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Geoffrey

Fort Collins, CO, United States | Member Since 2004

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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
    (209)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    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""
    "OK but disappointing"
    Overall

    This book is full of interesting first-hand accounts and anecdotes from the war zone. It offers an outstanding picture of how our wars impact the average civilian as well as what motivates many of our enemies.

    Such insights are squandered by not being placed into any semblance of structure. I can only listen to so many paragraphs starting with “one time…” – No date line, no context. This is how my five-year-old starts a story.

    The biggest disappoint is that these poignant tales fall far short of their full potential in the absence of any larger historic, strategic, or political context. A literary device – perhaps, but ineffective and a shame for a work that could have been much more. Not a one credit book, let alone two. Wait for a sale or peruse some chapters after checking it out of the library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (617)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "If you like being flogged by another's faith"
    Overall

    Grisham seems to always churn out a readable yarn. This one dragged on a bit, but overall held my interest. By the end I'd had my fill of AA and missionary pedagogy. I thought it might be building to an ironic twist, but nope - just saccharine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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