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Joseph Renaghan

Gramps

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  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
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    (1256)
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    (1247)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Vietnam classic with a Tim O'Brien bonus piece!"
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    As a Vietnam combat veteran I finally got around to this well-known classic. I was very moved and taken right back to the sights and sounds and emotions of leading a platoon in combat and trying to make good decisions and keep my Marines alive. The audio bonus piece written and read by Tim O'Brien is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Closed Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lisa O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (9)
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    (10)

    Eleven-year-old Michael Murray is the best at two things: Keepy-uppies and keeping secrets. His family thinks he's too young to hear grown-up stuff, but he listens at doors; it's the only way to find out anything. And Michael's heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his mother's face. When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret waiting to be discovered.

    Sand says: "A lovely Audible treat"
    "Disappointed by the ending"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This fascinating whodunit suddenly ended with all the excitement of "who cares ?" It's as if the author got tired and just wanted to end the story.


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

    Listening to Simon Vance's Scottish brogue was well worth the time. He brought great feeling to the various characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (328)
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    (328)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "A letdown for understanding the Middle East"
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    I read this hoping to gain insight into how and why the modern Middle East was created. On that score I was greatly disappointed. Upon further research I found the classic account in the book " A Peace to End All Peace" by David Fromkin. I now realize that T.E. Lawrence was only a minor player. As Fromkin says in his Introduction "...the Arab Revolt...occurred not so much in reality as in the wonderful imagination of T.E. Lawrence, a teller of fantastic tales whom the American showman Lowell Thomas transformed into " Lawrence of Arabia." Originally published in 1989, Fromkin's book and his Afterword to the 2009 Edition are extremely insightful. So if you're interested in Lawrence the person then buy "Lawrence in Arabia." If your larger goal is understanding the modern Middle East then read "A Peace to End All Peace."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (586)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "Strip away the fluff and it was simply murder!"
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    Yes, the water was rising and yes, the electricity went out and yes, the backup generators finally failed as well and yes, the toilets overflowed. So do we just kill the patients who were within hours of being rescued? The hospital had food, water, and medications. This book isn't about difficult triage decisions which have to be made in a disaster situation e.g., who gets treated or medevaced out first, who gets the last vial of medicine,etc.The patients to whom Dr. Pou gave lethal injections weren't asking to die. She wasn't giving palliative medicine intended to alleviate pain or anxiety. She INTENDED to kill them without having consulted with them or their families. She has never explained why she did it. The story made me angry that she got away with it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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