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Barbara

Pasadena, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11870)
    Performance
    (7826)
    Story
    (7861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Author misses the forest for the trees"
    Overall
    Performance
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    There was so much repetition and needless detail, it seemed like Hillenbrand thought she was being paid by the word. The writing was very prosaic, almost like a ninth-grader's history term-paper. It lacked both passion and depth. If you want to learn a little something about history, it's a serviceable account of one man's war experience. If you want a great and moving story, look elsewhere.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3490)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1212)

    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"
    "A work of genius"
    Overall

    Jonathan Franzen is by far the best contemporary writer on the planet and this work demonstrates that in spades. A work of utter genius, this novel is not to be missed. The story, the language, the emotion it evokes -- this is what novels are all about!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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