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John W. Westcott

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Bloomfield, CT United States | Member Since 2003


  • Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.

    Elizabeth says: "All the good & bad that is Pamuk"
    "The Mystery of the Turkish Mind"

    I found the book to be a window into the mystery of the Turkish mind as it wrestles with Islam. Set in a snow storm, it is haunting and surreal throughout. It may take a couple chapters to get into so be patient.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    What made the experience of listening to Deliverance the most enjoyable?

    I have seen the movie which is excellent several times, but the book is awesome.
    Dickey can write and uses words like a railroad man drives a spike.
    I loved his description of canoeing. Amazing.
    This is a man's book about men in the wilderness with a great intro about contemporary culture.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No comment

    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton's accent and inflection makes the narrative come alive.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have done whitewater rafting and canoeing. Listening to the book I was on the water again..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "Interesting but poorly written"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like the Revolutionary War, this covers a time period rarely written about:
    from the Battle of Long Island to the Surprise attack on Trenton.

    However, the writing style is very poor with lots of repetition.
    The author writes a good basic narrative but then sidetracks from time to time into discussions of aspects of the war that are dry and boring.

    He repeats quotes from various characters.

    If you’ve listened to books by David Hackett Fischer before, how does this one compare?

    Not one of his better efforts

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was o.k.. It was not the reader but the writing that I disliked.

    Was Washington's Crossing worth the listening time?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Macho American Mitch"

    This was my first experience with author Vince Flynn and his hero Mitch Rapp. The book was fun, fast, refreshing blunt and filled with macho bravado and violence. It is centered on our current crisis with IRAN and offers some predictable yet solid insights for escapist fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Excellent Account"

    This account of the US conflict with the Barbary "pirates" (Muslims) is entertaining, succinct and accurate. The book's observations of how the Muslims negotiate, fight and act holds true today as the conflict between the West and Islam continues.

    60 of 71 people found this review helpful

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