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Ryan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "The most moving radio journalism ever"
    Overall

    Living in the UK for the past few years, I had not heard Anne Garrel nor NPR during the recent conflict (to correct another review - this is actually about the "second" Gulf War). It was highly informative to hear her very profressional reporting, but what makes this a "must listen" is her husband's moving, and often humorous, updates on Anne.

    There is a fantastic chapter where she dutifully reports the horrors of civilian casualties in a Baghdad market place, providing insightful analysis of the contradictory reports being given to her by grieving, angry Iraqis. What her husband reveals later on, is the emotional bludgeoning an event like this has on a passive observer like a journalist. The tearful phone call he describes as receiving helps colour her actual experience for you, beyond the satellite phone report she filed with Morning Edition.

    Not only did this high quality writing/reporting compel me from chapter to chapter, but it helped me better understand the continuing conflict in Iraq. I can't recommend this strongly enough.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (893)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "It took two tries, but worth it!"
    Overall

    I listened for a couple of hours, but it seemed to go nowhere. My wife - a fan of the print versin - encouraged me to push on. I was very glad that I did, as once over a rather dry first act, it starts pulling along with it's own momentum. The final chapters are as exciting, and clever as any I have read in science fiction.

    And 5 stars for Bruce Cambell! Of the couple dozen titles I have listened to, he is one of the best narrators I have come across.

    Great ideas, good enough story, and excellent narrator. It would be 5 stars, but the first third is too slow so 4.5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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