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  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dexter Filkins
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, we witness the chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.

    Terry says: "A memorable "read""
    "A great book, but a "difficult listen""
    Overall

    While I'm enjoying the book immensely, I find it jumps around in time and location, which makes it difficult to follow - especially since I listen while commuting and can be easily distracted. I think it would have been better as a "read" than a listen. A cheat sheet with a calendar of events and a map of the area would be helpful (but admittedly not a great idea when one is driving!).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5309)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3515)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Excellent narrator - love the voices"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Diana Gabaldon, so I knew I'd love the book (when is the next one coming out?). But since I hadn't gotten around to reading this latest in her Outlander series, I finally downloaded the audio (this is one series I prefer to read).

    I was a bit worried due to some other reviews regarding the narrator, but I absolutely loved her "voices." She's an excellent narrator, who does an excellent brogue! (I do prefer different voices for a novel's characters.) I recognized her immediately as one of the voices in Innocent Traitor, and will look for her other work.

    I had no problems with sound quality, but I now download the enhanced format. They are larger files, but since I'm usually listening in the car, it seems to be worth it. I have far fewer problems since using the upgraded format. My iPod doesn't have an interface with my car (only an output), so it's much safer, too. No more fiddling with tiny rewind feature when driving.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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