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Carie

Santa Monica, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Howarth
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    It begins with an ambushed commando raid that leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though wounded, Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps, while the Nazis pursue him relentlessly. He suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances on to a cabin, where the first in a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid.

    Erik says: "An unbelievable journey"
    "One of those great stories you rarely hear - read"
    Overall

    I just finished Unbroken, an exceptional audio book. We Die Alone was a fitting sequel. Despite my own life's challenges, I am amazed by the resilience and inner drive-strength of some people beyond anything anyone can dream up. And sadly, they make me think of how pathetic some people are, hearing them whine about a 10 minute wait or that their dinner bread is not warm enough, all the while never giving a thought about those who risk their lives and minds for others and their countries. At times I had some challenges figuring out the landscape of the book, even having spent much time in Scandinavia and having been to the fjords, but no matter, Google Earth helped me out :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12043)
    Performance
    (7993)
    Story
    (8028)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Perseverance"
    Overall

    The narrator is excellent. The story is compelling. And our hero is just that, if not for what he did during WWII then for what he stands for. The runner in him in the form of channeled childhood energy remained at his core and perhaps it was this that drove him to endure. What those who meet hardship, either together or alone, all need in order to come out the other side without losing their mind, or their life, in the process.

    Well done Louis. For those who read or hear of your exploits, I hope most take with them that this is what being an American is about. He has other messages within the text, but this is the one, for me, that is needed in our bleaker than normal current world climate and American crisis.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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