I think I've heard most of Paul's interviews over the years. This one doesn't cover anything new, Paul seemed willing to reveal a bit more emotion than he often does. In my view, Terry Gross is usually very good at covering a wide scope of questions, but in this case she did so at the expense of the interviewee's dignity, and for this reason I can't rate the interview any higher. Terry Gross touched on the deaths of John and Linda, and Paul seemed to be nearing a teary response in both instances, especially in talking about his lyrics to Here Today, which was written about John after his death. It was obviously difficult for him to read the song's lyrics in detail, and I felt like she didn't pick up on that at all. She just plowed ahead. She did it again in talking about Linda's death and then ended the interview somewhat abruptly. By the end of the interview, I felt bad for the guy. I understand she had limited time to conduct the interview and that she probably had a list of topics she wanted to cover, but I would have preferred that he be treated with more sensitivity. He's willing to revisit painful memories to satisfy our curiosity, and this deserves respect, not careless questioning like you're just trying to get through a checklist.
This was my third time with this book and first audiobook version. Tim Robbins was fantastic. He did a great job capturing the different personalities in his voice. And the book was as rich and delightful as the first time I read it. I highly recommend this.
I go through several audiobooks a month and I'm confident that this is the best narrating performance out there. Dick Hill should win an award. The book itself is nicely done. I've read everything related to Easy Company and I think this book is the most enjoyable.
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