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SILVER SPRING, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "A WWII legend puts it down for us."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I just finished this today and have already recommended it. The first hand history. The openness of writer sharing his life story with us. His ability to paint pictures with his words is a true gift.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I love everything about this man. I love that Chester Nez forever put it all down for us. He never stopped giving of himself for his country for us to his very last days. I love that he shared so openly about his childhood. I was in awe of his sharing and description of the Navajo traditions that helped heal him from some of his war experiences. His ability to tell his story keeping the oral tradition of The People alive just overwhelms me. His battle descriptions were hard, but needing to be heard and somehow really came through to me, they were not over dramatized or elaborate, but I really, truly heard and felt the fear and the determination.This book helped me put together pieces of the some of the WWII puzzle, I never quite grasped before.

    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.

    Any additional comments?

    I would like to say, for any boomers out there who may not have understood their fathers, please listen to this story. If helped me understand my father even though his war was was not in the South Pacific and he was not Native American. Chester Nez filled some blanks in for me, it may be one of the most important books I have read.I am once again filled with gratitude and awe. Hearing Chester Nez speak his beautiful language at the end repeating the very first code he spoke all that time ago made me weep.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Under Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles.

    Mike says: "Impressive!"
    "All is Honor and Horses in anicent China."
    What did you like best about Under Heaven? What did you like least?

    I do love the historical setting of this novel, the Tang Dynasty such a complicated and fascinating political history. I do very much appreicate Guy's treatment of the women; they were no fools knew how and when to use their given "places" and it comes through in his telling of this story. As usual becuase of dept of this particualr time period; I did find the story hard to follow. I find it hard to keep track of all "background players", but then it wouldn't be a story of anicent Asia, as I understand it, without the many behind the Throne.

    Would you recommend Under Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not this one; not Kay's best in my opinion, however; I may have anticpated it so much in my mind that it fell a little shy for me. I would never discourage anybody from reading Guy's work overall though.

    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Alluring at times; well defined; excellent tone.

    Did Under Heaven inspire you to do anything?

    I did do a little research Sardian horses. Who wouldn't? Also, I may very well read for myself this story as that always helps me sort out all the players. BTW, this a very good question I personally feel a book is well read if it inspires one to reach out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Elly Griffiths' story lines r very interesting."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Room Full of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I like both her print and listening versions.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Room Full of Bones?

    Her description of the salt marshes always fascinate me.

    What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not change anything.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Archeology and Australia come together in an intriguing mystery. Rituals as old as bones reach out from the grave.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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