokaw’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. The voice was clear and in keeping with the nature of the epic stories he had to tell.


    Was The Greatest Generation worth the listening time?

    yes.


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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (374)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Audible Bought the Wrong Book"
    "A Sequel for Fans Only"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would condense the content, a lot of the story from The Persimmon Tree is repeated and re-repeated far too many times in this book. There are a lot of cliches and editorial misses that should have been excluded and detract from the telling of this sequel.


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    restricted the amount of cliches about women and expanded more on the final outcome of his writing his story and Marg Hamilton.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he redeems some of the self depreciating humor and allows you to overlook the authors at times tedious repetitions and cliches.


    Could you see Fishing for Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes but only if it were together with the first book, The Persimmon Tree. No idea on actors!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Persimmon Tree first or you'll be disappointed and irritated. I read this sequel and can understand why other readers were disappointed and given poor reviews. This is not his best book, but I did enjoy most of it as part of the previous story. It took me a while to get into the first book, so I read The Four Fires which was more fun and more akin to The Power of One. I felt I had to got into the style of this author and so decided to go back to the Persimmon Tree but had to make an effort to tolerate some cliches and repetitions of storyline especially for Fishing for Stars.I still enjoyed it overall. There is some good storytelling and information in there, once you get used to the writing style but not everyone's cup of tea! One for fans I think and not the best Bryce Courtney book to start with.

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