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  • The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Jacobson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The journey that takes Mark Jacobson around the world began when a friend bought a lamp at a rummage sale and was told that it was made from the skins of Jews. While he didn't believe the story, he sent it to Mark, saying, "You're a journalist, you figure out what it is." This is the first known discovery and investigation of such an artifact.

    Steven says: "Stream of consciousness history"
    "Nawlins weirdness and the horror of the holocaust."
    If you could sum up The Lampshade in three words, what would they be?

    Strange journey (of) happenstance: There are so many weird characters and threads here that the reader want there to be a good story. The story is really about the search for a story or the promise of a story -- a story that you want to believe. The story the author wants to tell never quite closes, even within the confines of the book. This isn't really storytelling anyway, it is reporting but the loose ends never get tied up.

    Would you recommend The Lampshade to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends: Certainly there is a lot to discuss in this wide-ranging book. In the end I am not sure that the payoff is there.

    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    He nailed it: the overly self-aware, overly literate author's inner voice of motivation.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The recounting of the holocaust came the closest, but I think most readers will have previously confronted those demons, sickening though they may be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jamestown, the Buried Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William M. Kelso
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson

    What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are scarce, ambiguous, and often conflicting, and those curious about the birthplace of the United States are left to turn to dramatic and often highly fictionalized reports.

    Michael says: "America's Beginnings"
    What made the experience of listening to Jamestown, the Buried Truth the most enjoyable?

    Having been to Jamestown several times, it was great to get the chief archaeologist's insights and story. Despite the set backs, miscues, and disasters, the drive and vision of the people who settled is inspiring. To be sure, these were real, flawed individuals. For me, that makes the survival and ultimate success of the colony remarkable.

    What other book might you compare Jamestown, the Buried Truth to and why?

    I have read the available primary sources, which are available online. But as Kelso correctly points out, the written record is thin. I also plan to listen to The Savage Kingdom (available on audible!), but haven't yet.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The portions dealing with Gosnold.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, there is much detailed information to digest. In fact I am on my second listening.

    Any additional comments?

    Another reviewer pointed out that the maps and diagrams are needed. I suggest going to historicjamestowne(dot)org for further information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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