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Heidi

SHARON, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1550)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "absolute winner!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters came to life, and although this takes place in the 1940s it is a very timely story.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    I guess Pug would have to be my favorite because Kevin really conveyed a tough military man with a heart of gold.


    If you could take any character from War and Remembrance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd want to take Byron, Natalie and their son, Louis out to dinner. They went through so much in WW II and I'd like to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    At the same time I listened to this I was reading Mark Heim's Saved from Sacrifice about our human propensity towards human sacrifice. I was fascintated by Herman Wouk's comments about the war and particularly about the torpedo squadrons in the Battle of Midway. Between the young men dying in battle, and the millions of jews who died in concentration camps we seem to still very much practice human sacrifice.
    The two books together made for great material for my Holy Week and Easter sermons.
    -Rev. Heidi Truax, Trinity Church, Lime Rock, CT

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  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Franzen and/or David LeDoux?

    I really didn't care for the style of this author's writing.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Franzen’s story?

    I found the characters very depressing and self absorbed.


    What about David LeDoux’s performance did you like?

    Mr. LeDoux read clearly and with good inflection, but I just couldn't enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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