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Joshua

Lexington, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah Chayes
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As a National Public Radio reporter covering the last stand of the Taliban in Afghanistan's southern borderland, Sarah Chayes became deeply immersed in the attempt to rebuild a broken nation. With her NPR assignment finished in early 2002, she left reporting to help turn around the country's fortunes, accepting a job running a nonprofit founded by President Hamid Karzai's brother. With remarkable access to leading players in the postwar government, Chayes witnessed a tragic, perverse turn of events.

    Joshua says: "Pronunciation errors abound!"
    "Pronunciation errors abound!"
    Overall

    This is an interesting book, but the narrator commits a range of terrible pronunciation errors that make me wonder who the lazy sloths are who produce these things. Saying "calvary" for "cavalry" (which makes military forces sound like Christian zealots), pronouncing "NGO" not as three discrete letters but as a single Zulu-sounding acronym, even pronouncing "similarly" as "similarily." And let's not get started on names. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Mujahedeen leader, becomes Gulbyudin Hekmatire (roughly rhyming with Rasputin McIntyre). I don't know if this stuff bothers you, but it drives me crazy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sabbath's Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey Sabbath at 64 is an aging, raging powerhouse, defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his longtime mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.

    Joshua says: "A great book by a great writer"
    "A great book by a great writer"
    Overall

    Those with fragile sensibilities should look elsewhere, but make no mistake: this is Roth's masterpiece. Exhilarating, challenging, lyrical. Wonderfully performed as well.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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