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Mark Andrew Stone

Rockbreaker

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  • From Here to Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

    aaron says: "Genius on Every Level"
    "Gritty, Realistic, Depressing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is a realistic book detailing the gritty experiences of soldiers in early WWII. The focus is on non-commissioned officers and enlisted men in the army. Readers will learn how these men thought and the decisions they made. My chief criticism is that the author never provided a hopeful answer to the fatalistic world perspectives of the characters.


    Would you recommend From Here to Eternity to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It provides a "peak" into the mindset of those who have little hope in a world that appears to not reward the poor and downtrodden.


    What aspect of Elijah Alexander’s performance would you have changed?

    It would have been helpful to not read word for word. Since Jones used a lot of "he said's", Jones could have merely used different voices to avoid the constant refrain of "he said's."


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The movie would be rather graphic and depressing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1580)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "A Very Good Sequel"
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    What made the experience of listening to War and Remembrance the most enjoyable?

    Finishing the story started in the Winds of War.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    Hearing in the epilogue how committed Wouk was to actual historical fact.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything! He is the reason that a good story is made into a very good audio book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wouk's recounting of the death of Aaron Jastro at Auschwitz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2284)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A Great Story Told By a Great Narrator"
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    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Absolutely! The book is historically accurate. The characters are believable. And the narrator is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pug Henry. He is a great foil for characters with more dynamic and colorful personalities.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything! His ability to speak multiple languages, change voices, and make you think you were listening to a radio show was truly amazing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Winds of War and why?

    Talky Tudsberry. He was a comical but believable Brit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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