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Michael

Santa Barbara, ca, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (732)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "A Town Like Alice"
    Overall

    By Michael, Santa Barbara, CA

    Excellent book. Tends to slow down a bit in the 2nd half, but overall a compelling story about interesting people and times. The descriptions about life in the UK and Australia were fascinating. The narration was quite good, with the narrator going back and forth from the London accent of the UK to the Australia accent.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Bloodlands again? Why?

    No. I never reread books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodlands?

    The post-war follow-up on how Stalin rewrote European history.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Steady. Handled a ton of numbers in a straight forward manner. Unemotional without being monotone or flat.


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

    No. The subject is just too big - wide and deep.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.

    I've read several books on both theatres of war. This was unique due to its focus on the victims -both of Stalin and Hitler.

    Unlike the Pacific war, the battle in Europe was one of several ethnicities, religious beliefs and a staggering amount of leaders and methodologies. This book brought the all the nuance together.

    Painful to listen to what with all the inhumanity on exhibit. And, the numbers are just overwhelming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3714)
    Performance
    (2664)
    Story
    (2678)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Hooked at End"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Never heard of this author before. Should have.

    Book is complex and compelling. Tons of characters.

    Book 1 is basically an introduction to the people, their relationships, places and times. And I kept thinking: why am I still listening. But I was still listening, and getting more and more interested in how it was going to play-out.

    By the end, I was hooked.

    Narrator Pacey is simply awesome.


    Michael
    Santa Barbara, CA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (809)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "The Redbreast"
    Overall

    Excellent book - although the names and town names are very confusing to an American like me. Very John Le Carre'ish. Patient, layered, info in bits and pieces Book jumps around from WWII to the 1999-2000. Not as dark as I thought it would be. Nesbo is going on my list of authors to read more of. And the narration by Robin Sachs was excellent. Probably best if listened to in long sections for continuity.

    Michael
    Santa Barbara

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (712)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "No Country for Old Men"
    Overall

    A major dissappointment after the great Border Triology series. Way too wordy. Too many long speaches. Narration was fine, same voice (Tom Stechachulte) that does the new James Lee Burke series set in New Mexico. Lets just say that this book makes Larry McMurtry look like pollyana.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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