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  • A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Robert Olen Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. This edition includes two subsequently published stories - "Salem" and "Missing" - that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey with a return to the jungles of Vietnam.

    Prsilla says: "RARE AND WONDERFUL STORIES!"
    "Stories full of soul"
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    Would you listen to A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain again? Why?

    Perhaps. There are some outstanding short stories. One in particular was about Vietnamese intelligence officers who are working with the Australian military. It is about a clash of values with devastating consequences.Other stories set in the United States were less compelling,


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Olen Butler? Why or why not?

    Likely


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Olen Butler?

    I did not enjoy the narration style.


    If you could rename A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, what would you call it?

    It is an interesting, intriguing title so I would not rename it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Pioneer dreams and despairs"
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    What other book might you compare The Big Rock Candy Mountain to and why?

    The Grapes of Wrath
    Families dealing with adversity. The father Bo Mason engenders empathy although he is the catalyst for his wife and son's misfortunes. Bo is also a victim of the times.


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

    Great voice that suits the themes and environment portrayed


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

    Epic tale of flawed characters of the American West in the early 20th century


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