Wonderful story and memories. It seemed that Bob Greene was using a lot of "filler" to make a longer book of what should have been a short and sweet compilation of memories of the incredible North Platte Canteen (Nebraska) effort in WWI. These volunteers met EVERY troop train from 1941 on, and gave free food and friendship to MILLIONS of service people.
I didn't need to know about the airport or the museum. But I did get misty-eyed listening to a few of the "greatest generation's" comments on this unique show of support to the troops.
As one of the first audible.com subscribers, I was disappointed in the reader. He did not have the crisp delineation of characters that I expect.
I enjoyed it, but wouldn't suggest it. I think it is a book best read, not listened to.
I bought this on the holiday sale (Thank you, Audible) because I had enjoyed "Hit Man" by Lawrence Block many years ago, but mostly because Frank Muller (Rest in Peace, 2008) was narrating. Though I have current favorite narrators, no one tops Frank Muller. What a treat to hear him.
This was a witty romp which reminded me of Garrison Keillor's "Guy Noir" sketches.
I had to stop a few times just to savor James Lee Burke's descriptive language. He is still a powerful writer. I was initially disappointed to find that Mark Hammer was not the narrator, but Will Patton proved himself a worthy reader. It was great to revisit some of favorite flawed characters.
This is Kozak's 2nd book with Wollie Shelley, but the first one on audio. Kozak writes with great wit for her characters. And even though the characters seem outrageous at first, they're real people. It's GREAT to read a crime mystery that doesn't rely on profanity. And she paints Wollie's character as sexual without using gratuituous sex. The mystery is good and it's a fast read. When's the next one?
What a treat to have this book read to me! I read it years ago but always stumbled over the French words. It was great to have a narrator who handled the text so well.
I agree that some passages are quite long, but that's the way Hugo wrote it. I look forward to the next two installments.
I subsitute teach in seven rural school districts. Battle of the Mad Scientists is one of my "secret weapons" to reward good behavior. Kindergarten through 8th grade LOVE Bill and all of his stories and songs. My own middle-school child has been a Bill Harley fan for years, and his work is our favorite entertainment on long car rides.
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