“Invasion Alaska” is similar to some other books with which you may be familiar: Harry Turtledove’s alternate (civil war) history series, “How Few Remain” and “American Front” and Tom Clancy’s imagined theater conflicts “Red Storm Rising” and “The Bear and the Dragon” all of which were more realistically imagined and which had superior descriptions of the technical military details. But what “Invasion Alaska” most closely reminded me of was the (first) movie “War of the Worlds,” because of the unremittingly depressing hopelessness of the story until the final, and in “Invasion Alaska’s” case, predictable, bail-out.I found the characters mostly shallow and pitiable, and the author’s prose inelegant and heavily reliant on pathos.The narrator ends every sentence with a rising tone on the last syllable, which I found disconcerting and distracting. He does an adequate but uninspired job with accents and inflection, but is not very good with women’s voices,which, fortunately for him, are few.The hurried, dismissive, and disappointing ending is a shameless setup for the sequel, and quite possibly an endless series of sequels in the fashion of the execrable “Left Behind” rip-offs.My remarks are tempered by having bought “Invasion Alaska” at a first-in-a-series teaser sale price.
He is in the crowded genre of techno thrillers, where even the ghost writers for the old guard are pretty good. There may not be much he can do.
A genuine Chinese speaker.
yesterday today tomorrow - The same characters have always been with us, and always will be.
God Knows - also by Joseph Heller.
I have never listened to Jay Sanders' work before. He was a master with Catch-22. There are not only dozens of voices but an equal number of wildly different personalities and points of view expressed by what the characters say and how they say it. I have no doubt that Mr. Sanders read through the book more than once and plotted his approach meticulously before making the recording. A remarkable achievement.
Why, Yossarian, of course. He sees things clearly, says what is true, and lives well.
I first read Catch-22 in college soon after it was published. I have read it three more times since then, the last after I had found a trophy hard bound copy in a used bookstore. It was one of the first books I bought from Audible and I have listened to it twice. I love this book. It is one of the five best books of the 20th century. And I am still not sure what happens, when, in the narrative.
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