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Peter Wilson

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  • Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (313)

    In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China. The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE AMERICANS ARE NOT SIBERIANS"
    "Depressing Disconcerting Dismissive Disappointing"
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    What would have made Invasion: Alaska better?

    “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.


    What could Vaughn Heppner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Ashby?

    A genuine Chinese speaker.


    Any additional comments?

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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1209)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Timeless"
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    If you could sum up Catch-22 in three words, what would they be?

    yesterday today tomorrow - The same characters have always been with us, and always will be.


    What other book might you compare Catch-22 to and why?

    God Knows - also by Joseph Heller.


    Have you listened to any of Jay O. Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could take any character from Catch-22 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why, Yossarian, of course. He sees things clearly, says what is true, and lives well.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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