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Leslie

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (10978)
    Performance
    (6992)
    Story
    (7024)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing Human Spirit!"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I enjoyed the style of writing and the detail that was just enough to make me feel a part of the story. The tedium of Louis Zamperini's exhausting trials were portrayed through words and length and description.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    There were so many. Not wanting to ruin the story for another reader, suffice it to say I most remember the moments when through all calamity, misery or pain, Louis Zamperini showed the strength of character that amazes and inspires me to rise to greater heights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say or it would ruin the story for another.


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

    Again, there were so many that made me reflect on my life's trials and how I handle them and how much we can actually get through and not only survive but thrive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was long and exhausting but only because I felt like I had to suffer along with Mr. Zamperini and so wanted to get him out! It is our trials more than our triumphs that help us to grow. He was a giant of a person and proved it throughout the rest of his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3737)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3344)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Putting History in Perspective"
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    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    I've always known the story of the assasination of Lincoln but this book opened my understanding of the times, events ane people surrounding that amazing time in our country's history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the book did not try to convict or acquit different persons who were somehow attached to the LIncoln assasination but allowed the reader to make that judgement by having all the facts currently available laid out. Even pieces of history that are questionable or unclear were laid out for the reader to sort and ponder.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to a Bill O'Reilly performance before so I cannot compare but I was definitely not disappointed with this one and would listen to a book of his again.


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

    We listened to this book on a long trip and everyone always wanted it back on after we were done with our pitstops along the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that this book allows me to understand not only the event but the history surrounding the event. The seemingly small things that happen can make such a tremendous difference in our lives. Good to remember.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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