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Lisa

Norfolk, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Pellegrino
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (72)
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    (72)

    Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

    Daniel says: "Awsome"
    "Hiroshima Uncovered"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Train from Hiroshima the most enjoyable?

    I usually listen to audiobooks while gardening. I started Last Train to Hiroshima on a day when I had a massive amount to do. This book was so compelling that I got it all done and then some! I could not stop listening. I am a child of the Nuclear age. I worked for a woman who lived through the second blast. She was one of the children how hid in a cave and she was young enough to be so scared she stayed in there for a while after the blast. But I honestly did not comprehend what she walked out of that cave in to until now.Last Train to Hiroshima is well written and well read. It gave me a long needed perspective on the destructive capability of the bombs and the lives of those who were in it.


    What other book might you compare The Last Train from Hiroshima to and why?

    This book has no comparison. The author's marriage of understanding and compassion with honesty and hindsight is unique. He leaves you to the experience without his opinion making me live more intensely in the moment of their lives. Thus I will never be the same.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book took me aback, stopped my heart in several places. I did not want to cry but could not help myself. It left me with the question which of these people would I most resemble if it happened again?


    Any additional comments?

    This should be standard reading for all college modern History, International Relations majors and all in the nuclear industry.

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  • Love's Labour's Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Derek Godfrey, Prunella Scales, Diana Rigg
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Complete and unabridged version of Shakespeare's comedy performed by a full cast including Derek Godfrey, Prunella Scales, and Diana Rigg.

    Lisa says: "Love's Labour's was Labor"
    "Love's Labour's was Labor"
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    What did you like best about Love's Labour's Lost? What did you like least?

    Shakespeare of course. The recording is shrill and hard to discern at times. It needs some audio re-engineering.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love's Labour's Lost?

    The lords catching each other in their failures...quite funny. I need more Shakespeare in my life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    I do not know.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I do not think I will listen to this recording again as it was so difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Reza Kahlili
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government.

    Walter says: "Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times."
    "Great and grave insight!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Time to Betray to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Betray?

    Reza finding his friends in prison and the woman who told him her story of exploitation.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Allen – was your favorite?

    Reza of course. He gives the audience perspective and understanding of his slice of Iranian life. I cringed at the brutality, cried at the injustice and fear the replication
    of the ideals of the Iranian government over their people. Reza is a human and heroic man!


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

    I was the one I DID listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I am old enough to remember these events from the news. I am old enough to be concerned that the same words that Iatola Komani used to gain election are the same words that US leaders used in 2008 and 2012. I pray we are not headed down the same path. Are we going to repeat this history in our nation or learn from it? You decide.

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