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West Branch, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Be Consistent with European accents"
    If you could sum up The Guns of August in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Opinionated, Interesting.

    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    His use of inconsistent accents was distracting. I have listened to espionage thrillers that require the narrator to use several different accents consistently and those narrators seem to do better in that regard. He seemed to sometimes default to a French accent when quoting Russian, British, and German principals much of the time. Each of these nationalities has their own distinct accent.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The French general who knew that he was getting poor intelligence from French HQ and was forced into a retreat against orders was moving. He did what he had to do and was correct in most cases, but became overcautious later due to distrust of French HQ and the BEF and was forced out.

    Any additional comments?

    The author did a wonderful job of describing the foibles of the men in the high political and military command of the principle countries. She demonstrated how their mistakes led to the long, drawn out affair that WWI became and to some extent how the poor treatment of Germany following Allied victory resulted from their own treatment of civilians in the war. Some of their actions were not that much different than events that would occur thirty years later in the Holocaust. Obviously the German government learned nothing about how actions like this could rally the world against them while they were designed to quell unrest in conquered areas. Her sources obviously shared no lost love with the CinC of the BEF as he was portrayed as a soldier who was unreliable to his allies and too concerned with protecting his own career and people at the cost of other commands. Nobody else was portrayed to that extent in that light.
    She also had an annoying habit for audiobook of using French and German phrases without providing any kind of translation and then continuing with her story as though all of the readers understood that phase.

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  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "Good listen for a Harry Bosch addict between books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angle of Investigation to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was actually interesting to see how Michael Connelly could fit plot twists into such short stories. Some twists are predictable to me now as I am used to Connelly's thinking, but they are still enjoyable.

    My favorite was the Christmas story at the beginning with the jazz guy. It was interesting that the murder in the story was really a sideline to the actual human side of the story.

    To avoid spoiler alerts, I will not comment much on the other two stories.

    I am fan of any of Michael Connelly's characters and the way that he grows them. Harry Bosch has grown over the years into a better and less bitter person while still being the hard-core homicide detective that makes him great. He makes mistakes and makes amends for them. These stories are really about the characters.

    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    I can't say it any more simply than his voice to me is Harry Bosch in his later and slightly softer years. The inflections show Bosch's contempt for some people while not making him into someone too harsh to like.

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