I was surprized at the author's outlandish racist attitude. At first, I thought that I had misinterped his meaning. So I backed up 2-3-4 times, and sure enough the racist intent was there; quite bold. I kept thinking that at the end of the story there would be some clever trick that would ratify the racism and clear up everything. Nope. Did'nt happen. I did a little research on Heinlein's work and attitude. He is recognized as being quite racist, and The Sixth Column is his MOST racist novel.
I would venture a bet that the novel would NOT be accepted by any modern day publisher. I'm sure it would be rejected. If I owned a book store -- Sixth Column would NOT be on my shelves.
As a point of clarification; I am a white, American male.
Yes, accents were believable and not over done.
The performance of the readers is particularly enjoyable. I always knew who was speaking and I never doubted the authenticity of the character.
There is no doubt that the stampede of the animals and all that followed was the main happening of the book.
N0 -- but I will be looking for them from now on.
The final chapter is really moving to a man of my age.... 75.
GET THIS BOOK!!! I will be looking for other books by this author and the performers. I have listened to this book 2 times now, and I'm sure I will listen again.
Heck YES. And I have done so, several times. Pearl Buck's body of work is a world treasure. I felt as though I was living IN the book/story. It is worth several re-reads.
Towards the end where the family recieves it directions for life from the parents. A real triumph of life.
This was my first listen of Mr. Heald. Real, honest, without any personal attitude.
GET THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUALS!!!
This book is really a short story. There is way too much "fill" in an attempt to make it a dark mystery.
Sure. Asimov is the Dean of Sci-Fi and most of his work is great, and I love it. Just not this book.
strong, interesting, valuable
Certainly. It is completely enjoyable listening. You are swept along thru Chinese culture and its people.
All Pearl Buck's books. She is the enchanter of Chinese story telling.
Yes I have. Ms Potter's style and voices are so perfectly suited to cary the english speaking listener into China that it makes you feel like YOU are the "Old China Hand".
No. The chapters were arranged so as to present perfect stopping points.
Don't miss this book. And that goes for all of Pearl Buck's stories. With good readers, you are swept INTO the story, you become one with the story. It makes you feel as though you belong.
Yes, I have recommended this book to several friends.
The story is amazing in it's stark realalism. Man's lust for gold is amazing. The pain and suffering for a relatively worthless metal is overwhelming. The cruelty is just shocking.
The main character, the story teller, really won me over. I'd be proud to call him my friend.
This is such a large abridgement that it didnt even begin to tell the story. I was very dissapointed.
It was just too short. I did not communicate the idea and meaning of the full book.
Dissappointment. I loved reading this book many years ago - but this version just left me cold.
Skip this one.
I would deffinately recommend this audiobook to friends -- in fact I have done so, several times over.
There are parts in this unabridged version that I never suspected to find. I was especially happy to discover the author's kinowledge of whaling. Also his kinowloedge of sailing and sailing vessels.
I would love tod go back 50 years and visit that dumb little Lit. 101 teacher I had my first year of college. She had no idea what this book was really about, she also had very little knowledge of the characters.
Instead of requiring students read that pittyful little paper back -- This version should be
The depth of information about whaling and the life of seamen in that eara. Even though I hate the killing of marine mamalls........ this story hightened my understanding of marine mamals.
no - it was all very moving.
Buy this audiobook - you will listen to it many times over.
I remember my elementary teachers would always coach us to
The story it's self. The description of the gulag life is overwhelming. That humans can adjust and live under those circumstances..... amazing
no expression.... very boring
I've read this book 4-5 times, it never looses its impact.
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