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Elizabeth Pitts

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  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (152)
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    (136)
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    (134)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "And What a Life It's Been..."
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    A timely, important work by one of the most talented and dedicated journalists of our time, this is an excellent memoir, as well as a clarion call for anyone concerned with the state of journalism today.

    Dan Rather has been a household name for many years now, but nevertheless I hadn't realized the depth and breadth of his work. What a life, what a legacy. Rather took his cue in part from the legendary "Murrow Boys," and it shows.

    Rather details his time at CBS, including his eventual departure, as well as coverage of Abu Ghraib, Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, the civil rights movement, and years of reportage from war zones across the globe, and interweaves his views on journalism in general and the importance of a robust free press in particular.

    Throughout the book, Rather's integrity, fierce dedication and drive to report the news, to tell people what they need to know, as an agent of the public interest, shine through. His narration of the audio book is excellent; it's his story, and he conveys the narrative and the emotion of the events well, in his distinctive "Dan Rather, CBS News," voice.

    This excellent book is the result of a life well lived, and should be read far and wide.

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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2294)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Beautifully written, magnificently performed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend it, and I have. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, Colin Firth's performance of this work is stellar, and complements the novel itself well. His reading is powerful and evocative, and really captures the nuance and lyricism of the work.
    This is the first Graham Greene novel I've read, and I absolutely loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though it's set in pre-war, wartime and post-war London, from around 1939 to 1946, its themes and the struggles of its all too human characters are timeless. It is a beautiful meditation on love, hate, reason, faith, spirituality and human potential. It's wonderfully written, and I was taken aback more than once by the force of its simply stated truths. I don't know that I fully agree with everything Greene seems to be saying in the work, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.


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

    Colin Firth's narration is extremely evocative, without being at all overwrought. His performance is nigh perfect, and contributes to the lyricism and power of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Even though it's a short work, and I really enjoyed it--in fact, because I really enjoyed it--I wanted to take the time required to really take it in and appreciate it. I listened over a period of about three days.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.

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